Focusing on support, Advising Advising moves to appointments

Registration begins April 6. To improve the student experience and navigate away from drop-in advising, academic advisers will this week begin taking appointments from undeclared students interested in sitting down to discuss their options. Students who have declared majors will be encouraged to make appointments with their faculty advisers. Darrel Renier of Academic Advising says the appointment system will provide students a high-impact experience while allowing the office — creatively and collaboratively — to manage with two open positions. Moreover, “it will focus students away from the stress of registration and toward developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills to help manage the busy time.” Primary goals include strengthening adviser/student relationships, increasing collaboration with faculty advisers and student affairs offices, and enhancing academic support. To accommodate the student volume and adviser availability, there will also be a number of online, paper and electronic resources developed to assist students. Academic Advising would like to send a special thanks to the folks in GBOSS (Green Bay’s One Stop Shop) for developing innovative ways to assist students and schedule appointments. Their willingness to take on an additional role is much appreciated.

Reminder: Sophomore Success Day

Sophomore Success Day, scheduled for 8:30-3:30 this Thursday (March 5) is a day for sophomores to drop in without appointment to get questions answered about career/major selection, General Education requirements, registration, and more. Sponsored by Academic Advising and Career Services, Student Services 1600. Questions- Mary Simonsen simonsem@uwgb.edu or Steven Newton newtons@uwgb.edu.

Next ‘Sophomore Success Day’ is March 5

It’s a day for sophomores to drop in without appointment to get questions answered about career and major selections, general education requirements, registration, and all things between. Sophomore Success Day takes place Thursday, March 5, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., hosted by Academic Advising and Career Services, Student Services 1600. The goal is to help students continue to feel connected and help them navigate what can be a complex transition from general education to major. “Know a student who could benefit? Send them our way!” Direct questions to Mary Simonsen, simonsem@uwgb.edu, or Steven Newton, newtons@uwgb.edu.
 

Academic Advising and Phoenix GPS team up for ‘peer advising’

For what is believed to be the first time in its existence, UW-Green Bay is making use of peer advisers. The PAC people (Peer Advising Consultants) represent a collaborative effort between the Office of Academic Advising and the Phoenix GPS Program. The advisers, a group of four sophomores who completed the GPS program last year, will be available to assist students with basic registration questions, provide information about campus resources, and serve as student representatives of Academic Advising. Director Darrel Renier says that, in addition to providing a valuable advising resource for students on campus, the PAC program provides second-year students with a valuable high-impact experience, and is part of a broader effort to improve sophomore retention on campus. The PAC will be doing pre-registration sessions and assisting during drop-in hours beginning next week. A link to more information about the peer advisers can be found at www.uwgb.edu/advising/staff/.
 

Sophomore Success Day


Sophomore Success Day is Thursday, Oct. 23, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It’s a day for sophomores to drop in without appointment to get questions answered about career/major selection, General Education requirements, registration, and all things in between. The purpose of the event is to help students continue to feel connected and help them navigate what can be a complex transition from General Education to Major. Know a student who could benefit? Send them our way! Sponsored by Academic Advising and Career Services, Student Services 1600. Questions- Ashley Vanden Langenberg or Steven Newton.

Faculty workshop: ‘Advising for New and Unofficial Advisors’


Here’s a reminder that CATL – the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning – will be hosting a workshop Monday (April 7) from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. in Cofrin Library Room 109B. The topic is student academic advising, and the workshop leader is someone well-versed in its practice. Associate Prof. Alison Gates is CATL’s new faculty consultant, a frequent FOCUS advisor, former chair of the interdisciplinary minor program in Women’s and Gender Studies and current chair of the disciplinary major and minor programs in Art. A recent survey found that up to one-third of faculty members say they do not feel comfortable answering questions from students about their own major or minor programs. Staff advisers in Student Services and designated “official” advisers in the various majors can help students, but this workshop suggests the ability to resolve simple advising questions without referring students elsewhere will benefit both students and departments. (Saving time for the student, streamlining workflow for the official adviser, and better engaging faculty members’ involvement with overall curriculum requirements.) Gates will guide participants in using their own programs’ web resources along with all-university resources to hunt down the answers to advising questions commonly asked by students of their faculty instructors. Another outcome: providing faculty with information on how to direct students to become more empowered to find the answers to certain questions themselves. Please contact Sandy Folsom with any questions, or to register.

‘GPA M.D.’ help available tomorrow… and a YouTube ‘commercial’

Know of a student who could benefit from some friendly academic advice, provided by trained academic advisers? Send ’em our way!  That’s the word from Mary Simonsen simonsem@uwgb.edu. The GPA M.D. Day this Thursday (March 13) is designed to answer questions about:

• What GPA they will need this semester to get admitted into their desired major or certain classes next semester
• How the repeat policy works
• How to clear their holds that prevent registration
• Everything academic in between

Students who stop in at Student Services 1600 and participate between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. will have their names entered into a raffle for a terrific top prize: a first-day registration appointment.

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The perfect Rx is ‘Consilium’: Keeping with the GPA M.D. theme of Thursday’s all-day consult-athon at Academic Advising, the clever people there have done a mock commercial promoting a sure-fire remedy for the academic blues: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rEOIftA3Co.

Academic Advising promotes ‘GPA M.D.’ event

It’s a day for students to drop-in without appointment, get questions answered about major entrance requirements, see if they’re on track to graduate, learn the GPA’s they’ll will need this semester to get admitted into their desired major next semester, and all other things academic. Know a student who could benefit? Send them to GPA M.D., available all day Thursday (March 13) in Student Services 1600 (Academic Advising). No appointments are necessary; they can stop in anytime 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and an adviser appropriate to their major and situation will assist them. Questions? You can contact Mary Simonsen simonsem@uwgb.edu ext: 2738.

GPA M.D. offers free drop-in help for students March 13

Help spread the word: Academic Advising is offering a resource day for all students but specifically struggling students! GPA M.D. will be all day on March 13 in Student Services 1600 (Academic Advising). If you know of any students who have concerns they won’t get into their desired major, need some work on their study skills, or are in basic need of academic support, please let them know about this day. The purpose of the event is to help students persist to a degree and help them develop a game plan to live a healthy academic lifestyle. No appointments are necessary; they can stop in anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and an appropriate adviser will assist them. Questions? Contact Mary Simonsen, simonsem@uwgb.edu ext: 2738.

Quiet success: Second-chance students get fresh starts with GPAs

Ever hear of UW-Green Bay’s “Academic Forgiveness” program? Since its inception in fall 2010, reports Darrel Renier, director of academic advising, Academic Forgiveness has been a quiet success. Forgiveness can be requested by students who have not earned a baccalaureate degree and have not enrolled in any courses at UW-Green Bay for a minimum of three consecutive years. It gives students a fresh start by resetting their cumulative GPAs to 0.00. As of fall 2013, Renier says, “We’ve had 62 requests for forgiveness, and the new average GPA for these students has been a 3.43.” We’ll have more on this program in a future feature story.