Academics at IWUDr. Greg Shaw Chandra Shipley, MSEdProfessor of Director of Political Science Academic Advising
A brief agenda • The student-teacher relationship • Academic expectations • Academic resources • Some advice for parents • First-year advising program • Graduation requirement overview • Questions and responses
Student-teacher relationship • As distinguished from high school: • A combination of classroom exchanges, assignments, mentoring, and extracurriculars • Ongoing mentorship across semesters as students grow; community building within departments • Multiple faculty roles: • Teachers, scholars / artists, community members • By design, we are busy but available: • Academic advising, office hours, research partnerships
Academic expectations • Excellence, excellence, excellence! • Pre-class preparation is key • Approximately two hours of study for each hour in class – college is a full-time (plus) job • Transition from consumers of knowledge to producers of knowledge • Competently and creatively challenging authority – question everything
Academic expectations • Some of the biggest challenges for students: • Active reading: note taking, textual criticism • Learning to ask, “Why do we pose the question this way?” • Using office hours effectively • Responding to written feedback • Making time for high-impact extra-curricular activities (summers, internships, spring breaks) • Developing the courage to pursue lofty goals • Again, train to smartly question authority
Academic Resources • Professors • Advisors • Academic Advising Center • Academic Skills Series • Writing Center • Language Resource Center • Departmental Tutors • Library Faculty
Some advice • This will be a time of lots of decisions • Moving from a highly structured to a less structured environment • The best help from parents probably comes in the form of probing questions • Try not to panic when daughters and sons change majors (med-school? maybe not) • Creating a safe place for experiential learning, including occasionally falling down (and learning how to get back up)
What is First-Year Advising? First-Year Advising (FYA) is a program that facilitates a successful transition from high school to university life in which an IWU faculty member assists the student in academic planning and offers advice concerning academic decisions a student must make throughout his or her undergraduate career.
Who are the First-Year Advisors? • Faculty members who volunteer and are trained to work with first-year students • Assigned to each Gateway Colloquium course or is the Gateway instructor • Focus is on liberal arts foundation (general education program) • Follow template for recommended course of study for first three semesters of each major • Templates are available online
Role of the First-Year Advisor • Assist students with the transition into the university • Provide GUIDANCE in selection of courses and academic planning • Monitor anxiety about registration process • Promote reasonable balance of work • Facilitate assistance with academic difficulty • Direct access to resources (e.g., psychological difficulty, career counseling, writing skills)
Role of the Student • Come to appointments on-time • Prepare for appointments • Keep organized records • Provide accurate information regarding interests and abilities • Be an active partner in the advising relationship • Follow through on referrals • Take responsibility
Role of the Family Member • Be available to support and encourage your student • Encourage your student to do things they can for him/herself • Re-direct your student’s concerns and questions to their FYA • Respect the role of the advisors • Remind your student of the various resources available to assist on campus • Utilize the Family Member Checklist on the Advising Center Website
Advising Process Overview Summer 2013 Fall 2013/Spring 2014 Fall Group Session and Individual Appointment for Spring/May Term Registration Spring Group Session and Individual Appointment for Fall Registration Individual appointments as needed • Email from the Office of the Registrar - sent on 6/14 • Turning Titan: New Student Orientation • 1 group advising session with the students • 30 minute individual advising appointment with the student • Registration for remainder of classes is Friday morning
What’s After FYA? • Second/Sophomore Year: Transition to a faculty advisor in their major department. • Undeclared students: Either stay with their FYA or are assigned to the Director of Academic Advising.
Graduation Requirements The Basics • Major • Minor (Optional) • General Education Requirements • Electives (varies) • 2.0/4.0 GPA • +/- Grading system
UNITS The unit: Required to graduate: BA = 32 units BS = 32 units BSN = 32 units BFA = 32 units BM = 35 units BME = 36 units • 1 unit = 4 semester hours/6 quarter hours • 1 unit = minimum of 150 minutes/week in class • Majority of our classes are 1 unit • Typical course load is 4 units/courses per semester
General Education Requirements • Gateway Colloquium • Analysis of Values • The Arts • Contemporary Social Institutions • Cultural and Historical Change • Formal Reasoning* • Intellectual Traditions • Literature • Second Language* • The Natural Sciences* • Physical Education • Encountering Global Diversity Flag • Encountering U.S. Diversity Flag • 2 Writing Intensive Courses *The # of units required for these categories varies by degree.
Sample Schedules Biology Nursing Business Psychology
Academic Skills Series • Collaboration between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs • Series of 10 programs to assist students in the development of and/or strengthening of academic skills needed to be successful at IWU • Offered in the fall and the spring • Wednesdays at noon • Pizza provided for lunch • Students can attend any or all
Academic Advising Center Services include: • providing drop-in and academic advising by appointment • facilitating major exploration for undecided students or students considering changing majors • drafting semester-by-semester plans • assisting students experiencing academic difficulty • referring students to campus resources • coordinating academic accommodations • answering questions about advising, university policy, and registration www.iwu.edu/advising 110 Holmes Hall email@example.com 309-556-3231
Questions?* * yes, everything is fair game