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  1. Announcements Please silence cell phones Please remain seated for the entire presentation

  2. Welcome to General Academic Programs’College Meeting Our goal is to help students Prepare to Declare. Hotard Hall Dr. Kriss Boyd Executive Director

  3. College Meeting Schedule • First Semester Transition 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. • Registration Preparation 3:15 – 5:00 p.m.

  4. Come on in… Hotard Hall

  5. Purpose of the University Experience • To better understand the world • To learn to accomplish complicated tasks • To develop the ability to function as a self - sufficient adult • To prepare to be a lifelong learner

  6. Let’s Partner for Success • As Joe T. Aggie, Sr., you are contributing to the Joe T. Aggie, Jr. scholarship. • Students have to maintain grades to keep scholarships. • The best preparation for your student is to make your expectations clear.

  7. Let’s Partner for Success • The transition to college means a student will and should have more freedom and privacy. We know it is tough to let go. • If students run into difficulties, some of the freedom and privacy should be curtailed. • You can sign up for a GEST parent list-serve to receive timely information and reminders.

  8. General Studies Parent LISTSERV • Join our LISTSERV where you will receive periodical information of interest about General Studies in your email mailbox. To join send an email to: In the body of the message put SUBSCRIBE gestparentsfirstnamelastname

  9. Let’s Partner for Success • Students who have less than 30 TAMU hours and students on probation have official midterm grades posted. • Midterms are posted in mid-October and mid-March. • Your student has to set it up in Howdy so you can see grades.

  10. Let’s Partner for Success • Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act - Unless you and your student sign and submit the Certification of Dependency Form, we cannot talk to you about your student. • It is better to do this now rather than later. Freshmen who have difficulty often try to withhold information from parents as long as possible.

  11. High School vs. College Students are hearing… In College, students are expected to take initiative in learning and in communicating any need for help from University Faculty and Staff Read full article on the General Studies website: “How College is different from High School”

  12. Your Student Is Not Alone! • Some GEST majors know exactly what major they want. Students in other majors may thinkthey do also. • 65-85% of college students change their major during their academic career!

  13. What isGeneral Studies?

  14. Our Goal We “EXIST to ASSIST” students as they “PREPARE to DECLARE” by . . . • Maximizing students’ options through careful course selection • Allowing students to graduate without accumulating excessive hours

  15. Cost of an Extra Semester Tuition & fees: $ 4, 207 Books & supplies: $ 675 Room & Board: $ 4,004 Lost salary $14,000+ TOTAL: $22,886* Graduating on Time: PRICELESS! * $22,886 @ 5% X 25 years = $77,500

  16. Other Cost Issues • Students who graduate with no more than 3 attempted hours over the number required for the degree receive a $1,000 rebate from TAMU. • Q-drops and FYGEs count as attempted hours • Students who accumulate 30+ hours above the degree plan prior to graduating will be charged non-resident tuition from that point on. $$$!!!

  17. G P S GEST academic advisors have: Global knowledge of Texas A&M University (Student Counseling Service, Scholarships & Financial Aid, Support Services for Students with Disabilities) Positioning students to change their major (Change of Curriculum Requirements, Degree Plans) Systems to help students succeed (Processes, Referrals)

  18. G P S Add value to the TAMU experience: Globalknowledge of other cultures – Do a study abroad. Financial aid can help. Practical training through internships and coops. Service to other students and the community

  19. University Structure UNIVERSITY Texas A&M University COLLEGE College of Agriculture & Life Science DEPARTMENT Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics MAJOR Genetics

  20. Colleges General Academics Agriculture & Life Sciences Engineering Texas A&M University Architecture Geosciences Liberal Arts Business Science Education & Human Development Veterinary Medicine

  21. University Studies Curriculum HoursComponent 43-45 TAMU Core Curriculum Courses 21-24 Concentration 30-36 Two Minors 15-26 Electives or prerequisite requirements 120 Total hrs required for University Studies Degrees

  22. General Studies (GEST) website Important Notice Area

  23. Tips For Academic SuccessEncourage them to join the Aggie Network • AGGIES HELP AGGIES, but they have to ask for help. -Stop by and talk to faculty during office hours early in the semester. -Meet with academic advisor after first round of exams when waiting lines are short. • DO NOT STOP ATTENDING A CLASS WITHOUT TALKING TO AN ADVISOR.

  24. Tips For Academic SuccessTime Management & Balance • Students must quickly learn to balance: • Classes and studying = 40 hours/week • Extra Curricular – 1 or 2 things this Fall • Employment – 15 hours max in BCS this Fall

  25. Tips For Academic SuccessImportance of a Good Academic Start • Importance of First Semester Grades 1.75 + 2.0 + 2.5 + 3.25 = 2.37 • This student is not prepared to declare half of the majors at TAMU. The student will run out of time in General Studies and have to declare a second-choice or third-choice major.

  26. Tips For Academic SuccessFirst Year Grade Exclusion First Year Grade Exclusion (FYGE): • Freshmen can exclude up to 3 D’s and F’s that were posted during their first calendar year. • The grade does not go into the GPA, but it is visible on the transcript and other schools may count it. • Students should not exclude a D until after the first calendar year.

  27. Tips For Academic SuccessQ-Drops • Q-drop – Deadline is the 50th class day • Around the 1st of November and April. • The deadline is FIRM!!! • A “Q” is posted rather than a grade on the transcript. • A&M limits students to 3 Q-drops • One-hour classes don’t count. • Texas law limits students to 6 total drops in college • One-hour classes do count.

