College of Education Undergraduate Academic Advising SyllabusCollege of Education Undergraduate Advising Center Mission The mission of the College of Education Undergraduate Advising Center is to provide quality academic advising to students regarding curriculum requirements, the progression through and completion of undergraduate degrees, and teacher certification programs. These services include, but are not limited to: exploration of career and educational goals; information regarding policies and procedures; and navigation through the sequence of courses required for a degree. We strive to develop a guidance and support system to encourage student self-reliance, responsibility, and success in achieving academic goals.Undergraduate Academic Advising MissionUndergraduate academic advising at Texas StateUniversity-San Marcos is a student-centered,collaborative approach, which promotes theacademic success and growth of students, whilerespecting individuals diverse interests, abilities, andgoals.
Advising ExpectationsWhat is expected of me? What can I expect of my advisor? ‣ Read your Texas State e-mail ‣ Take the initiative to contact an advisor ‣ To be available to meet with you each for assistance with course planning semester and questions regarding policies ‣ To offer advice on selecting courses and ‣ Ask questions if you feel you have assist you in developing an academic received insufficient information or plan are confused ‣ To provide information regarding policies ‣ Become familiar with your own academic and procedures program, including all applicable ‣ To be a responsive listener and refer you to requirements appropriate campus resources ‣ Give thoughtful consideration to your ‣ To help you explore your interests, abilities, personal, educational, and career and goals as they relate to your goals academic major ‣ Follow through on advice/instructions given to you by an advisor ‣ Accept responsibility for your decisions and choices 2
Your first semester, you should.... !Organize and keep all information given !Get involved in student activities and to you at your Orientation session. organizations. !Create your Texas State net ID, which is Register early during the Registration also your Texas State Email Address (ex. period in order to get the best possible AB1234). Make sure to have your student schedule. Also check for pre-requisites ID number with you. before you register. Before registering for courses at another college or university, !Set up an initial appointment with an check the Transfer Equivalency Guides. advisor. Call (512) 245-3050 to Upon completion of off-campus courses, schedule. Bring all of your information send an official transcript to the and a list of questions for the advisor Admissions Office so that your academic with you. COME PREPARED TO YOUR records can be updated. ADVISING SESSION! 3
Policies What does it mean to be on Academic Probation? Academic probation is an emphatic warning that the quality of your work has not met Texas State Universitys minimum academic standards and that the quality must improve during the probationary semester in order for you to continue at Texas State. You will be placed on academic probation at the end of the fall or spring semester in which the Texas State GPA is less than 2.00. You will be removed from academic probation at the end of any long term or summer term if the Texas State GPA is 2.00 or higher. Students on academic probation are required to meet with an Academic Advisor. Students with majors in the College of Education should call (512) 245-3050 to schedule a probation advising appointment. Why am I being charged more for a repeated course? The Texas Legislature eliminated funding to higher education for courses that are attempted three or more times. An attempted course is defined as any course in which a grade is earned on the transcript, including repeated courses and courses dropped with a grade of “W”. In order to compensate for this loss of state funding, students attempting a course for the third or more time may be charged a fee in addition to the tuition charged for the course. This fee will be assessed for courses attempted at Texas State as of the fall semester of 2002 or later. This assessment does not include courses attempted at other colleges or universities. Certain courses are exempt from this fee because they are designed to be repeated for additional credit, such as thesis, dissertation, and independent study courses; various music, physical education, physical fitness and wellness, studio art, and theatre courses; developmental education courses; and topics courses. How do I know if I have taken too many hours towards my degree? Texas Education Code §54.014 specifies that resident undergraduate students may be subject to a higher tuition rate for attempting excessive hours at any public institution of higher education while classified as a resident student for tuition purposes. Texas State students attempting hours in excess of their degree program requirements will be charged at the non-resident tuition rate for those hours, and those students are categorized as follows: 1. Students initially enrolled during or after the fall 2006 semester will be charged at the non-resident rate if, prior to the start of the semester or session, the student has previously attempted 30 or more hours over the minimum number of semester credit hours required for completion of the degree program in which the student is enrolled. 