Academics - Undergraduate Program
Academic Advising: Information for Faculty
Thank you so much for serving as a faculty advisor! If you are unable to assist a student, please direct the student to contact Mrs. Debbie Nelson, Academic Advisor I (AAI), by calling 302.831.3275 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
The faculty advisor assists students in the planning of their professional and academic careers. The faculty advisor is the best resource to find answers to questions such as:
- What are the exciting jobs in electrical engineering?
- What should I look for in a graduate program?
- What technical electives will be most suitable for a career in communications?
- What areas will be hot in computer engineering in the near future? etc.
FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH RESOURCES
Common BR students choose:
- Group 1 - CISC355, MUSC101, PHIL204, THEA102
- Group 2 - ANTH101, BAMS110, HIST103, MUSC107
- Group 3 - ECON151, ECON 152, GEOG102, LING101, PSYC100
- Group 4 - these 3 cr. are normally satisfied by CISC106, MATH241, CHEM103, PHYS207.
The AAI will assist the students in scheduling their programs of study. The AAI is most helpful in finding answers to questions of the type:
- When will CPEG 202 be offered again?
- Can ELEG 479 be used as a technical elective for electrical engineering?
- Can I petition to receive credit for a class I took at a junior college?
- Will more sections of ELEG 305 be opened?
- Who will be teaching CPEG 419 in the fall? etc.
Whether a faculty advisor or the AAI advises, it is important that the scheduling of mathematics, physics, and engineering courses be done as suggested in the ECE curriculum flow charts (see flow charts above under "familiarize yourself with resources").
Academic advising plays a key role in a student's undergraduate experience. A successful program integrates the student's academic coursework with the overall mission of the college and prepares them for life beyond college. Quality academic advising is at the core of student success and it is a reflection of the college's commitment to the education of its students.
Advisors should be knowledgeable about the degree requirements and other campus resources. Advisors should encourage students to take advantage of learning and research opportunities that are designed to challenge their intellectual and social development which ultimately adds value to their undergraduate experience.
The student is responsible for monitoring their academic progress; however, as an advisor it is your responsibility to help serve as a mentor and resource to the student, provide accurate information about educational requirements and assist in navigating their graduation plan. When faced with issues beyond the scope of academic advising, refer students to the appropriate resources on campus whenever possible.
KNOW THE LEGAL ISSUES INVOLVING ADVISING
(The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, also known as "The Buckley Amendment," of 1974). Under the terms of FERPA, the college is only permitted to release or make public what is deemed "directory information" regarding a student. This federal statute also gives students the right to inspect most of their academic records and restrict the release of records to others. The following information is considered "directory information" and is available to anyone who requests it, unless the student requests otherwise:
- student's name, address, email, and telephone number
- date and place of birth
- major field of study
- officially recognized sports and activities
- weight and height of varsity athletes
- dates of attendance
- degrees, honors, and awards received
- most recent previous educational institution attended
Disclosing student information to other campus officials should be limited to those with a legitimate need to know basis. Familiarize yourself and recognize the parameters of academic advising. For more information, please visit the Registrar's website section FERPA.