  28. Tips For Academic SuccessQ-Drops • Freshmen are too optimistic when they run into trouble, and parents are not fully aware. • The student’s academic advisor can provide the best advice about whether to Q-drop a class or exclude a grade. There are pros and cons to Q’s and FYGE’s. • The student is responsible for making the decision. • If a student is planning for medical, law, or graduate school, the Q-drop may be the best option.

  29. Tips For Academic SuccessPrint, Read, Save, and Refer to the Course Syllabus • The course syllabus contains the following important information: • Course title & number • Term / meeting times / location • Course description • Prerequisites • Learning outcomes or course objectives • Instructor informationTextbook and / or resource materials • Grading policies • Course topics • Calendar of activities, major assignment & exam dates

  30. Tips For Academic SuccessPrint, Read, Save, and Refer to the Course Syllabus • A link to the course syllabus is provided in Howdy:

  31. Tips For Academic SuccessReport Classroom Communication Concerns • If you experience a communication problem with your professor (i.e., does not speak fluent English), report the problem with a Classroom Communication Concerns form (available online).

  32. Freshmen with College Credit • Freshmen who arrive at TAMU with 30, 45, or more college hours encounter challenges. • Dual enrollment / Dual credit • AP / IB / CLEP • Hometown community college • Many departments do not allow students to change majors if they have more than 60 or 75 hours.

  33. Freshmen with College Credit • SUBMIT YOUR COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS ASAP for accurate advising • A&M can’t award college dual credit from high school transcripts.

  34. Freshmen with College Credit • REPORT (do not accept) your AP credits today • DO NOT ACCEPT any AP credits until you talk with an advisor (no hurry) • AP credits cannot be removed once awarded • Acceptance of excess credits may: • Limit your choices of major due to hour restrictions • Shorten your decision time for a major • Prevent you from receiving Texas B-on-Time loan forgiveness

  35. Freshmen with College Credit • We need each student to list college courses for which they have credit (or are likely to have) on their registration form TODAY. • If you are not sure, when you get home please check. Call an advisor to make sure the schedule includes classes that count.

  36. Freshmen with College Credit • Accommodation for Freshmen who arrive with 45+ hours: • Must complete at least 24 hours first two semesters at TAMU. • Must meet GPA requirements for the desired major. • Must meet course completion requirements for the desired major.

  37. Freshmen with College Credit • Strategies for Success if a student has a lot of transfer credit: • Understand that TAMU courses are a LOT more rigorous and competitive than community college or AP courses. • Keep non-academic distractions to the bare minimum the first two semesters. • There will be dire consequences if these students don’t do well the first semester.

  38. Fall Calendar September • End of month = first round of tests October • Mid Term grades, may only include 1 test November • Q-drop and withdrawal deadline – no exceptions!!! • Send care package, registration at end of month December • Finals – stressful time, be encouraging • Postpone stressful news until AFTER finals.

  39. Registration Notes -Tomorrow,students only(GAP policy) will meet at their assigned location by 1:00 pm to register for classes. No parents allowed in building. • Overcrowding may pose a safety risk • Important step in the development of your student - Students need to register at the specified locations.

  40. Academic Advising Sessions (Next) • Academic Advisors will hold four concurrent sessions to prepare students for registration • Sessions are organized based on similar course work • Attend the session that most closely matches your student’s intended direction • Technological & Scientific • Pre-Health, Environmental & Agricultural • Business & Administrative • Interdisciplinary & Undecided

  41. Technological & Scientific (Identified as requiring at least one 4-hour calculus course) • Biochemistry • Biology (for research) • Chemistry • Computer Science • Construction Science • Engineering • Genetics • Geology   • Geophysics • Industrial Distribution • Mathematics • Meteorology • Physics • Visualization

  42. Pre-Health, Environmental, & Agricultural • Health Fields • Any major (professional schools do not limit students by major) • Environmental Studies • Food Science • Forensic & Investigative Sciences • Health • Horticulture • Kinesiology • Nutritional Sciences • Agronomy • Animal Science • Biology • Bioenvironmental Science • Biomedical Science • Entomology

  43. Business & Administrative • Human Resource Development • Information & Operations Management • Ag Communications & Journalism • Agricultural Economics • Sports Management • Accounting • Agribusiness • Finance • Economics • Marketing • Management

  44. Interdisciplinary, Exploratory & Undecided* • Liberal Arts • Social Sciences • Psychology • Sociology • Communications • Humanities • Arts • Languages • Cultures • Interdisciplinary • Teaching • Elementary • Middle Grades • Health Education • Physical Education • Architecture • University Studies * Undecided = “no idea.” If torn between two or more options, attend the breakout session for the more restrictive (specific) option.

  45. Advisor’s Meeting Technological & Scientific Room 110 Pre-Health Fields, Environmental, & Agricultural Room 203 Business & Administrative Room 108 Interdisciplinary, Exploratory & Undecided Room 209

  46. College of Agriculture & Life Sciences “It’s the nutrition and the safety of the food we eat. The quality of the air we breathe. The natural resources and wildlife we enjoy. And even the clothes we wear.”

  47. Academic Majors in Agriculture & Life Sciences Agribusiness Agricultural Communications & Journalism Agricultural Economics Agricultural Leadership & Development Agricultural Science Agricultural Systems Management Animal Science Biochemistry Bioenvironmental Sciences Biological & Agricultural Engineering Community Development Dairy Science Ecological Restoration Entomology Food Science & Technology Forensic & Investigative Sciences Forestry Genetics Horticultural Sciences Nutritional Sciences Plant & Environmental Soil Science Poultry Science Rangeland Ecology & Management Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences Soil & Crop Sciences Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences Interdisciplinary Programs □ Environmental Studies □ Renewable Natural Resources □ Spatial Sciences

  48. College of Architecture • Construction Science • Environmental Design • Landscape Architecture • Urban & Regional Science • Visual Studies