2. Students initially enrolled during the fall 1999 through summer 2006 semesters will be charged at the non-resident rate if, prior to the start of the semester or session, thestudent has previously attempted 45 or more hours over the minimum number of semester credit hours required forcompletion of the degree program in which the student is enrolled.Attempted courses include those courses attempted at Texas State or any Texas public institution of higher education. How many courses can I drop? In 2007, the Texas Legislature enacted Senate Bill 1231 which provides that, except for several specific instances of good cause, undergraduate students entering as first time freshmen at a Texas public institution of higher education in the fall of 2007 or later will be limited to a total of six dropped courses during their undergraduate career. GO CATS GO! 4
How do I calculate my GPA? Course Letter Grades X Course Credit Hours (Grade Points) GPA = --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Credit Hours AttemptedCourse Letter Grade = A=4 Course Credit Hours = How many hours the course is worth (Second digit of course B=3 code) C=2 D=1 EXAMPLE: ENG 1310 F OR LOWER=0 3 Course Credit Hours Credit Hours Attempted= Total number of course credit hours of the classes attemptedFor Example:Semester #1 Course Letter Grade Course Credit Hour Grade PointsHistory 1310 (B) 3 X 3 = 9English 2320 (C) 2 X 3 = 6Math 1315 (C) 2 X 3 = 6Physics 1310 (B) 3 X 3 = 9Physics 1110 (A) 4 X 1 = 4US 1100 (A) 4 X 1 = 4 ----- ---- 14 38Semester #2 Course Letter Grade Course Credit Hour Grade PointsHistory 1320 (B) 3 X 3 = 9Theatre 2313 (B) 3 X 3 = 9Philosophy 1305 (C) 2 X 3 = 6Physics 1320 (B) 3 X 3 = 9Geography 1310 (B) 3 X 3 = 9PFW ACT (A) 4 X 1 = 4 ----- ---- 16 46 Total Grade Points (38 + 46 = 84) ---------------------------------------------------- = 2.8 Total Hours Attempted (14 + 16 = 30) NOTE: The first time a student repeats a course, the new grade replaces the older grade in your GPA calculations, but the total hours attempted will remain the same. 5
Advising FAQ Q: How do I see an advisor? A: Call (512) 245-3050 to schedule an appointment. Q: When should I see my advisor? A: Students should see an advisor every semester at least 2-3 weeks before Registration begins. Also, students should see an advisor before making any decisions as to dropping/withdrawing from classes, signing up for Study Abroad, Correspondence, or Extension coursework, and at the first sign of any academic problems; do not expect problems to be resolved without doing anything. Q: What should I bring to my appointment with an advisor? A: A list of questions and other relevant materials, including your Degree Audit Report, advising worksheet, catalog, and schedule of classes. Q: When is the Office of Academic Advising open? A: We are open during normal University business hours, 8:00AM to 5:00PM, Monday through Friday. Q: Can I see an advisor in the summer? A: Yes. Our office is open throughout the year.Q: Where is the Office of Academic Advising located?A: We are located in room 2143 of the Education Building. We are situated across the breezeway from theDean’s office.Q: Can an advisor put me into a closed class?A: Advisors cannot put students into closed classes. Each academic department determines their own proceduresfor closed classes. The Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation uses Closed Class Forms, whichare available during late registration periods at the department office in Jowers A116. The Department ofCurriculum and Instruction uses Appeal Forms, which can be accessed online at www.education.txstate.edu/ci. Your Academic AdvisorsContact your AcademicAdvisors: Arlene Harborth firstname.lastname@example.orgOffice location: Room 2143 Education Building Matthew Haynes Marissa Saenz email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.orgTelephone: Katie Palmer Marcos Canales (512) 245-3050 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.orgFax: (512) 245-8225 Joan Pasquali Mary Sampson email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: Sheresa Edgingtonwww.education.txstate.edu/advising (RRHEC) email@example.com 6