Use the following advising guide to assist you with School of Professional and Continuing Studies advising policies and procedures.
Information found here will enable you to make sound decisions needed to succeed as a School of Professional and Continuing Studies graduate of the bachelor's degree program. While in pursuit of academic excellence to earn your degree, you should work closely with your advisor. Treat your relationship with your advisor as an academic partnership.
The School of Professional and Continuing Studies views academic advising as a developmental process. During this process, students work in partnership with their academic advisor to clarify career goals and develop an educational plan to help realize those goals.
Is Your Choice the Right Choice?
Keep your advisor informed of choices you desire to pursue. Take advantage of his or her expertise and make wise decisions that keep your career goals in focus.
The Academic Advising Process
Successful advising occurs when advisors and advisees share the responsibility of this multifaceted ongoing process. Advising begins at admissions where student files are reviewed and a course of study is recommended. A preliminary evaluation of your experiential learning is a vital component of this recommendation.
Adult students bring a rich and varied experience to the program. We want you to capitalize on this expertise to save you both time and money.
We encourage you to think "I learned" rather than "I did." Information you provide during the admissions process and to your advisor will help guide your program.
The Advisor's Role
The primary roles of the academic advisors are to encourage and mentor your academic and personal development. They will also help you identify and assess options and the consequences of decisions.
The advisor is expected to help you:
- Define and develop realistic goals
- Plan an academic program
- Monitor your progress toward educational and career goals
- Identify and suggest the use of appropriate institutional support services
Specifically, the advisor will:
- Assist with course selection
- Explain the School of Professional and Continuing Studies program
- Explain your journey through the program including the required core curriculum, general education requirements, and role of experiential learning
The ultimate responsibility for making educational decisions rests with you, the student. As a student you are expected to become knowledgeable of the School of Professional and Continuing Studies policies, procedures, and requirements.
You should also utilize academic support services. You are expected to be prepared to discuss experiential learning options, and the resulting impact of experiential learning on your academic plan.
We recommend the following for achieving success.
- Meet with your advisor at least once every term
- Become and remain an active partner in the advising process