Academic Advising

Overview

Advising students formally and informally, is an important part of every Stanislaus State faculty member's responsibility. On this learning-centered campus, most teaching faculty find that they advise students almost every day: helping students select classes, giving suggestions for choosing a major, or referring students to other offices and people on campus.

Each semester you will be asked to set aside time on a weekly basis for office hours. If you find you cannot attend a posted office hour be sure to notify your department chair or secretary and arrange to have notice of your absence posted on your office door.

It is important, of course, that your advising be useful and accurate. Keep the University Catalog, the Schedule Informational Guide, and the campus telephone directory handy if you encounter problems. Whenever you are asked to advise in areas with which you are unfamiliar or not professionally trained, refer students to offices or individuals who can provide expert assistance. If you are not sure about a particular referral, a quick phone call to check what office is appropriate can help avoid passing students unnecessary from one office to another. If you would like more information on advising, contact the Advising Resource Center at Ext. 3304.

Advising Resource Center

The Advising Resource Center, Ext. 3304 monitors the progress of students requiring remediation, and offers general education advising to new students who have not yet been assigned faculty advisors (typically, undeclared majors.) The Parents Program is also provided by this office.

New Student Orientation

This comprehensive program is designed to enhance the educational experience for incoming Stanislaus State students by providing information about University policies and procedures, G.E. course requirements, major academic advising, and student programs and services. During these hands-on sessions, University faculty and staff assist students with course selection and academic advising. Students benefit by gaining a deeper understanding of campus life, student responsibilities and academic success strategies. For more information please contact the New Student Orientation Office at 664-6757 or visit the website at www.csustan.edu/studentlife/nso/

Parents Program

The Stanislaus State Parents Program offers the families of our students the opportunity to stay connected to the university by providing information, resources, and venues for family involvement. Please refer all parent-related questions to the Parents Hotline (209) 664-6632.

Transfer Students

When advising transfer students (or students who have received credit in some other way, such as Advanced Placement exams), be sure to ask them to bring a copy of their degree audit report with them. There are several individuals available who can answer questions about the degree audit report. The Advising Resource Center has academic advisors who can meet with students on a walk-in basis. In addition, an evaluator from Enrollment Services can be contacted during their walk-in hours, by email or phone. A student’s assigned evaluator is determined by their last name, go the Enrollment Services website for more information. Finally, the university articulation officer, Gabriela Nuno (at Ext 6835) in the Enrollment Services Office maintains the curricular articulation agreements with major schools and other two-year colleges regarding the lower division prerequisite courses for undergraduate major programs. Degree audit reports are completed for the student by their New Student Orientation. The report will list courses that the major department may utilize to satisfy the academic major requirements under the section “Additional Courses”. For additional information on evaluation of transfer credit policies and procedures see the "Course Credit" section found on the “Academic Policies, Procedures and Standards” page of the University Catalog.

General Education

The Stanislaus State General Education program (GE) is designed to provide students with a range of skills and breadth of knowledge that will complement their major and contribute to their becoming truly educated individuals. General Education classes also help to increase students' chances of success in their major classes and in their entire academic experience. GE requirements are listed in the University Catalog and the Schedule Informational Guide and are discussed in detail below.

The purpose of General Education is to provide a common education experience for students, regardless of major field of study. A total of 51 units are required in the five subject areas of communication skills, humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, social sciences, and individual resources for modern living. Students take 42 of these units at the lower division level where they are exposed to ideas from a broad range of disciplines, and a further 9 units at the upper division level where they study three non-major subjects in more depth. Note: It is important that students taking these upper division classes do so no earlier than the semester in which they achieve junior standing. Upper division courses taken before achieving junior status will not count toward satisfying the GE requirements.

The Summit offers students the opportunity to take their upper division GE classes as a cluster of two-three closely related courses. Further information can be obtained from the Faculty Director of General Education at Ext. 6764.

There is also a multicultural education requirement that addresses multicultural, ethic studies, gender, or non-western cultures issues. Note that some of these classes which count for the multicultural requirements can also be used for other areas of the GE program. These courses are listed in the catalog and also are designated in the class schedule each semester.

Courses that are proposed for inclusion in the GE program are reviewed by the General Education Subcommittee of the University Educational Policy Committee (UEPC). The proposal must address how the course will satisfy the goals. If you wish to submit a course, and need help in preparing the proposal, please contact any member of the subcommittee.

When students plan their General Education classes with care, they have a coherent and logical foundation for the remainder of their course work at Stanislaus State. As you speak with students, urge them regarding the best GE classes for their particular interests and needs, and advise them to begin their GE class work early in their careers.

Please see the end of this chapter for a listing of current CSU GE goals. These goals should be listed in every GE syllabus. All GE courses are expected to address each of the goals (6 or 7 are options), but not all in the same degree. Contact the GE Subcommittee for a full explanation.

