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Sample Advising Syllabus

Advising Syllabus

(Name and title)
XXX Building
814-86X-XXXX
XXXX@psu.edu

You will learn how to:

  • Confirm the major that is a best "fit" for you
  • Plan and execute an appropriate educational plan: curricular and co-curricular
  • Develop and implement a career and experiential learning plan
  • Evaluate your personal progress throughout your educational career

You can expect me to:

  • Help you understand the University's academic programs, policies, and procedures
  • Discuss ways you can define and achieve your educational goals
  • Help you plan your academic program and schedule appropriate courses
  • Refer you to other resources when appropriate

I will expect you to:

  • Schedule and attend advising appointments
  • Prepare for appointments with printed degree audits and listed topics for discussion
  • Meet with me at least once a semester
  • Take responsibility for your educational decisions

Required resources for the first year

When should you make an appointment with me?

  • At least once a semester to discuss your progress and plan the next semester's schedule
  • When you have academic concerns or questions

How should you contact me?

Appointments

  • Please cancel if you can't make it.
  • Scheduled in advance; meetings are 45 minutes, M-F, 8:30-4:00 excluding the noon hour
  • Schedule as many appointments as necessary
  • Prepare for the meeting:
    • What did you do to prepare for the discussion?
    • What do you want to accomplish in the meeting?

Appointment Scheduling

  • Fall or spring: Make an appointment by XXXX
  • Summer: Call my staff assistant at 814-86X-XXXX. Phone appointments are available in the summer if you are not on campus. Have your PSU ID number ready.

E-mail for short questions that require a short answer: XXXX@psu.edu

  • Use your PSU account and your full name
  • Use a clear subject line, such as "AP exam credit"
  • Don't be too casual. Proofread and spell check!
  • Expect a reply but not an immediate one!

Advising Agenda: Fall Semester (1 st Semester)

Week Activity
1-2
Last day to drop course:
Last day to add course:
Assess your schedule; email me if you want to discuss at XXXX@psu.edu.
3-4 Are you beginning to struggle in courses? Go to the Academic Success Website or Penn State Learning for help. Email me if you want to discuss at XXXX@psu.edu.
10 Make an appointment with me to discuss your next schedule. Prepare for your appointment .
12
Late drop deadline:
Assess your grades and determine if you need to late drop a course (if you will most likely receive less than a "C" in the course). Late drop using LionPATH. Email me if you want to discuss before the deadline at XXXX@psu.edu.
13-15 Begin to explore educational opportunities outside the classroom at Get Involved . Email me if you want to discuss at XXXX@psu.edu.

Advising Agenda: Spring Semester (2 nd Semester)

Week Activity
1-2
Last day to drop course:
Last day to add course:
Assess your schedule; email me if you want to discuss at XXXX@psu.edu.
6-7 Run and print a degree audit and the Recommended Academic Plan for your intended major(s) and review requirements. Email me if you want to discuss at XXXX@psu.edu.
8-9 Make an appointment with me to discuss your next schedule. Prepare for your appointment .
10-11 Finalize plans for summer coursework, jobs, etc. Email me if you want to discuss at XXXX@psu.edu.
12
Late drop deadline:
Assess your grades and determine if you need to late drop a course (if you will most likely receive less than a "C" in the course). Late drop using LionPATH. Email me if you want to discuss before the deadline at XXXX@psu.edu.
By April 30 Apply for College of Agricultural Sciences scholarship .

Advising Agenda: Fall Semester (3 rd Semester)

Week Activity
1-2
Last day to drop course:
Last day to add course:
Assess your schedule; email me if you want to discuss at XXXX@psu.edu.
3-4 Research study abroad opportunities . Meet with Ketja Lingenfelter to discuss options, application deadlines and funding opportunities.
5 Explore minor and research options.
6-7 Run and print a degree audit and the Recommended Academic Plan for your intended major(s) and review requirements. Email me if you want to discuss at XXXX@psu.edu.
8 Attend College of Agricultural Sciences Career Day to obtain internship and career information.
8-9 Make an appointment with me to discuss your next schedule and the entrance to major process. Prepare for your appointment .
10-11 Explore options for summer coursework, jobs, study abroad, research, etc. Email me if you want to discuss at XXXX@psu.edu.
12
Late drop deadline:
Assess your grades and determine if you need to late drop a course (if you will most likely receive less than a "C" in the course). Late drop using LionPATH . Email me if you want to discuss before the deadline at XXXX@psu.edu.

