Informatics Orientation Presentation 2


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Orientation presentation I gave to incoming freshman and their parents that introduces them to both the college and the university in general.

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Informatics Orientation Presentation 2

  1. 1. WELCOME To Northern Kentucky University’s College of Informatics
  2. 2. In the next hour…. • Overview & highlights of our College • Advising Center • Assistant Dean: Why should I know this person? • Dean & Department Chairs: What do they do? • Degree programs & requirements • FERPA • Academic resources (online and hard copy) • Scheduling an advising appointment • Strategies for succeeding • Break out into departments in preparation for registration tomorrow!
  3. 3. COI: connecting the disciplines The programs integrated into the College of Informatics are designed to develop your skills and competencies across a range of disciplines. A degree from the COI means you are a part of the innovation age, well versed in using technology, in manipulating information, and in communicating the results. The common thread is information.
  4. 4. Highlights of our College and Departments • Our Business Informatics degree is AACSB accredited just like the NKU College of Business • Communication majors are highly sought out in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati Region • We have a larger number of Computer Science students than our in-state competitors as well as University of Cincinnati • We will break ground this Fall 2008 on the building of our new Center for Informatics, which you will hopefully be able to experience as Juniors or Seniors.
  5. 5. Informatics Advising Center Room location: Applied Science & Technology Building 363 Jim Hughes Freshman Non-Freshman Dorothy Wright (AST Specialist Advisor--Mark Miller 363A) (AST 363D) Sarah Schroeder (AST 363C) (LA 132)
  6. 6. If you want to struggle in college…. • Don’t attend classes or do any assigned readings ahead of time. • Don’t see your advisor, and arrive late to your appointments. • Don’t get to know your professors/instructors. • Don’t ever read published University or College resources. • Don’t ever plan for your next term ahead of time. • Don’t check your NKU e-mail account on a regular basis. • Don’t seek out help in the form of tutoring, your instructors, or your advisor. • Only trust what your friends and family tell you about how to complete your degree requirements. • Don’t use the NKU or Informatics websites to find information. • Don’t get involved in the campus life. (You might accidentally get to know people.) • Don’t pursue a major you like.
  7. 7. Role of your Advisor • Accessibility and responsiveness • Interest in your academic success by helping you develop realistic educational goals via appropriate course scheduling • Knowledge of the academic calendar & awareness of important deadlines • Access to student information via SIS and degree audit • Assist you in developing decision-making skills and teaching you how to take responsibility for those decisions • Learn about appropriate campus resources and refer you to them as needed BOTTOM LINE: We will teach you how to fish so that you can eventually feed yourself! We are not your wait staff (and we won’t expect any tips).
  8. 8. YOUR role (student) • Be open and share your thoughts about your academic goals with your advisor (We are not mind readers) • Show up to scheduled advising appointments on time and be prepared with written questions to ask…don’t forget to write down the answers! • Take responsibility for your learning by reviewing all available University and college policies • Make your own advising file! • ASK questions of your advisor……but be prepared for your advisor to direct you to a resource for the answer.
  9. 9. Assistant Dean: Teri Slick • Undeclared students – Major Exploration – Advising Holds • Probation and Suspended Students – Not here to punish you—only to help you strategize – Lifts Dean’s Holds Other Duties • Approves of many registration exceptions (When the Registrar and/ or University Catalog indicate students needing to contact the Dean’s Office, contact the Assistant Dean.) • Oversees Advising Center Addresses any questions or concerns
  10. 10. Informatics Organizational Chart Dean Doug Perry Department Chairs Business Informatics Communication Computer Science Ben Martz Cady Short-Thompson Kevin Kirby (Interim)
  11. 11. Degrees in the College Bachelor of Art • Communication Studies Certificate options: • Electronic Media & Broadcasting • Journalism • Media Informatics Graduate Programs • Public Relations • Business Informatics Bachelor of Science • Communication • Business Informatics • Computer Science • Computer Science • Health Informatics • Computer Information Technology Minors Graduate Certificates • Business Informatics • Business Informatics • Communication Studies • Corporate Information Security • Computer Forensics • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) • Computer Information Technology • Health Informatics • Computer Science • Electronic Media & Broadcasting • Secure Software Engineering • Information Security • Journalism • Popular Culture Studies
  12. 12. Selective Admissions/Courses Some programs have special course/GPA requirements in order to declare or proceed with major courses: • Business Informatics (specific courses and GPA) • Public Relations, Electronic Media & Broadcasting and Journalism (ACT requirement) • Communication Studies (specific courses, GPA and earned credit maximum in order to declare) • Math requirements/options vary for each program (your advisor will point these out to you)
  13. 13. FERPA • FERPA expressly states that when a student reaches the age of 18 OR is attending an institution of post secondary education the rights of access to student records "transfer from the parents to the student."
  14. 14. Elements of a Bachelor’s Degree ELECTIVES MINOR/2nd major OR AREA OF CONCENTRATION MAJOR GENERAL STUDIES
  15. 15. Academic Resources • Catalog explains all requirements—see also Northern Connection – Policies and requirements that apply to all students, including General Studies – Colleges - By departments with specific degree requirements – Course descriptions – Faculty – On-line: • Norse Express: – Mid-term grades – Schedule of Classes – Priority Registration Schedules
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  17. 17. Step 1. Click on image of department advisor with whom you wish to meet.
  18. 18. Step 2. Type in requested info where “required” Step 3. Select Step 4. Click Good on the Standing for calendar icon your first term in order to view individual dates Step 5. Click on the specific date you desire.
  19. 19. Step 6. Indicate three times even if at the same time for all three dates.
  20. 20. Step 8. Please make note of this warning! Step 7. Include a message to explain reason Step 9. Click in for the appt. order to submit request.
  21. 21. Future Success • Attend class • Do the required reading • Study for exams and tests • Complete all assignments • Do extra-credit if available • Get to know your teachers - office hours, location, e-mail • Academic advising – Mandatory appointment to schedule Spring – But NOT ONLY to plan a schedule – advisors help every step of the way to your academic success
  22. 22. Schedule for Success • 4-5 courses (12-15 hours) – Science and language courses may be 4 hours – Full-time 12-16 credit hours • Spread out your schedule – Plan for assignments, study time and exams – Lunch!! • Think about other commitments • Know yourself—early morning? Like to work with others? (Learning Communities) etc.
  23. 23. Preparing for Day 2 • Log in to Norse Express: