Graduation Oriented Advising. WHAT: An approach to advising that focuses on identifying, planning for, and achieving a graduation target Student Ownership Connects to Degree Maps / Milestones Prospect for Success. Graduation Oriented Advising. WHY:
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Graduation Oriented Advising WHAT: • An approach to advising that focuses on identifying, planning for, and achieving a graduation target • Student Ownership • Connects to • Degree Maps / Milestones • Prospect for Success
Graduation Oriented Advising WHY: • For students: Estimated cost of attendance @ UNC Charlotte is $10,000 (plus lost earnings) • For us: • Meeting graduation targets (4-yr, 6yr, and 4-yr Transfer) • More efficient use of course availability
Graduation Oriented Advising PROCESS • Select target population • Identify students you want to reach (place advising holds if desired) • Prepare GOA communication and worksheets • Inform students of GOA process and their responsibilities • GOA advising
Graduation Oriented Advising Examples • History • Chemistry
Criminal Justice and Criminology Department 571 Majors 402 Pre-CJ Majors 120 Minors 1093 fantastic students!
Our Advising Team • Susan Hodge, Lecturer and Advising Coordinator • Kathleen Nicolaides, Senior Lecturer, Academic and Pre-Law Advisor • Joe Marinello, Lecturer and Advisor (We all leap buildings in a single bound.)
Graduation-Oriented Advising • OH NO!!! MORE WORK!!!!
Are there additional advantages to the Graduation Oriented Advising? • The earlier students connect and become engaged in their department, the better it is for both the students and the department. • Students become familiar with the advisors, what the department has to offer, and…. Wait for it… THE CURRICULUM!!!
Now, on to the issues • TOO MANY STUDENTS!! • We place holds on our majors and pre-majors at 85-100 hours and any students in academic trouble. • They must come in for advising before registering for the upcoming semester. • At least 150 students come in during this period to see the 3 of us. (Granted we are super…. But not super human) • So we are adding how many students???
So how do we handle MORE students that we require to come in??? • Group Meetings?
Next issue: • Flexible curriculum. • Therefore it is hard to help a student plan out what courses to take in a particular order.
Our Requirements • Intro to Criminal Justice is the pre-requisite for all 3000 level courses. • Intro to Criminal Justice and Statistics (grades of C or better) and a Writing component must all be completed before the major can be declared. • Students must have 60 hours to register for any 3000 level courses.
However… • Problem: Once they reach 60 hours, they can take any elective in any order. • Also different electives are offered different semesters, so you cannot predict which classes will be taught when.
How to solve this issue: • Advise students regarding the importance of taking Intro to CJ and Statistics as soon as possible so they can declare the major and continue on. • Also recommend that they begin their foreign language sequence EARLY (CJ requires 3 semesters of latin alphabet based language or 2 semesters of non-latin alphabet based language) • And- encourage students to begin taking classes in a minor.
Conclusion • Our advising team sees the benefits of the Graduation Oriented Advising. • However, we would need to adapt the procedures to make it work for our department. • What issues do you see with this process for your department and how can you overcome them?