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Advising and Tutoring
College of Arts & Sciences
The College of Arts & Sciences has 17 academic departments. The department of the student’s declared major assigns a faculty member to each student to serve as an academic advisor. Students are required to meet with the academic advisor each quarter to discuss course selections and address concerns. General Studies and General Science students are also assigned an academic advisor until the major is chosen. A Junior Checksheet of Unfulfilled Requirements should be requested in the Office of the Dean upon completion of 90 credit hours. The Application for Graduation should be completed one semester before the expected graduation date.
The College of Arts & Sciences provides small group tutoring sessions for select 100 and 200 level general education courses. Tutoring sessions are open to all undergraduate students, regardless of major. Tutors are upperclassmen that have been recommended by the department chairperson. Under special circumstance, one-on-one tutoring is available upon request.
Tutoring posters are hung in all major buildings on campus including residence halls.
Raabe College of Pharmacy
The College of Pharmacy assigns academic advisors to students at the beginning of their P-1 year. Students are notified in their first POP class and are asked to meet with their advisor prior to scheduling. Advisors are trained by the College and receive periodic updates on student progress and/or early warning advisories. The student retains this advisor until they complete their P-4 year. At this time, advising transfers to the Office of Experiential Education within the College.
The College of Pharmacy provides student tutors in all subject areas. The student tutoring program is student managed and operates two nights a week throughout the year. Tutors are hired based on application, academic standards, and interviews. Tutors are available during the hours of the tutoring center and in “one on one” meetings by arrangement. Contact information for all tutors is posted in the pharmacy building.
College of Engineering
Beginning with registration for the freshman fall quarter, each student is partnered with an engineering faculty member for course registration and academic performance advising. Students in special situations may be assigned to work with the Assistant Dean of Admissions and Advising. Students’ high school transcripts are carefully screened for math and science classes, in addition to ACT/SAT performance scores. Based on this and a possible calculus readiness test, the advisor assigns students to appropriate freshman physics and calculus course sequences to promote solid knowledge in these fundamental areas. The faculty advisor continues meeting with each student at least once per quarter to ensure proper sequencing of topics and completion of graduation requirements. Students are also provided with a Bear Tracks 101 Registration and Advising Handbook, which contains useful information from calculator and computer policies to curriculum requirements for various majors and minors within the College.
We strive to meet the educational needs of all our students. Tutoring is often key to assisting students as they master new material. All faculty at the university maintain a minimum of five office hours per week, and class sizes are small enough that students can easily ask questions within lecture sessions. If further help is required, students are encouraged to make an appointment to meet with their professor. Free student-led tutoring sessions are available for courses offered within the College of Arts and Sciences. Also, the engineering honorary society, Tau Beta Pi, provides weekly tutoring sessions on freshman and sophomore year engineering course topics. An additional unique feature of the College of Engineering is the common freshman core course sequence for engineering majors. These core courses allow students to quickly form study groups since they have three of their four courses in common each quarter. This peer support assists students as they transition from high school study habits to the more independent college study environment. The peer support network will continue throughout the upper-level courses due to the highly residential nature of the campus, and the team-based environment of laboratory and design problems within the College.
James F. Dicke College of Business Administration
The College of Business Administration assigns academic advisors in August for incoming freshmen and transfer students. All members of the College’s full time faculty are responsible for student advising. The faculty receive periodic training related to academic advising, particularly involving curricular topics and changes.
Student tutoring in the principles of accounting and economics are provided on a scheduled basis. The schedule for tutoring is posted on the bulletin board at the side entrance to Dicke Hall.