ACADEMIC ADVISING & SUCCESS

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Academic advising is a process where students and their academic advisers meet periodically to discuss progress, plans, ideas, and needs as the student pursues academic and career goals. These meetings provide a time when students may talk with advisers who are knowledgeable about available resources to aid student progress. Students are assigned advisers based on area(s) of interest at the time of registration. Students who declare more than one major are assigned advisers in each major. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisers during the year to discuss academic progress, problems, or educational and career goals. Students may request a change of adviser by filling out the appropriate form available at the Pathways Center or Registrar’s Office, obtaining the necessary signatures, and filing the form with the Registrar’s Office.

Students (advisees) should:

  • Be familiar with the Academic Catalog and be knowledgeable about Wartburg College policies, procedures, and requirements; know what is required for them to maintain good academic standing
  • Check Wartburg e-mail regularly for campus communications
  • Make and keep appointments with advisers at least once each term
  • Prepare for meetings with advisers. Create lists of questions or concerns. Ask until they understand. Follow up on adviser recommendations
  • Know which courses are required in their program of study
  • Work with a Pathways Peer Adviser to plan a tentative schedule of courses BEFORE meeting with advisers when preparing for registration
  • Learn to access grade information on My.Wartburg
  • Accept responsibility for and consequences of their academic decisions (about course selection, withdrawal, choice of adviser, requesting special accommodations, etc.)
  • Keep personal records of progress toward graduation. Bring their records to advising appointments

Advisers, together with the Office of the Registrar, exercise all possible care in checking students’ records for graduation. However, it is the sole responsibility of the student to fulfill all requirements for a degree. Advisers may provide advice and referrals related to academic, career, and life concerns. The Pathways Center, located in theVogel Library, top floor, provides information on working effectively with your academic adviser and on support services. Services located within the Pathways Center include: Academic Advising (especially for those exploring major options), Career Services, Testing Services, Counseling Services, Supplemental Instruction, First-YearExperience, and Spiritual Direction.

Academic Advisers should:

  • Be familiar with College policies and requirements as outlined in the catalog, Schedule of Courses, relevant departmental materials, and the on-line advising manual; know what is required for students to maintain good academic standing
  • Maintain a reasonable number of office hours as outlined in the faculty handbook
  • Help students explore a variety of possible majors and make appropriate major choices
  • Help students plan their academic programs
  • Provide honest, realistic, sensitive feedback on students’ performance
  • Offer students information on curricular options such as Wartburg West, Venture Education, internships, and other special programs
  • Help students evaluate graduate school and career choices
  • Know about and make referrals to support services as appropriate
  • Maintain accurate records of meetings with advisees  

Advisers, together with the Office of the Registrar, exercise all possible care in checking students’ records for graduation. However, it is the sole responsibility of the student to fulfill all requirements for a degree. Advisers may provide advice and referrals related to academic, career, and life concerns. The Pathways Center, located in theVogel Library, top floor, provides information on working effectively with your academic adviser and on support services. Services located within the Pathways Center include: Academic Advising (especially for those exploring major options), Career Services, Testing Services, Counseling Services, Supplemental Instruction, First-YearExperience, and Spiritual Direction.

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Academic Success Resources

Use the tabs of resources below to improve your skills and maximize your performance.

Goal setting is probably something you already do naturally, but it’s worth spending time learning how to set effective, SMART goals that can help you maximize academic success and achieve other life ambitions.

The following resources provide tips on how to recall more information from your lectures through active listening and purposeful note taking.

These resources are designed to help you understand reading as an activity and help you become a more efficient and effective reader.

Below are some useful tips and strategies to help you with your studying.

Apps: Mind Shift | Study Blue

Time is one of our most important resources. Effective time management is a skill most people need to make the most out of their personal and professional lives. To a college student, it can make the difference between a mediocre and a superior performance.

According to the Mayo Clinic, stress management allows you to reset your alarm system. It can help your mind and body adapt (resilience). Without it, your body might always be on high alert. Over time, chronic stress can lead to serious health problems.

STAFF CONTACTS

Jessica Herrmeyer

Pathway Center Assistant Director

Veronica Reece

Pathways Center Assistant Director (Advising, Vocation, Mentoring, & Careers)