Updates on Academic Advising - March 18, 2020

Greeting colleagues,

I hope you are finding ways that are meaningful for you to care for yourself, your loved ones, your students, and your colleagues in this time of tumult. I’m sending each of you my best vibes.

I am writing today in my role as Faculty Director for Advising and Learning Cohorts to offer updates on questions related to academic advising within our current remote university operations, including potentially useful resources for you in this role. A series of questions, with my best current answers, follows below.

My most important overall message: Please do not hesitate to contact me via email if you have any questions or concerns with which I might help; these need not be only about academic advising, as I am also a member of Senate Executive Committee and thus may be able to be useful to you in other ways as well. 

Will registration continue via the normal process? Will the registration calendar change?

  • There are currently no planned changes to the registration calendar.  If changes are made, I will inform you through an email – stay tuned.

Registration holds: Will these be placed? When?

  • Each department makes its own determination about whether holds are placed that require students to obtain advising prior to registration (including both the regular advising hold and the separate hold for CA Promise). Each department will be asked whether it would like to make any changes to its requests for registration holds in the upcoming advising period, given the special circumstances. Please stay in touch with your department chair to determine how registration holds will be handled in your department in Spring 2020. 

How will forms and petitions, which require paper signatures, be handled during these special circumstances?

  • Administrative leaders are working on email approval processes. If / when changes are made, I will communicate with you via email – stay tuned.

How will students requests for withdrawals from courses in Spring 2020 be handled during these special circumstances?

  • Administrative leaders are exploring options for students who may be making such requests as courses change their modalities of instruction. Please note that withdrawals have financial aid implications if students fall below full-time status. If changes are made, I will communicate with you via email – stay tuned.

Useful resources for advisors: 

  • An easy to sort FAQ for Advisors, including an explanation of catalogue rights, CA Promise, and other questions 
  • Supported recommendations, by major, for students completing GE B4 requirement 

Dr. Keith Nainby
Faculty Director for Advising and Learning Cohorts
Professor, Department of Communication Studies