Business

Advising Goals

In accordance with its mission, the primary advising goal of the College of Business is to provide students with a system of developmental advising opportunities which enable them to engage in and take responsibility for their personal and professional strategic planning.

Advising Policy

The advising system in the College of Business is based on the 'dual advising' model which is recommended as the preferred model for four year institutions by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). The model consists of two parts with separate and distinct authorities:

The College of Business Office of Student Services (OSS) is responsible for the following centralized advising components:

  • Orientation
  • Coordination of registration
  • Efficient and effective delivery of information resources
  • Consistent and equitable enforcement of College of Business Admission Standards
  • Consistent and equitable consideration of course substitutions
  • Centralized certification of College of Business Degree Requirements

Faculty Advisors are responsible through a series of required and structured advising opportunities for the following:

  • Effective delivery of student/faculty academic mentoring
  • Effective delivery of student/faculty career/professional development

Students are assigned a faculty advisor in the appropriate option area during orientation or when a student changes curriculum into business. Students may request or change advisors with the OSS.

Student feedback on advising has indicated that they are very satisfied with the centralized advising services of OSS. However, they expressed an interest in improving the student/faculty advisor interaction. Based on the students' feedback and preliminary design, the College of Business is implementing the following required advising opportunities for students. Each opportunity is designed to promote a developmental mentoring relationship between students and faculty as well as accomplish a number of strategic goals.

Freshman Year

Advising Goals

  1. Build relationship between student and advisor
  2. Discuss Personal Strategic Plan
  3. Lay out 4 year option academic plan
  4. Lay out University Core plan
  5. Discuss Student Involvement Log

Advising Implementation

The Freshman year advising session will be planned around the Freshman student's Personal Strategic Plan (PSP) introduced in Bus 101 - Freshman Seminar. Since the PSP is an important requirement for Bus 101 and the student's academic career, students will be required to meet with their advisor at least once in the Fall or Spring semester depending on enrollment in Bus 101.

Requirements & Responsibilities

Students:

  1. Make initial appointment with advisor
  2. Have knowledge of PSP, U-Core, COB PreCore & COB Core requirements
  3. Must obtain advisor's signature on the PSP (Bus 101 requirement)
  4. Keep in contact with advisor if questions and problems arise

Faculty:

  1. Make time available for initial contact
  2. Have knowledge of PSP, U-Core, COB PreCore & COB Core requirements
  3. To guide students in a professional & responsible manner
  4. Provide new student welcome and campus orientation

Sophomore Year

Advising Goals

  1. Continue relationship between student and advisor
  2. Confirm Jr./Sr. plan as outlined in students PSP
  3. Discuss restricted electives
  4. Begin career & professional development plans - discuss COB clubs & other student participation alternatives
  5. Update Student Involvement Log
  6. Discuss internships

Advising Implementation

The Sophomore year advising session will be planned around the student's Formal Admission into the College of Business. This meeting will take place at least one semester prior to actual admission into COB, because the Formal Admission application is due during registration for the following semester.

Requirements & Responsibilities

Students:

  1. Make appointment with advisor
  2. Follow plan laid out in Personal Strategic Plan
  3. Must obtain advisor's signature on the Formal Admission application
  4. Must turn in Formal Admission application to Office of Student Services
  5. Keep in contact with advisor if questions and problems arise

Faculty:

  1. Make time available for Formal Admission advising session
  2. Have knowledge of U-Core, COB PreCore, COB Core & Option requirements
  3. Have knowledge of Formal Admission requirements
  4. Have knowledge of COB student organizations
  5. Help guide students in future academic and post-academic plans

Junior Year

Advising Goals

  1. Continue relationship between student and advisor
  2. Prepare for degree certification
  3. Discuss option and restricted electives
  4. Discuss internships

Advising Implementation

The Junior advising session will focus on preparing for degree certification and graduation. The purposes of this advising session (during the last semester of the Junior year) are to complete the pre-graduation worksheet and discuss option and restricted electives. The advisor's signature will be required on the pre-graduation worksheet so that Office of Student Services can certify degree requirements and generate student's graduation application.

Requirements & Responsibilities

Students:

  1. Make appointment with advisor
  2. Follow plan laid out in Personal Strategic Plan
  3. Obtain pre-graduation worksheet from Office of Student Services
  4. Complete the pre-graduation worksheet including advisor's signature
  5. Return pre-graduation worksheet to OSS

Faculty:

  1. Make time available for Junior advising session
  2. Have knowledge of appropriate restricted electives and internships
  3. Help guide students with option elective choices

Senior Year

Advising Goals

  1. Finalize career plan
  2. Discuss field opportunities
  3. Discuss job recruiting plan

Advising Implementation

The Senior advising session, held in the senior year, will focus on future career plans such as job or graduate school placement. Additionally, an exit questionnaire will be completed. The updated personal strategic plan required for BUS 474 will be signed to indicate the interview took place.

Requirements & Responsibilities

Students:

  1. Make appointment with advisor
  2. Follow plan laid out in Personal Strategic Plan
  3. Complete exit questionnaire
  4. Must obtain advisor's signature before submitting personal strategic plan in BUS 474
  5. Keep in contact with advisor if questions and problems arise

Faculty:

  1. Help guide students in post-graduate plans

COB Club Advising

Each COB Club will host an advising night for the students in one of the four options - Accounting, Management, Marketing, Finance

Advisor Workshop

All advisors will be required to attend an advisor workshop at the beginning of each academic year.

The above advising opportunities are required of all students in the College of Business. However, every student is encouraged to meet with his/her advisor each semester. The College is confident that with these four required meetings, students will develop a relationship with their advisors as well as develop a clear understanding of both their and their advisor's role in the strategic planning process.

Recent Changes and Future Plans

To Improve Quality of Advising

Changes are described above. We also anticipate implementing an alumni survey to obtain feedback former graduates. Questions on advising will be included.

To Improve Accessibility of Advisors

No changes are anticipated.