GE Multicultural Course

In addition to the regular GE curriculum, students must take an area G, General Education Multicultural course. Multicultural courses are those classes of 3 or more units that address multicultural issues, ethnic studies, gender issues, or non-western cultures.

Multicultural courses should discuss more than one culture, and include the study of one culture in some depth. Multicultural courses should illustrate differences between cultures, show ways to study such differences, and stimulate students to do additional studies.

Graduation Requirements

A minimum of 120 semester units is required for graduation. For a concise summary, see the "Summary of Undergraduate Degree Requirements at Stanislaus State," available from the Enrollment Services Office Ext. 3152.

As you advise students, be sure they know that they will have to complete the university requirements as well as General Education classes and classes in their major before they can receive their degree. See the University Catalog for more description of the graduation requirements.

Leaves of Absence

Upon admission to the university or a community college, students acquire catalog requirements rights which remain with them until graduation unless the students leave the university for a year. Students may be granted a leave of absence. Specific requirements and procedures with regard to leave of absence can be found in the University Catalog under "Academic Policies and Procedures."

Post-Baccalaureate Credit

Only courses taken during the final term in which a student earns an undergraduate degree that are not needed to fulfill degree requirements, upon the approval of the Request for Post Baccalaureate Credit Form, will be indicated on the student's permanent academic record as post baccalaureate credit.

Candidacy for a Degree

A student should apply for graduation when two semesters remain before completion of graduation requirements. A graduation candidacy evaluation and agreement form is issued to a degree applicant prior to his or her enrollment for the term of expected graduation.

This agreement must be completed by the student, the major adviser, the major department chair, a minor adviser (if any), and the Advising Center before submission to the Enrollment Services Office.

University-wide Tests

Students need to be aware of the University-wide tests required for placement and graduation. These tests are described in detail in the University Catalog. As an advisor, you should be particularly aware of the English Placement Test (EPT), the Entry Level Math Test (ELM), and the Writing Proficiency Screening Test (WPST). The EPT and ELM are placement examinations required for admitted undergradutes who do not meet exemption requirements which are listed in the University Catalog. Additional information about the testing is available from the website: www.csustan.edu/counseling/testing or in L112.

Graduate Writing Requirement

All students should be aware that they must demonstrate competency in writing in order to graduate. The Graduation Writing Requirement (GWAR) for this campus consists of first passing a Writing Proficiency Screening Test (WPST) and then passing a Writing Proficiency (WP) course with a grade C- or better. Passing the WPST is a prerequisite for all WP courses, so students should be encouraged to take the WPST as soon as they have completed the two lower division writing requirements (G.E. area A.2 & A.3). For information, contact WPST Administrative Support Staff at Ext. 3069 or by email wpst@csustan.edu. The Coordinator's extension is Ext. 3954 and her email is MSimoneau@csustan.edu.

Grading Policies

As a faculty member and adviser, you should read carefully the section of the University Catalog entitled "Academic Standards." In general, most university classes follow a traditional A-F grading pattern with pluses and minuses optional for faculty who choose to use them. For more information, turn to Chapter IV, "Teaching," in this handbook.

Web Registration System

Students may register online during the priority period through the beginning of a term on the myCSUSTAN Student Center, at the Enrollment Services Office or Stockton campus during in-person registration periods. See the Online Schedule Informational Guide for specific dates. You should urge students to use the myCSUSTAN Student Center at the start of each term to verify the accuracy of each of their attempted enrollment transactions. Course prerequisite enforcement is the responsibility of the faculty. You may drop a student for a course if he or she has not met a course prerequisite by IW (Instructor Withdrawal) the student on a class roster and submitting it to Enrollment Services by Census Day.

ESL Competency Program

The English as a Second Language program is designated for those students in the university, both international and permanent residents, for whom English in not their native language. The three courses in the program provide intensive instruction along with tutoring in writing and reading. All courses in the program yield graduation credit. For information, contact the Department of English at Ext. 3361.

University Extended Education Office

University Extended Education (UEE) provides lifelong learning experiences that promote educational success and strengthen the personal and professional growth of its students. For additional information on UEE’s mission or program offerings please contact us at (209) 667-3111 or visit our web site at www.csustan.edu/uee

Degree Program Development with the Colleges

Extended Education works closely with the college deans and departments to coordinate the development of new self-support degree and certificate programs to be delivered through UEE as Special Sessions. The college deans each have a faculty coordinator to assist in this project. If you have an idea for a self-support program, please see your dean or faculty representative.

Summer & Winter Intersessions

Stanislaus State provides Summer and Winter Intersession classes during the calendar year. Winter Intersession offers short three-week courses that offer students the opportunity to take classes in order to meet their educational objectives. These courses offered through University Extended Education are regular university courses that are open to everyone. Courses taken through Winter Intersession may be applied toward degree completion requirements.

