St. George’s University’s Department of Educational Services (DES) was created to support students, faculty, and administrators in their academic endeavors at SGU.
The mission of DES is to provide academic development and support services to the SGU community. Our primary goal is to enhance the educational experience of students and faculty members and thereby promote academic excellence.
DES, which in 2011 led SGU to become the first Caribbean institution outside of Puerto Rico to earn the Outstanding Institutional Advising Program Certificate of Merit Award by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), provides services through programs, courses, workshops, and individual sessions. In DES you will also find resource books and informational handouts on topics pertinent to your studies. DES is continually evaluating the needs of the University and working to develop initiatives to address those needs. We strive to maintain a friendly and supportive environment in our department and welcome input from students and faculty.
The Department offers many support services to students, including course material review sessions, testing, and study skills programs, and other programs designed to promote academic success. Please come in to the office and see us if you have any questions or concerns or simply check out the DES site on Sakai. In short, we are here to help students succeed!
Programs for Students and Faculty Include:
The Specialized English Language Program (SELP) offers classes and workshops as well as individualized programs focusing on reading efficiency and comprehension, writing, oral communication, pronunciation, and grammatical accuracy. Additionally, the program offers an English Medical Communications Skills course.
The Academic Enhancement Program (AEP) is a support program for selected students in their first year in the School of Medicine or School of Veterinary Medicine. This retention initiative includes review group sessions, personal advising, and access to other DES programs as needed.
The Learning Skills Program is designed to provide personalized, one-on-one guidance where specific learning gaps are identified and skills are developed. Common issues include: Time Management, Test Taking Skills, Focus, Stress and Anxiety Management, and Taking/Making Notes.
Faculty Development: Supporting faculty in their pursuit of excellence in scholarship, teaching and learning is the mission of the faculty development program at SGU. Faculty can join one of the regular “Let’s Talk Teaching and Learning” sessions, access resources, receive consultation, attend workshops, or participate in faculty orientation programs. Look on our Faculty Development site on Sakai or just drop in for a visit.