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Academics at IWU Dr. Jonathan Green , Provost and Dean of the Faculty Chandra Shipley , MSEd, Director of Academic Advising & Coordinator of Disability Services. A brief agenda. The student-teacher relationship Academic expectations Academic resources Some advice for parents

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Academics at IWUDr. Jonathan Green, Provost and Dean of the FacultyChandra Shipley, MSEd, Director of Academic Advising & Coordinator of Disability Services

a brief agenda
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
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
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 expectations1
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
Academic Resources
  • Professors
  • Advisors
  • Academic Advising Center
  • Academic Skills Series
  • Writing Center
  • Language Resource Center
  • Departmental Tutors
  • Library Faculty
some advice
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
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
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 curricular plan for recommended course of study for each major
    • Available online
role of the first year advisor
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
  • Be an active partner in the advising relationship
  • Take responsibility
  • Follow through on referrals

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
process overview
Process Overview

Summer 2014

Fall 2014/Spring 2015

Required individual appointments for Spring/May Term 2015 and Fall 2015 Registration

Individual appointments as needed

  • Email from the Office of the Registrar
    • sent on 6/13
    • due on 7/18
  • Turning Titan: New Student Orientation
    • 2 group advising sessions
    • a 30 minute individual advising appointment
    • registration for Fall 2014 classes will occur immediately following the individual advising appointment
what s after fya
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.
transfer student advising
Transfer Student Advising

Summer 2014:

  • Email from the Office of the Registrar
    • sent on 6/13 & due on 7/18
  • Students can make an appointment with the Director of Academic Advising to review how credits transfer in
  • Turning Titan: New Student Orientation
    • group advising session with Director of Academic Advising
    • 30 minute individual advising appointment with the Chair of their declared major department
    • registration for Fall 2014 classes will occur immediately following the individual advising appointment


  • Required individual appointment each semester
  • Individual appointments as needed
graduation requirements
Graduation Requirements

The Basics

  • Major
  • Minor (Optional)
  • General Education Requirements
  • Electives (varies)
  • 2.0/4.0 GPA
  • +/- Grading system

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
General Education Requirements

Category (# of units/courses)

  • Gateway Colloquium (1)
  • Analysis of Values (1)
  • The Arts (1)
  • Contemporary Social Institutions (1)
  • Cultural and Historical Change (1)
  • Formal Reasoning (0-1)*
  • Intellectual Traditions (1)
  • Literature (1)

Category (# of units/courses)

  • Second Language (0-3)*
  • The Natural Sciences (1-2)*
  • Encountering Global Diversity Flag (1)
  • Encountering U.S. Diversity Flag (1)
  • Writing Intensive Courses (1)
  • Physical Education (0 units/2 semesters)

*The # of units required for these categories varies by degree.

sample schedules
Sample Schedules





academic skills series
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
Academic Advising Center

Services include:

  • providing drop-in and academic advising by appointment as an additional resource
  • 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 110 Holmes Hall 309-556-3231

  • IEP or 504 plan in high school?
  • Disability Services:
    • secures and maintains documentation of disabilities
    • determines reasonable accommodations
    • works with the student, faculty, and staff to develop plans for providing such accommodations


* yes, everything is fair game