Summer Session is open to everyone — current and returning students, high school students and students from other colleges and universities. Adult learners and members of the community are also welcome. 10-week, six-week and 4-week courses are offered. Faculty have the option to teach these summer courses. Students may take a maximum of 12 units during Summer Session. Exceptions may be granted with advisor approval. 

Open University

This program opens the doors to university classes for those students who are not formally admitted and enrolled in the university. The Open University program serves many purposes: an invitation for those trying out the university, a resource for those who need a class for personal or professional development, or a second chance for low-GPA students. Students may only enroll on a space-available basis and with the permission of the instructor in any regularly-scheduled course offered by the university. Since enrollment is permitted on a space-available basis, enrollment approval is given on the first day of instruction in a term. If a student wishes to have credit applied towards a degree, a maximum of 24 units is allowable for a baccalaureate degree.

Certificate Programs

Stanislaus State in partnership with Ed2go (formerly Gatlin Education Services), offers online open enrollment programs designed to provide the skills necessary to acquire professional-level positions for many in-demand occupations. Students have the convenience of taking these programs anytime from anywhere.

These programs are designed by a team of professionals from each respective field, who work to provide students with an effective web-based learning experience. Instructors/mentors are actively involved in the online learning experience. They respond to any questions or concerns, as well as encourage and motivate students to succeed.

Each program includes a set of lessons and evaluations. Grades are a combination of the instructor/mentor's evaluation of students' work and computer-graded tests. 

Personal Development

UEE also provides opportunities for students to participate in courses focused on personal development and recreation. Through a partnership with leading e-learning providers, UEE now offers an extensive library of online, non-credit courses. Courses focus on building specific skills and are offered in a variety of topics such as computers, the internet, writing, and special interest.

Contract Courses

UEE’s contract credit program offers organizations and schools the opportunity to provide professional development to employees and have extension credits awarded by Stanislaus State. Extension credit units can be used toward professional growth credit and advancement on the salary schedule. The UEE coordinator is available to assist teachers through the training program. Those interested must meet university guidelines.

Teacher Education

For teacher education needs not provided by contract courses, UEE offers a variety of options. Test preparation classes are provided for those looking to enter the teaching field. For those currently teaching and needing extension credits, UEE offers computer-based teacher education, which covers pertinent topics, and award credit. We also provide workshops periodically throughout the year for substitute teachers.

International Programs

The Office of International Education, at Ext. 3117, coordinates programs that offer students opportunities for studying abroad. See Chapter IX, "Scholarship and Professional Development," for international programs for faculty.

School of Fine and Performing Arts

The School of Fine and Performing Arts was dedicated on September 4, 1999, and is a component of the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences. The School is a collaboration of the Department of Art, Music and Theater to develop a shared vision for curricular and programmatic goals that will help to:

  • Recruit and retain talented students and faculty;
  • Heighten marketing and development efforts;
  • Foster partnership with other educational and artistic organizations; and
  • Serve as a center for cultural and artistic activity for the region.

The School presents over sixty events each academic year including exhibitions in the University Art Gallery, plays, musicals and operas in the University Mainstage Theatre, and numerous concerts and recitals in the beautiful new Bernell and Flora Snider Music Recital Hall.

For more information about exhibitions or performances, please call the ARTSPHONE at ext. 3875. To reach all arts departments, please call ext. 3876. To speak to someone in the office of the School of Fine and Performing Arts, please call ext. 3959. To see a full listing of events, please visit Calendars-of-Events click on "Calendars of Events," and choose, "Fine and Performing Arts Calendar."

General Education Goals

Each GE course must demonstrate how it will meet Goals 1-5 and either Goal 6, Goal 7, or both Goals 6 and 7.

  1. Subject knowledge. To provide an educational experience that will enhance students understanding of the discipline's basic principles, methodologies, and perspectives.
  2. Communication. To provide an educational experience that will enhance the ability to communicate.
  3. Inquiry and Critical Thinking. To provide an educational experience that will enhance critical thinking skills and will contribute to continuous inquiry and life-long learning.
  4. Information Retrieval and Evaluation. To provide an educational experience that will enhance the ability to find, understand, examine critically, and use information from various sources.
  5. Interdisciplinary Relationships. To provide an educational experience that will enhance students' understanding of a discipline's interrelationships with other disciplines.
  6. Global or Multicultural Perspectives. To provide an educational experience that will enhance the ability to look at issues from multiple perspectives and/or that will describe the discipline's impact on or connection to global issues.
    AND/OR
  7. Social Responsibility. To provide an educational experience that will help students understand the complexity of ethical judgment and social responsibility and/or that will describe the discipline's impact on or connection to social and ethical issues.