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Academic Advising

Academic Advising

Academic advisors assist students in meeting their educational goals and utilizing campus resources. The Academic Success Center provides advising for first-year students in the day division. Upper-level, day division students are assigned faculty advisors in their colleges. An important tool for advisers is the STARFISH early alert system.  Other faculty and student affairs staff may “flag” students who are experiencing difficulty in a class or exhibiting at-risk behaviors. The academic advisor will outreach to the student to discuss solutions, provide referrals and guidance, and give advice. STARFISH also provides students with an opportunity to view their success networks, support services, and a calendar displaying appointments for academic and personal support.

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies advises Continuing Studies students. The office maintains regular evening hours. In addition, students may seek advising via telephone or email.

Majors Advising

Students who have not yet declared a major or students who are thinking about changing their major are encouraged to meet with their advisor or the college Advising Advocate for specialized advising. Students also are encouraged to make one-on-one appointments with the staff of the Career Services Center in order to participate in career inventories and assessments so that they may choose a major that links their interests with their skills and abilities. Students will be advised to discuss possible majors and to talk with appropriate professionals on campus about the fields they are considering.

Undeclared students are encouraged to work intensively with their academic advisers to select courses that will help them to prepare to enter a specific major. Undeclared students are encouraged to declare a major after they have completed 30 credits. Students are required to declare a major after they have completed 60 credits.