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Academic Advising
Academic advising involves being guided through which classes a student should take and when they should take them. All students are encouraged to be advised to assure that they are taking classes relevant to their individual degrees. There are five categories of students who fall under mandatory advisement:
  • Students with no SHSU GPA (all new freshmen and transfer students)
  • Students who have below a 2.5 overall GPA.
  • Students subject to TSI requirements.
  • Students who have 90+ hours, including the current semester. This is to assure that they are on the right track towards graduation.
  • Students who have no major on file and are listed as General Core once they have earned 45 hours.
Blackboard is an online Learning Management System (LMS) that delivers Courses and Course Materials, Assessments, Grading, Surveys, Portfolios and more in a digital format. It is accessible to all students and faculty, and an online equivalent of every course offered exists in the Blackboard system.
Blackboard Collaborate
Blackboard Collaborate is a simple, convenient, and reliable online collaborative learning solution. It is a browser-based web conferencing tool available to all courses which includes chat, video chat, application and screen sharing, and more.
Blackboard Date Management Tool
The Blackboard Date Management Tool allows the Instructor of a course in Blackboard to easily adjust all Content and Tool dates (Availability and Due Dates) on one screen.
Bearkat OneCard
The Bearkat OneCard is the official ID card of Sam Houston State University. It serves as your official student identification card which once activated is used to access various services available to SHSU students. It can also be used to process refunds and can even be activated as an optional financial account.
Bearkat Transfer Grant
Correspondence Courses
Capstone Course
A capstone course is a course which must be completed in order to be awarded a Bachelor's Degree in General Studies. During the capstone course, students will conduct career exploration activities as well as complete a capstone project linking the three minor areas of study that comprise the student's personalized Bachelor of General Studies degree. Students will have research, review, and analyze the three academic minor areas and meld them into an innovative research report.
Discussion Boards
Blackboard’s discussion board feature allows participants to carry on discussions online, at any time of the day or night, with no need for the participants to be logged into the site at the same time. The discussion is recorded on the course site for all to review and respond at their convenience. The discussions may be graded as well. You may have multiple discussion board forums in your course – for example, you might choose to have a different forum for each topic. If you are using the Blackboard Groups feature, you may find it useful to have a discussion board for each group. A course discussion board can contain multiple forums; each forum may contain multiple threads; and each thread may contain multiple postings.
Financial Aid
Kaltura is an open-source video platform for online video creation and management. Kaltura is integrated with the Blackboard system to facilitate the creation and distribution of videos via Blackboard courses.
Online Professional Certifications
PACT exam
Respondus Lockdown Browser
Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within a Learning Management System. It is integrated with Blackboard so that using this locked-down browser can be made a requirement for taking an assessment.
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