Academic Advising in the Roy H. Park School of Communications

Jill Loop, Instructor and First year advisor

phone (607) 274-7716
email jloop@ithaca.edu
office 379 Park Hall

Kristin Morse, Academic Services Coordinator

phone (607) 274-7794
email kmorse@ithaca.edu
office 337 Park Hall

Peer tutors can be found in the Deans' Suite during normal business hours.

Advising for first year students

Part of a student’s transition to college involves a series of research, organization and decision-making regarding their educational path. While much of this responsibility falls to the student, the Park school takes the role of advising seriously. As such, all students have the same first-year advisor, a professor in the Park School who is knowledgeable about all 10 degree programs. The first-year advisor follows a group-advising model in additional to individual appointments, which may be scheduled at https://jloop.youcanbook.me/.

Research as well as our personal experience, shows nearly 50 percent of first-year students will change their major at least once. Part of Park’s seamless, in-school change of major process allows students to speak with one Academic Advisor to assist in this decision-making process during the first year. Students are then assigned to a faculty advisor in their degree program at the end of April in their first year. This faculty advisor will then be the students advisor through graduation.

What Does Group Advising Mean?

Students attend mandatory S’Park class meetings twice each fall semester with the First Year Advisor. In the initial meeting, held during the first three weeks of the semester as a “check-in” on student progress, students are introduced to four-year mapping of their degrees, and guided through the process of beginning to “own” their degrees. Students quickly learn through talking with their peers that a lot is possible as a Park student; now is the time to understand what is probable given an individual student’s AP/transfer credits, type of degree program, desire to study away/abroad, etc.

In the second mandatory meeting, students are prepared for the registration process. This is the first time a student will register fully independently (unlike during the summer when students were pre-registered in their major courses) for the Fall semester. During this session, the First Year Advisor reviews the suggested courses for each degree program as well as offers hints and tips for Registration Preparation.

What do students receive in their first year?

• Minimum two S’Park classes dedicated to four-year planning, advising, prep for registration

• Minimum two S’Park classes dedicated to professional development, internship planning, networking, etc.

• Mandatory four-year mapping assignment due via Sakai in S’Park

• Ability to make an appointment with first-year advisor at any point during first two semesters by following the online sign-up

• Ability to drop-in 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F at Park Peer Advisors for assistance with registration, planning, internships, and/or tutoring in Park-specific courses OR to take a tutoring appointment by following the online sign-up

• Access to our Academic Services Coordinator for additional degree planning/questions

What do students receive in years two through four?

• A faculty advisor in their degree program

• Ability to drop-in 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F at Park Peer Advisors for assistance with registration, planning, internships, and/or tutoring in Park-specific courses OR to take a tutoring appointment by following the online sign-up

• Access to our Academic Services Coordinator for additional degree planning/questions

Expectations in the Advising Process (across all four years)

YOUR ADVISER WILL EXPECT THAT YOU:

• Initiate contact. Do NOT wait for your advisor to reach out to you.

• Schedule a meeting, should you want it, each semester during the three-week advising period prior to on-line registration to help with course selection and academic planning;

• Contact your advisor during office hours, if possible. If not possible, request an appointment via telephone voice mail or email to set up an appointment;

• Come to appointments on time and cancel appointments if you cannot come;

• Access your mid-term grades on the web and make an appointment to discuss unsatisfactory grades;

• Discuss important decisions or questions about your education (e.g., choice of major, change of major, change of school) well before on-line registration;

• Come prepared for appointments. Prior to on-line registration, come with a list of courses, alternative course choices, and the meeting times of these courses; Also, be continuously updating your tentative four-year plan to reflect changes, study abroad changes, etc.;

• Follow through on referrals made by your adviser (e.g., a visit to other faculty members, a professional development coordinator or the Office of International Studies) and be willing to discuss suggestions made by your adviser;

• After talking to your adviser, accept responsibility for making your own decisions. (Your advisor will provide advice, not make decisions.)

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM YOUR ADVISOR:

• A meeting at the beginning of the academic year to get acquainted;

• Availability during posted office hours and the opportunity for individual appointments;

• Assistance in helping you find academic information, including information on majors, minors, and academic policies, procedures and deadlines;

• Referrals to appropriate people and offices if she or he cannot provide the necessary assistance;

• A meeting to discuss mid-term grades and recommendations for academic improvement, if appropriate;

• Assistance in understanding the purpose of academic requirements and their relationship to your degree program and career plans;

• Assistance in helping you to learn how to make academic decisions, how to discover the range of options available to you, and how to think through the consequences.

Expectations of Students Year by Year

First Year:

• Attend: Summer Orientation AND Dean’s Welcome

• Read: Park News, Intercom and Monday Memo

• Meet: first-year advisor at least twice per semester (group sessions are included)

• Attend: min. 2 Park Success Workshops (noon common hour, hosted by profs)

• Visit: college’s Writing Center and/or Tutoring Services at least once

• Visit: Park Peer Advisors at least once

• Attend: Pre-registration meetings for first-year students as well as for your major

• Get to know a faculty member in your degree program

• Join a student club or organization in Park AND one outside of Park

Second Year:

• FALL SEMESTER: Meet with the Professional Development Coordinator to discuss internship possibilities/shadowing during breaks and summer

• Meet with your academic advisor regularly (beyond registration)

• Fine tune your four-year degree plan to include double majors/minors/study away or abroad

• Meet with a faculty member to discuss potential projects/research/internships for the future

• Attend academic enrichment sessions both inside and outside Park (study abroad; majors/minors fair, etc.)

Third Year:

• Meet with your academic advisor regularly (beyond registration)

• Take on a leadership position in your student organization

• Study away or abroad

• Conduct research or complete a special project with a faculty member or other students

• Secure an internship

• Attend a minimum of two Park-sponsored events (Professionals in Residence, speakers, etc.)

Fourth Year:

• FALL SEMESTER: Check in with Kristin Morse and Park Peer Advisors and your faculty advisor to ensure there are no “surprises” as you approach graduation

• Meet with your academic advisor regularly (beyond registration)

• Take on a leadership position in your student organization

• Study away

• Present, publish or otherwise showcase your student work

• Network with alumni

• Attend a minimum of two Park-sponsored events (Professionals in Residence, speakers, networking with alumni events, etc.)

• Apply for graduation

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