- To provide the students with accurate help in selecting degrees, minors, and courses in order to give them a personalized program, as well as a program that meets all of the requirements for graduation.
- To advise the students with respect to the type of jobs for which they can realistically expect to be qualified when they complete the electrical engineering (EE) program, the electrical and electronic engineering technology (EEET) program, or the computer engineering program.
- To do an accurate assessment of the capabilities of each student and advise them for which of the above programs they are most probably qualified or to advise them that another area outside of the EE Department would perhaps best suit their talents.
Each student is assigned an advisor when he or she comes into the department as an entering freshman or an entering transfer student. The student is always free to ask for a change of advisor for any reason, and such changes are accomplished in a few minutes. The student is not asked for the reason for the request for a change, it is simply done. They can and often do ask for a specific faculty member. Advising is required for any student that has requested a graduation guarantee, but is presented to all other students as being "highly recommended". Students do not try to graduate from the electrical engineering department without the help of their advisor, simply because the course requirements are somewhat complex, and any substitution to the printed set of required courses must be approved by the certifying officer for the department. Advising is done as an organized department function once each semester (e.g. during pre-registration) and at any other time during the semester as required by the individual student.
Recent Changes and Future Plans
To Improve Quality of Advising
The advising process in the electrical engineering department has not undergone a major change since fall 1995, since it is a proven process that works very well. We are, however, constantly trying to improve the process, specifically by leadership from the department head and the certifying officer. We will also be instituting a procedure starting in fall semester 1996, where each student will be invited to submit an evaluation form in which the department rather than a specific class or a specific instructor) is the subject of evaluation. Several of the questions on the evaluation form will be concerned with the student's perception of his or her advising and how well it is being done. Advising improvements such as the emphasis on keeping an accurate and up to date advising record on each student by the advisor has been moved up to being a top priority by the department. The CO works closely with the department head in order to bring problems in the quality of advising to his attention. These specific problems are then placed on the agenda of the bi-weekly faculty meetings, discussed at the meeting, and action for correction of the problems is initiated.
To Improve Accessibility of Advisors
The advisors in the electrical engineering department (the entire faculty) are always available to the students at the posted office hours for each individual faculty member. The students are also encouraged to make appointments to see their advisor on an "as needed" basis. Additional attention to the advising process is being emphasized in the bi-weekly faculty meetings as a necessary and important part of the learning experience that we, as a faculty, are presenting to the student.