November 26, 2018
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For reference, please see the checklist for first-year and transfer advising detailed below.
As a reminder from the Advising Syllabus, advisors are expected to:
• Assist students in understanding degree requirements articulated in the Course Catalog
• Assist students in selecting courses for exploration and pursuit of intellectual interests
• Assist students in monitoring academic progress through degree requirements
• Check in with students regarding academic difficulties (e.g., conditional enrollment, progress reports)
• Support students in defining and re-defining their goals and priorities
• Encourage students to remain open to opportunities, flexible to change and resilient to travail
• Recommend campus resources to students based on their questions, needs and concerns
1. Read through the First Things First guide. Please note the following sections in particular:
• Orientation tasks (pages 2-3)
• Degree requirements (4)
• Academic divisions/departments, interdisciplinary programs (5)
• Schedule change deadlines (6-8)
• Honesty in academic work (8)
• Academic resources (9-11)
• Starting points for first-years/introductory courses (12-13)
3. Please read this selection of 2018 orientation events with advising and academic involvement. Bold events indicate required advisor presence.
4. Stay connected with your Orientation Leader (OL) and faculty mentee/mentor/partner over the summer. Discuss how you’d like to approach the group advising meeting. Do you have a spiel? Do you want to tag-team? Make sure your OL knows what your concerns might be. Do you want your OL to do some reconnaissance with your advisees? Do you want your OL to focus on registration logistics so you can focus on big picture? How can your OL support you and your advising style/efforts?
5. Reach out to your advisees after you receive your list of names. (Admissions materials, academic transcripts and Personal Data Forms are available in Etrieve.) All students have active Kenyon email addresses at this point. If you wish to answer questions, please feel free to do so. If you wish to have your OLs answer questions, please let them know. Most importantly, please remind (and/or have your OLs remind) students to:
6. Regarding fall semester course loads, incoming students should generally be taking no more than 2.00-2.25 units. In addition to this being a typical load, it’s important to consider the amount of time that incoming students will need in terms of overall adjustment to college life.
7. Regarding fall semester course selections, make sure to have students consider the following factors in putting together a reasonable and balanced course list:
• 10-12 courses of interest (to mix and match based on course availability)
• Timing of courses (morning vs. afternoon vs. evening, during lunch or practice, MWF vs. TR vs. other)
• Length of courses (shorter vs. longer)
• Size & type of courses (“large” lecture vs. “small” seminar vs. lab course)
• Qualitative vs. quantitative coursework (reading/writing vs. numbers)
• Familiarity with course content (previous exposure vs. limited awareness)
• Level of coursework (introductory vs. advanced)
• Type of assessments (quizzes and exams vs. papers and projects)
• Application toward degree and major/minor/concentration requirements
8. Please emphasize that students should reach out to you, their OL, their course faculty (especially during office hours), the Registrar’s Office, the Advising Office and all other campus resources including Library and Information Services (LBIS), Student Accessibility and Support Services (SASS), the Math and Sciences Skills Center (MSSC), the Writing Center, the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI), the Center for Global Engagement (CGE), the Health Center, the Counseling Center, Residential Life, New Student Programs, and the Dean of Students Office for academic and non-academic support throughout their time at Kenyon.