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The Advisor

ACADEMIC ADVISING IN THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
Submitted by Michael T. Bila, Assistant Dean for Student Services

 Academic Advisor Lori McQuade meets with first year students 

CoB freshmen in Peer Mentor Adam Maxwell's (far right) FEP group get to know each other during Freshmen Opening Weekend.


The College of Business (CoB) employs a supplemental advising model that effectively utilizes the abilities of professional academic advisors and faculty advisors. The advising program acknowledges the different advising needs of first-year, transfer, and upper class students as well as the different skills faculty and professional advisors bring to the advising process. It assumes that not every student needs the same level of academic advising each quarter, but that every student should have easy access to reliable academic advising information.

Academic Advising for Freshmen

Freshmen in the College of Business participate in academic advising through three required activities administered through the CoB Office of Student Services:

1) BA 100A/B Introduction to the College of Business I & II are required one credit-hour courses that meet weekly during the fall and winter quarters. For fifty minutes each week freshmen focus their attention on matters related to academic success. Topics include course selection and sequencing, academic policies, choosing a major, international experiences, student organizations, professional reading, résumé writing, etc. Also important is the weekly opportunity to have immediate access to a qualified academic advisor. These two courses are taught by the Assistant Dean for Student Services.

2) The Freshman Engagement Program (FEP) is a mentoring activity that creates relationships between small groups – generally seven to ten students – of business freshmen and one junior or senior business major who has received Peer Mentor training. Administered through the BA 100 courses, the FEP allows business freshmen to have ready access to an upper class student who has very recently walked the path that they themselves have only just started. A quick e-mail, cell phone call, or personal visit can access valuable information and perspective. Each FEP group is required to meet at least three times each quarter. The community that is created among each group can be helpful in easing the transition to university life.

3) Each freshman is assigned a Professional Academic Advisor from the CoB Office of Student Services. To ensure students receive individual assistance in scheduling their first year courses, freshmen are required (through BA 100A/B) to meet with their academic advisor during the fall and winter quarters in their FEP groups. DARS reports are distributed and discussed at these meetings. The small group interaction allows for plenty of discussion as each student’s scheduling situation is examined and recommendations are made. Following each small group meeting and throughout the freshman year, students are encouraged to meet individually with their academic advisor as needed. Special needs are typically discussed in private consultation.

In order that they can be assigned to a faculty advisor when they begin their sophomore year, undecided freshmen in the College of Business are told they must declare a major by the end of their freshman year. Failure to do so results in an "administrative hold" being placed on their records. The hold is removed once a major has been officially declared.

Academic Advising for Sophomore, Juniors, and Seniors

CoB sophomores, juniors, and seniors are assigned a faculty advisor who is a professor in their major. The majority of full-time faculty are assigned academic advisees. Faculty assume their advisees are well versed in general education and core-curriculum issues from the students having taken the BA 100A and BA 100B courses in their freshman year. While they welcome course-selection and scheduling questions, faculty advisors are best prepared to respond to questions related to upper-level course sequencing, internships, the selection of elective major courses, minors, and general professional development issues. Upper class students in the College of Business utilize the services of the Office of Student Servicesfor graduation audits and transfer of credit questions as well as general advising issues when their faculty advisor is unavailable or are unable to answer technical questions. DARS reports for sophomores, juniors, and seniors are distributed through the Office of Student Services upon presentation of a valid Ohio University ID.

Academic Advising for Transfer Students

Successful transfer applicants are admitted to the CoB during the summer quarter and are required to take a fall quarter seminar course, Introduction to the College of Business for Transfer Students. The one credit-hour course is an abbreviated version of the two required freshman courses. The academic advising material is similar with special attention paid to common transfer issues. Each transfer student is strongly urged to consult with the Office of Student Services to resolve transfer course issues before seeing their assigned faculty advisor. DARS reports for transfer students are distributed through the Office of Student Services upon presentation of a valid Ohio University ID.

Summary

The College of Business annually achieves the highest or second highest rate of freshman retention and four year graduation at Ohio University. These great results are due at least in part to the CoB selective admission requirements which bring a highly motivated student body into Copeland Hall. The academic advising program acknowledges the different advising needs of first-year, transfer, and upper class students as well as the different skills faculty, professional advisors, and peer mentors bring to the advising process. Questions about academic advising in the College of Business can be directed to
bila@ohio.edu.

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