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2018 News Fall Registration Begins Soon
March 23, 2018 : Academic Advising: What Is Your Role?


It’s advising week at Ohio University and faculty and staff are waiting the help you!


Advising week is the week before registration when most of the University academic advisors set aside time to advise as many students as possible before their registration opens for fall classes. That’s right! Your academic advisor cares about your education and wants to help you get on the right path toward graduation. Registration dates for each semester are listed by accessing the academic calendars here. For the 2018-19 academic year, advising week begins Mon., Mar. 26, 2018 and priority registration begins Apr. 2. Students were emailed the day and time of their registration but can also find it and their advisor information in their Student Center.


In support of advising week, the Hilltopper Advising Center is organizing a “How to read your DARS” session Mar. 27-29 from 3-4 p.m. in the Advising Center. Students who attend the session can expect to be introduced to the DARS layout, terminology, and symbols of the DARS. An explanation of the graduation and general education requirements will also be covered. In addition, students will also receive a walk-through of how to login and navigate the online DARS portal. A nice by product of the workshop is the other questions and conversations that take place about academic and University related topics.  


If you’re still wondering why it’s important to learn how to read a DARS report. It’s because ultimately, knowing a degree’s requirements is the student’s responsibility! The DARS even states it. Since it’s likely the most valuable, rigorous, and expensive endeavor they will ever take on, outside of purchasing a home, students should want to know the specifics of what they have chosen to pursue. Students need to be well informed about the most important investment they will make. In a practical sense, advisors aren’t available at every hour, of every day, and we know students explore and question degree requirements when advisors aren’t available. So, being able to find and answer their own questions about their degrees is beneficial.   


Did you know that it is essential in a student’s success if they have an academic advisor who takes a vested approach in their academics? It’s because every student needs an advocate to support them in the pursuit of their educational goals. The relationship between advisor and student is one that is based on knowledge and advice, but also includes accountability and encouragement. On a small campus like OU Chillicothe, the faculty advisor takes on an even more important role for the student because the faculty advisor sees the student both in and out of classroom. What better advocate to have, but one that has succeeded at the same journey and knows the skills/abilities or challenges of the student? We want students to take advantage of this important resource.


With summer semester around the corner, it’s also important to address the fact that students can benefit significantly by taking a summer course. Taking 15-17 weeks off over summer break can cause students to lose skills they have worked hard to gain through the academic year. It’s often referred to as “summer slide”. Some students use summer to catch up whereas others take one “difficult” class to which they need to devote extra energy. We have other students that just want to get finished with their degree as quickly as they can. Changes in federal financial aid may add funding for summer session courses, so we encourage students to talk to their advisors and the Financial Aid Office to discuss their options.


Talk with your advisor today!