Stetson University

Campus Life and Student Success

First-Year Advising Syllabus (2013-2014)

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Overview of the Program

The central mission of the program is to empower first-year students with the necessary information, resources and support to explore a full range of opportunities for academic achievement and personal fulfillment and the realization of their highest potential. With an emphasis on personalized collaboration and instruction, faculty advising and mentoring is at the core of the program. As an incoming first-year student, you have been assigned a faculty advisor in your major field of study who will work closely with you to provide expert guidance and support. In addition, supplemental advising sessions and resources are available to you throughout the year to further facilitate your success.

Through the course of the program, you will gain vital knowledge and skills that will be of great benefit to you throughout your time at Stetson University. For example, you will learn about:

  • How to monitor your progress toward degree completion and enroll for courses online
  • Curricular requirements (e.g., rules regarding the writing requirement, the difference between major, elective and general education requirements, etc.)
  • Important academic policies and procedures (e.g., add/drop procedures, the Course Exclusion Policy, etc.)
  • Supplemental student success resources
  • The role of faculty advisors and how to properly prepare for advising meetings

Program Requirements

There are two primary advising requirements for first-year students:

  1. Online Blackboard Advising and Registration Modules. All incoming first-year students are required to complete a small number of online modules the summer before they arrive at Stetson University, prior to completing their fall course registration.
  2. Regular Meetings with Faculty Advisors. As a first-year student, you are required to meet with your faculty advisor during the first three weeks of classes, a pre-advising appointment for spring 2014 registration, and a pre-advising appointment for fall 2014 registration (see the academic calendar below for exact dates).

You must satisfy these requirements in order to enroll in courses for any given term.

You and Your Faculty Advisor

A successful advising relationship is a collaborative enterprise with shared responsibilities. You have a special chance to forge a highly valuable relationship with an expert advisor in your field who is available to assist you with academic and post-graduation planning, course selection, understanding academic policies and procedures, and monitoring progress toward degree completion. You should make every effort to take full advantage of this opportunity, which will require, in part, that you fulfill (and exceed!) your responsibilities as a collaborative partner.

Your Responsibilities as an Advisee

  1. Preparing in advance for your advising meetings by independently researching alternatives to your ideal courses and devising a tentative plan for action.
  2. Making a sincere effort to learn from your advisor's experience and expertise.
  3. Actively expressing your academic thoughts, feelings and concerns to your advisor.
  4. Asking your advisor questions when you need more information or clarification.
  5. Following through on the academic actions and plans recommended by your advisor, and keeping your advisor apprised of your progress.
  6. Treating your advisor with professional courtesy and respect.

Your Advisor's Responsibilities to You

  1. Being accessible to you during regular office hours or by appointment, and responding in a timely fashion to your emails.
  2. Being a good listener.
  3. Providing helpful academic information and advice.
  4. When necessary, referring you to the appropriate person, office or resource to help get your needs met or questions answered.
  5. Displaying a positive attitude toward working with you and taking an interest in you as an individual.

Supplemental Advising Support

The Advising Center

Conveniently located in the Office of Career Development and Academic Advising (Flagler Hall room 102), the Advising Center offers supplemental advising support to students. With a focus on Discovery advising, the Advising Center staff works individually with students to provide guidance regarding major selection, general education requirements, academic policies and procedures, and student success resources. While visiting the Advising Center, students also have the opportunity to consult with Career Development staff and take advantage of the many helpful career planning resources available in our shared office.

To schedule an appointment with an Advising Center staff member please call 386-822-7315 or send an email to academic.advising@stetson.edu. Walk-ins are also accepted.

Advising Resource Sessions and Tabling

Advising Center staff members offer optional advising resource sessions for first-year students to help them prepare for their faculty advising appointments. During important academic periods, Advising Center staff members are also stationed in front of the Carlton Union Building to provide additional advising support (please see the Advising Calendar below).

Discovery Programming

Encompassing a variety of supplemental learning opportunities, the Discovery Program is designed to help students explore a broad array of academic and career opportunities to find the best fit for their unique passions and interests. Discovery presentations and workshops, including a five week EXPLORE series in the spring, and major shadowing opportunities are open to all students.

For more information and a schedule of events, please visit the Discovery Program website.

Academic Success Center

If you anticipate that disability-related accommodations are necessary to ensure your full participation in this course, please contact the Academic Success Center (A.S.C.), located at 209 East Bert Fish Drive. The A.S.C. can be reached at 386-822-7127.

For more information, please see the Academic Success Center website.

First-Year Student Academic Advising Calendar (2013-2014)

August

  • 17 - New Student Orientation Begins; OPENING CELEBRATION
  • 18 - Office of Academic Advising open (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
  • 19-20 - Faculty academic advising and registration
  • 19 - FSEM classes begin
  • 22 - CLASSES BEGIN; last day to withdraw from all courses without financial penalty
  • 28 - Last day to ADD course for credit; last day to DROP a course without financial penalty

September

  • 2 - Labor Day (no Classes)
  • 18 - Values Day (no classes)

October

  • 1-9 - Advising Center staff tabling in front of the CUB; Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 10-11 - Fall break
  • 15-17 - Advising resource sessions for first-year students
  • 14-18 - FACULTY academic advising for upper-class students for spring semester
  • 21-25 - FACULTY academic advising for first-year students for spring semester
  • 25 - Last day to DROP course without academic penalty; last day to change to PASS/FAIL option; last day to withdraw from all courses with W grades
  • 28 - Nov. 1 - Registration for upper-class students

November

  • 4 - Registration for first-year students for spring semester (CDAA open until 6 p.m.)
  • 19 - End of FSEM classes
  • 27 - No classes
  • 28-29 - Thanksgiving Holiday (no classes)

December

  • 6 - Classes end
  • 6 - Spring registration DEADLINE for currently enrolled undergraduate students
  • 7 - Study day
  • 9-10 - Final exams

January

  • 10-11 - New Student Orientation and registration
  • 13 - CLASSES BEGIN
  • 20 - Martin Luther King Day (no classes)
  • 21 - Last day to ADD course for credit; last day to DROP course without financial penalty

March

  • 3 - Mid-term grade reports due to registrar via My Stetson by 9 a.m.
  • 3-7 - Spring holidays
  • 21 - Last day to DROP course without academic penalty; last day to change to PASS/FAIL option; last day to withdraw from all courses with W grades
  • 24-28 - Advising Center staff tabling in front of CUB; Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 25-26 - Advising resource sessions for first-year students
  • 31 - FACULTY academic advising for upper-class students for summer session and fall semester begins

April

  • 1-4 - (continued) FACULTY academic advising for summer session and fall
  • 7-11 - Registration for upper-class students for summer and fall; FACULTY academic advising for first-year students for summer and fall
  • 14 - Registration for first-year students (CDAA open until 6 p.m.)
  • 15 - Stetson Showcase (no classes)
  • 18 - Good Friday (university holiday - no classes)
  • 30 - Classes end; summer/fall registration DEADLINE for currently enrolled undergraduate students

May

  • 1 - Study Day
  • 2-3 - Final Exams
  • 5-6 - Final Exams
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