- To help students move through their programs appropriately, with awareness of pre-requisites and course options.
- To choose courses, both within their major and for their general education, that match their goals.
- To make students aware of the options available to them, such as student exchanges or foreign study.
- To offer guidance in the selection of careers and professional schools.
When students become English majors, they are assigned to their faculty advisors. Advisees meet with their advisors at least once every semester in order to discuss their programs and obtain their personal data forms. Faculty members post sign-up sheets on their doors to set appointments during pre-registration and are willing to make appointments for additional advising throughout the semester. English Education majors also meet with a second advisor each term, a specialist in English Education who ensures that students are aware of issues and deadlines associated with their certification.
Recent Changes and Future Plans
To Improve Quality of Advising
Since we feel the advising is good, we have made few changes. We have moved student files to the English office so that a student who has only a quick question may have it answered immediately. We have offered advisors mini-workshops on the SIS system. And we have asked all sophomores and juniors to fill out student information forms so that we can readily determine students who might be eligible for scholarships or awards.
To Improve Accessibility of Advisors
This question presupposes that advisors are not sufficiently accessible. That does not appear to be true: advisors are already accessible.