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Academic Advising


How You and Your Faculty Advisor Should Work Together
Each student at the University is assigned to a faculty member who is an advisor for both educational and vocational guidance. The advising process is designed to help students as they make important decisions related to their academic progress at the University. As new advisees, recently admitted students should become familiar with both their advisors and the advising process. Below you will find some guidelines to follow throughout the year to make the advising process a successful part of your University experience.

When to see your advisor 

  1. To discuss any problems which affect academic performance.
  2. To select courses for the upcoming quarter.
  3. To add or drop courses.
  4. To register to take a course pass-fail or audit.
  5. To discuss academic progress.
  6. To declare a major.
  7. To file a degree plan.
  8. To discuss career considerations.

How to see your advisor 

  1. Become familiar with your advisor's office hours/schedule.
  2. Whenever possible, call to make an appointment instead of dropping by without one.
  3. If it is necessary to drop by without an appointment, try to do so at a time when your advisor has posted office hours, avoid lunch time (12:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.), and allow plenty of time in case you have to wait to see your advisor.
  4. Because the first and last two weeks of each quarter are the busiest for advisors, schedule longer conferences during the middle portion of the quarter.

What you and your advisor should do? 

  1. You and keep in touch with your advisor.
    Your advisor office hours.
  2. You should...make and keep appointments or call if it is necessary to change or cancel an appointment.
    Your advisor should...keep appointments or call if it is necessary to change or cancel an appointment.
  3. You should...come with specific questions in mind.
    Your advisor should... provide accurate and specific information.
  4. You should...come with necessary materials (pencil/pen, class schedule, process form, etc.)
    Your advisor should…have resource material on hand (The University Bulletin of Information, Advising Handbook, etc.)
  5. You should...ask about other sources of information.
    Your advisor should... suggest other sources of information.
  6. You open concerning school work, study habits, academic progress, etc.
    Your advisor should...listen and help you solve problems.
  7. You a schedule free of conflicts in time.
    Your advisor should... check your schedule for appropriate selection of courses.
  8. You should...make decisions concerning careers, choice of majors, and selection of courses.
    Your advisor should...suggest options concerning careers, choice of majors, and selection of courses.

Frequently Asked Questions  

Q: Who is my Advisor? How can I find out who this is?
A: Students are able to see their assigned Academic Advisor by logging into their Shaw Bears Student Account. Once logged in, the student should click the Students tab. The top box will list the Faculty Advisor’s name and the student’s major.

Q: Can you register me for classes?
A: The primary responsibility of the Academic Advising Center is to advise undecided freshman. Please defer to your faculty advisor first to obtain classes. If you are unsuccessful, than contact the Academic Advising Center to determine a time to meet with one of our Advisors.

Q: Can you remove the hold on my account?
A: The Academic Advising Center will not remove holds over the phone. If students are experience difficulties registering, they can walk-in or make an appointment to meet with an Adviser to discuss the specifics of your situation.

Q: I received a letter in the mail about my Academic Standing? What does this mean? 
A:  Students who do not meet Satisfactory Academic Progress will receive a letter regarding their academic performance. Specific directions are listed on the letter for students to follow. Students can contact the Academic Advising office if their have questions about their specific academic situation.