10732 week two-wi2010 learning college customs

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10732 week two-wi2010 learning college customs

  1. 1. Collegiate Communication Winter 2010 Rose Wedemeyer
  2. 2. Today we will:  Describe and apply strategies to get on course to your success  Review Activity: Major Differences between High School and College  Identify college customs
  3. 3. Activity: Major Differences between High School and College  In the space provided, describe how high school differs from college.  In pairs, discuss your responses.  Be prepared to share the top 1 or 2 differences with the rest of the class.
  4. 4. Learning College Customs  Read the college catalogue  Seek academic advising  Know the importance of the syllabus  Introduce yourself to classmates  Communicate with your instructors  Know the importance of your GPA  Know how to compute your GPA  Keep track of important dates
  5. 5. Read the college catalogue Academic Policies and Procedures Academic Probation and Dismissal Policy Grading Policies Repeat policy
  6. 6. Academic Advising Know your Advisor Advising Resource Center-Undecided students Walk-ins, Appointments, CLAW series College of Arts & Sciences Walk-ins & Appointments School of Business Administration Walk-ins, Online appointment maker/override request system, Freshmen group advising sessions School of Education & Human Services Appointments School of Engineering & Computer Science Appointments School of Nursing Appointments & Freshmen group advising sessions
  7. 7. Academic Advising  Make an appointment with your advisor at least once a year  Prepare a list of questions prior to your appointment  If you are a transfer student, take a copy of your transfer transcript or transfer evaluation  Understand the requirements for your major and degree  Ask questions if you don’t understand a policy or procedure  Keep copies of academic records-program plans, general education requirements
  8. 8. Making the most of your advising appointment  Understand prerequisites  Ask about difficult course combinations  Consider your course  Review your major selection
  9. 9. Making the most of your Financial Aid Advising appointment  Print a copy of your Financial Aid award letter to take with you to your meeting  Review and understand Satisfactory Academic Progress  Questions to consider:  What is my current total percentage of attempted courses completed?  Based upon my current ___ semester courses, will I be eligible for aid for the ____ academic year?  How many courses can I repeat during the ___ semester and still be able to ensure meeting the required 67% completion?  If I drop ___ credits, what will happen to my financial aid?  Will dropping credits lead me to owing the University money? If so, how much will I owe?
  10. 10. Know the Importance of the Syllabus  Serves as a contract  Course objectives  Required text and supplies  Assignments and due dates  Method for determining grades  Course rules
  11. 11. Introduce yourself to classmates  In case of absence  Clarify notes, assignments
  12. 12. Communicate with your instructors  Notify instructor of anticipated absences  Schedule a meeting during their office hours  Topics to discuss:  Your performance in the course  Information on your strengths/weaknesses  Recommendations for improvements you can make  Specific assignments  Class content
  13. 13. Know the importance of your GPA  Minimum GPA required to graduate  Financial aid eligibility  Intercollegiate sports eligibility  Scholarships  Employment  Minimum 2.5 GPA
  14. 14. Know how to compute your GPA  Calculator on Advising Resource Center website  Know impact of repeating courses
  15. 15. Keep track of Important Dates  Last day to add  Last day to drop without a W  Last day to officially withdraw
  16. 16. Questions?
  17. 17.  What is one way you wish college was like high school?

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