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The Journey from Day One to Graduation Day. Stephanie Kirylych, Director Office of Academic Advising. Where We’ll Go on Our Journey . Introduction to Academic Advising What is Academic Advising Academic Advising Staff Advising Through the Years Introduction to Academics

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the journey from day one to graduation day

The Journey from Day One to Graduation Day

Stephanie Kirylych, Director

Office of Academic Advising

where we ll go on our journey
Where We’ll Go on Our Journey
  • Introduction to Academic Advising
    • What is Academic Advising
    • Academic Advising Staff
    • Advising Through the Years
  • Introduction to Academics
    • Building the Wheelock Education
    • General Education
    • First Year Schedules
  • Parents and Academic Advising
what is academic advising
What is Academic Advising?
  • Academic advising is a developmental process which assists students in the clarification of their life/career goals and in the development of educational plans for the realization of these goals.   It is a decision-making process by which students realize their maximum educational potential through communication and information exchanges with an advisor; it is ongoing, multifaceted, and the responsibility of both student and advisor.   The advisor serves as a facilitator of communication, a coordinator of learning experiences through course and career planning and academic progress review, and an agent of referral to other campus agencies as necessary.

David S. Crockett, Ed.   (1987). Advising Skills, Techniques and Resources: A Compilation of Materials Related to the Organization and Delivery of Advising Services.

  • Shared Academic Advising Model at Wheelock College
    • Professional Advisors for first and sophomore years
    • Faculty Advisors for junior and senior years
    • Student Advisors for first year
advising through the years
Advising Through the Years
  • Junior Year
    • Support during academic internships
    • Career planning
  • Senior Year
    • Graduation audits
    • Planning for life after Wheelock
  • First Year
    • Transition to college
    • Major exploration
    • Goal setting
  • Sophomore Year
    • Academic planning
    • Service learning
    • Study abroad
building a wheelock education 2011 2012
Building a Wheelock Education2011-2012
  • Optional Professional Majors:
  • Child Life (application required)
  • Education
    • Early Childhood
    • -Preschool-Grade 2: Inclusive Classroom Teacher**
    • -Birth-5: Preschool-K
    • -Birth-5: Infant/Toddler
    • Elementary**
    • Special Education**
  • Juvenile Justice & Youth Advocacy
  • **Leads to MA Initial Licensure
  • Other Options:
  • Minors, Certificate
  • Study Abroad
  • Service Learning Trips
  • Select a required major from:
  • American Studies
  • Arts
  • Communications
  • Humanities
  • Human Development and Psychology
  • Math/Science
  • Social Work Professional Major


Optional Professional Major

Arts & Sciences or Social Work Major

Required of ALL students

General Education

earning a wheelock degree
Earning A Wheelock Degree

In order to complete an undergraduate degree at Wheelock College ALL students must:

  • Complete the General Education Program
  • Be certified in Basic First Aid at time of graduation
  • Complete the Wheelock Literacy and

Communication Exam (WLCE)

  • Earn a Minimum of 134 Credits
  • Earn a Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Complete an Arts & Sciences OR Social Work Major
general education categories
General Education Categories
  • Foundations of Knowledge and Inquiry
    • First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking
    • English Composition (1-2 courses depending on placement exam)
    • Human Growth and Development (1-2 courses depending on program)
    • Mathematics (1-3 courses depending on program)
  • Ways of Knowing (One course from each category)
    • Creativity and the Arts
    • Ethics and Social Justice
    • Historical Perspectives
    • Investigations in Science and Technology
    • Languages and Literatures
    • Self and Society
  • Cross-Curricular
    • One course designated as Perspectives on Diverse Cultures
    • One course designated as Upper Level Writing (taken at WHEELOCK!)
    • Capstone Seminar (usually taken in Junior Year)
    • Basic First Aid and Safety Certification
    • Wheelock Literacy and Communication Exam (WLCE)

First Year Fall Schedule

  • Human Growth & Development (4 credits)
    • Includes field placement 3 hours per week
  • English Composition (4 credits)
  • First Year Seminar (4 credits)
  • One General Education course (4 credits)


  • Summer Bridge or Jumpstart (2 credits) and possibly One General Education Course (4 credits)

Equals 16-18 credits (Full time status is 12 credits)

there s no place like home your role
There’s No Place Like Home: Your Role!
  • Be available to support and encourage
    • Encourage your student to make as many connections as possible.
    • Anticipate challenges and talk about possible solutions.
  • Ask the right questions
    • What skills do you now know you need to be a better student?
    • Can you figure out or understand the objectives of each of your classes?
    • Have you been using any of the resources on campus?
  • Encourage students to do things for themselves
    • How can you help your student set goals, take ownership, and become a more independent problem solver?
  • Allow students to make mistakes
    • Students don’t want to disappoint you and often don’t want to admit that they are struggling.
ferpa and academic advising
FERPA and Academic Advising
  • Can I find out my student's grades, or if she/he is attending classes, handing in assignments, or going to advising appointments on a regular basis?
    • Communication between parents and academic advisors is complicated because the College is required to keep student academic information confidential, under FERPA. As such, the best approach is to ask your student directly. We realize that communicating with young adults can be a challenge--often, they are not as forthcoming as we might like.
  • Timeline of questions
    • September: Tell me about your classes. Have you started field placement yet?
    • October: What mid-semester grades did you receive in your classes?
    • November: Have you met with your advisor? What courses did you select?
    • December: How are you feeling about the end of the semester? Can I see a copy of your final grades?