Advising Syllabus

I.        ADVISING DEFINITION

Advising is a comprehensive educational process whereby students, faculty, and advisors are partners in:

  • providing encouragement and support;
  • ensuring student academic success;
  • identifying resources to help students achieve their personal, academic, and career goals;
  • meeting essential learning outcomes; and
  • engaging students throughout their entire experience at the College

II.      ADVISING MISSION

Advising is a developmental process based upon a teaching and learning process dedicated to student success.  Advising will work collaboratively with the campus community to assist students in developing and implementing individual plans in order to live, work, and learn as active members of a global society.

III.    ADVISING MATERIALS

  • Online Catalog
  • Student  Academic Planner
  • Academic Calendar (http://www.umt.edu/provost/about/academiccalendar.aspx)
  • Banner Web
  • Placement Scores (Maplesoft, ACT, SAT, MUSWA, WPA)
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Student Policy Handbook

IV.    ADVISING OBJECTIVES

  • Students will develop a comprehensive, individual academic plan
  • Students will identify primary academic resources, tools, policies and procedures
  • At UM-Missoula campus:
    • Students will work collaboratively with advisor to achieve academic goals

V.      ADVISING RESPONSIBILITIES

        Advisors will:

  • Encourage and guide students to define and develop realistic educational goals
  • Communicate the College’s degree requirements, policies, and procedures
  • Listen carefully to questions, concerns, and confusions
  • Monitor students’ progress
  • Match students’ needs with available resources and make referrals
  • Discuss student’s academic performances and its impact on their future goals
  • Listen and respect students as individuals with unique needs, abilities, and interests
  • Provide students with accurate information and follow-up if any questions are left unanswered
  • Discuss the relationship between academic preparation and the work world

       Students will:

  • Clarify personal values and goals
  • Become knowledgeable about college programs, policies, and procedures
  • Keep lines of communication open
  • Keep a personal record of academic progress
  • Follow through on suggested actions, resources, or referrals
  • Accept responsibility for your academic decisions, performance and accept the challenge that college coursework provides
  • Listen to and respect the advisor as a professional who has your best interest in mind
  • Come prepared to meetings with questions and some initial research done about your areas of inquiry

VIII. PREPARING FOR YOUR ADVISING APPOINTMENT

  • Be prepared to discuss course options, address academic problems or concerns, make decisions about the upcoming semester, and explore major/minor options
  • Bring a list of questions you would like to discuss with your advisor 
  • Discuss current semester progress in your courses 
    • Research degree requirements including pre and co-requisites
    • Make a list of potential courses for the next semester you are interested in taking
    • Develop and/or update your academic plan

IX.  CAMPUS RESOURCES

X. OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT ALIGNMENT 

Course Objectives

Outcome

Assessment

Students will develop a comprehensive, individual academic plan to meet individual academic goals

  • Integration of Ideas
  • Cooperative Endeavors
  • Respect for Diversity

The student will submit a plan of study to the advisor by end of first academic year.

Students will identify the primary academic resources, tools, policies and procedures at UM-Missoula and how to utilize these to meet individual academic goals

  • Integration of Ideas
  • Cooperative Endeavors
  • Respect for Diversity

The student will identify the location of resource guide and student handbook policies and procedures and relate these to their individual academic goals by end of first academic year.

Student Performance Outcomes for Curriculum & Instruction

  • Integration of Ideas:
    • Demonstrates knowledge of the disciplines and subject matter related to curriculum.
    • Designs interdisciplinary and discrete subject area instruction to achieve curriculum goals.
    • Uses appropriate technologies and resources to enhance instruction and student performance.
    • Engages students in learning activities that promote critical and creative thinking.
  • Cooperative Endeavors:
    • Implements instructional and behavioral management strategies to promote a safe and positive learning environment.
    • Communicates clearly, accurately, and professionally with students and their families, colleagues, and community members.
  • Respect for Diversity:
    • Selects and designs appropriate and authentic means of assessing student learning and progress.
    • Designs and organizes learning environments to accommodate learners.
    • Reflects on professional responsibilities and demonstrates a commitment to fairness and the ability of all to learn.

  

XI.    ADVISING CALENDAR

September

  • let your advisor know how your classes are going
  • be aware of drop/add dates and other deadlines
  • apply to the Teacher Education program by September 15 deadline if appropriate
  • complete graduation/student teaching applications for in-state placement for Spring semester

October-November

  • meet with your advisor to plan for Spring semester and/or Winter Session
  • meet with your advisor if you have questions or concerns about your midterm grades
  • complete the graduation/student teaching applications for  out-of-state and international placement for Autumn semester
  • be aware of the last day to drop Fall courses with a “W”
  • register for Spring classes

January

  • contact your advisor if you need to change your class schedule
  • be aware of drop/add dates and other deadlines

February

  • let your advisor know how your classes are going file FAFSA for financial aid
  • apply to the Teacher Education program by February 15 deadline if appropriate
  • complete the graduation/student teaching applications for in-state placement for Autumn semester

March

  • complete the graduation application for May graduation
  • meet with your advisor to plan your classes for Summer and/or Fall semester 
  • meet with your advisor if you have questions or concerns about your midterm grades

April-May

  • be aware of the last day to drop Spring courses with a “W”
  • register for Summer and/or Fall semester before leaving campus in May
  • complete the graduation/student teaching applications for out-of-state and international placement for Spring semester

June

  • be aware of drop/add dates and other deadlines

July

  • be aware of the last day to drop Summer courses with a “W”