•Spring 2012 General Information Meeting Outline: •What Is Four Bear? •The Four Bear Contract •Four-Year Planning •Role of Advisors •General Information Meeting Schedule •Questions and Answers
• What Is Four Bear?• The Four Bear Program provides academic planning and advising guidance to students who enter UM with the intention of graduating in four years or less.
• What Is Four Bear?• Students who participate in Four Bear receive the following benefits: early access to courses during registration (called “Four Bear Registration Priority”), focused workshops on academic planning, and a guarantee to have tuition and fees beyond the fourth year waived in the event that the student is unable to complete in four years because critical courses contained within the plan were for some reason unavailable.
• The Four Bear Contract• Student Commitments: – Each semester, meet with the student’s assigned academic advisor of record, including any assigned advisors in second majors or minors.
• The Four Bear Contract• Student Commitments, continued: – In the second semester of the freshman, sophomore, and junior years, create and follow a Four Year Plan to Complete, developed using Academic Planner and signed and approved by the student’s academic advisor of record.
• The Four Bear Contract• Student Commitments, continued: – The Four Year Plan to Complete must be submitted to the Four Bear Coordinator no later than the last class day of spring semester. If revisions to the Four Year Plan to Complete are required following its submittal, a new Four Year Plan to Complete must be resubmitted by the student. The new version must have been signed and approved by the academic advisor of record.
• The Four Bear Contract• Student Commitments, continued: – In the senior year, submit to the Four Bear Coordinator an academic department or program chair-approved graduation application no later than the last class day of the autumn semester.
• The Four Bear Contract• Student Commitments, continued: – Register for the courses that appear on the Four Year Plan to Complete during the Four Bear priority registration period every semester. If an approved course is no longer available or full, the student must notify the Four Bear Coordinator immediately and meet with the student’s academic advisor to develop a revised Four Year Plan to Complete.
• The Four Bear Contract• Student Commitments, continued: – In the freshman year attend at least two Four Bear Advising workshops, one of which may be an institutional assessment. In the sophomore and junior years, attend at least two Four Bear Advising workshops , and in the senior year attend the “Preparing to Graduate” Workshop (Autumn semester). – Satisfy all academic policies of the University and the student’s degree program(s).
• The Four Bear Contract• University Commitments: – Provide a registration priority for each semester. – Provide regularly scheduled workshops on academic planning for four year completion during the academic year. • Tentative topics: how to make the most of advising appointments, academic enrichment opportunities, how to stay on track if adding a 2nd major or minor, preparing for graduate school, preparing to graduate.
• The Four Bear Contract• University Commitments, continued: – Assist the student in working with the student’s degree program to secure course substitution approval or overrides should the student be denied access to a course in the student’s advisor- approved Four Year Plan.
• The Four Bear Contract• University Commitments, continued: – If the student is unable to register for a planned course because of factors within the University’s control, the University will pay post-four year tuition and mandatory fees until the student graduates in accordance with the last submitted Four Year Plan. This obligation specifically excludes general education or elective courses that appear on the Four Year Plan, as substitutions are possible for these types of courses. Factors considered to be under the University’s control are limited to: • Cancellation of planned courses where a substitution or waiver is not approved by The University. • The inability of a student to enroll in a planned course because the course is full.
• Four Year Planning• Four Bear was revised this year to incorporate the use of Academic Planner in providing academic planning and advising guidance to students who enter UM with the intention of graduating within four years.
• Four Year Planning• A student who chooses to participate in Four Bear will be required to submit to the Four Bear Coordinator a Four Year Plan each spring, approved by his/her assigned academic advisor, that demonstrates the ability to complete his/her degree program within the four year timeframe.
• Role of Advisors• Even though it is the student’s responsibility to develop a Four Year Plan, the program will rely on advisors to verify that student plans account for all necessary requirements for graduation.• By signing a Four Year Plan, advisors are verifying that, to the best of their knowledge, the plan incorporates all necessary requirements for graduation.
• Role of Advisors• We have tried to set up the timeframe for the spring 2012 program to coincide with the priority advising period.• Student Academic Planning and Advising Workshops are scheduled for the week of March 12. – Students will have an opportunity after these workshops to develop their Four Year Plans and bring them to their priority advising appointment to acquire advisor’s signature and submit to Four Bear Coordinator by the end of spring 2012 semester.
• Role of Advisors• After the General Information Meetings, I will send a message to academic advisors and department chairs including: – students within their majors/programs who are in the Four Bear Program. – reminder of upcoming Four Bear registration dates/times. – Reminder of Four Year Plan deadline at end of semester.
• Four Bear General Information Meeting Schedule: • March 5 (Monday): 2:10-3:00pm; JRH 202 • March 5 (Monday): 5:10-6:00pm; JRH 202 • March 6 (Tuesday): 11:10-12:00pm; JRH 202 • March 6 (Tuesday): 3:10-4:00pm; JRH 204 • March 7 (Wednesday): 8:10-9:00am; FOR 106 • March 7 (Wednesday): 10:10-11:00am; FOR 305 • March 8 (Thursday): 2:10-3:00pm; ED 214 • March 8 (Thursday): 5:10-6:00pm; ED 214 – **Please note that Jeanette Rankin Hall (JRH) is not ADA- accessible. If students cannot attend a session in one of the other accessible locations, please refer them to the Four Bear Coordinator to make alternative arrangements.
• Questions?• Program Contact for Spring 2012: – Brian French – Interim Four Bear Program Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org – 243-2565