Advising Agenda: Spring Semester (4 th Semester)

Week Activity
1-2
Last day to drop course:
Last day to add course:
Assess your schedule; email me if you want to discuss at XXXX@psu.edu.
3-4 Confirm your choice of major on the "Major Preferences" module of LionPATH by the deadline.
5 - 15 Continue to explore minor and research options as well as study abroad and internships . Follow up with resources and contacts associated with your interests.
6-7 Run and print a degree audit and the Recommended Academic Plan for your intended major(s) and review requirements. Email me if you want to discuss at XXXX@psu.edu.
8-9 Make an appointment with me to discuss your next schedule and the entrance to major process. Prepare for your appointment .
10-11 Finalize plans for summer coursework, jobs, study abroad, research, etc. Email me if you want to discuss at XXXX@psu.edu.
12
Late drop deadline:
Assess your grades and determine if you need to late drop a course (if you will most likely receive less than a "C" in the course). Late drop using LionPATH . Email me if you want to discuss before the deadline at XXXX@psu.edu.
By April 30 Apply for College of Agricultural Sciences scholarship .

Advising Agenda: Fall Semester (5 th Semester)

Week Activity
1-2
Last day to drop course:
Last day to add course:
Assess your schedule; email me if you want to discuss at XXXX@psu.edu.
6-7 Run and print a degree audit and the Recommended Academic Plan for your intended major(s) and review requirements. Email me if you want to discuss at XXXX@psu.edu.
8 Attend College of Agricultural Sciences Career Day to obtain internship and career information.
8-9 Make an appointment with me to discuss your next schedule. Prepare for your appointment .
10-11 Explore options for summer coursework, jobs, study abroad, research, etc. Email me if you want to discuss at XXXX@psu.edu.
12
Late drop deadline:
Assess your grades and determine if you need to late drop a course (if you will most likely receive less than a "C" in the course). Late drop using LionPATH . Email me if you want to discuss before the deadline at XXXX@psu.edu.

Advising Agenda: Spring Semester (6 th Semester)

Week Activity
1-2
Last day to drop course:
Last day to add course:
Assess your schedule; email me if you want to discuss at XXXX@psu.edu.
5 - 15 Begin to explore career options. Is graduate or professional school of interest? Are there entrance exams to register and study for? Visit the AgSci Career Network to explore posted jobs. Email me to discuss at XXXX@psu.edu.
6-7 Run and print a degree audit and the Recommended Academic Plan for your intended major(s) and review requirements. Email me if you want to discuss at XXXX@psu.edu.
8-9 Make an appointment with me to discuss your next schedule. Prepare for your appointment .
10-11 Finalize plans for summer coursework, jobs, study abroad, research, etc. Email me if you want to discuss at XXXX@psu.edu.
12
Late drop deadline:
Assess your grades and determine if you need to late drop a course (if you will most likely receive less than a "C" in the course). Late drop using LionPATH . Email me if you want to discuss before the deadline at XXXX@psu.edu.
By April 30 Apply for College of Agricultural Sciences scholarship .

Advising Agenda: Fall Semester (7 th Semester)

Week Activity
1-2
Last day to drop course:
Last day to add course:
Assess your schedule; email me if you want to discuss at XXXX@psu.edu.
5-15 Finalize your plan to reach your career goals. Get your resume and cover letter critiqued by a career services expert; practice your interviewing skills; research companies and organizations to contact for employment or further education.
6-7 Run and print a degree audit and the Recommended Academic Plan for your intended major(s) and review requirements. Email me if you want to discuss at XXXX@psu.edu.
8 Attend College of Agricultural Sciences Career Day to obtain career information.
8-9 Make an appointment with me to discuss your future and your next schedule. Prepare for your appointment .
12
Late drop deadline:
Assess your grades and determine if you need to late drop a course (if you will most likely receive less than a "C" in the course). Late drop using LionPATH . Email me if you want to discuss before the deadline at XXXX@psu.edu.

Advising Agenda: Spring Semester (8 th Semester)

Week Activity
1-2
Last day to drop course:
Last day to add course:
Assess your schedule; email me if you want to discuss at XXXX@psu.edu.
3 Complete the "Graduating this semester" module on LionPATH by the deadline.
1-15 Apply for jobs and/or graduate programs.
6-7 Run and print a degree audit and the Recommended Academic Plan for your intended major(s) and review requirements. Email me if you want to discuss at XXXX@psu.edu.
8-9 Make an appointment with me to discuss your future.
12
Late drop deadline:
Assess your grades and determine if you need to late drop a course (if you will most likely receive less than a "C" in the course). Late drop using LionPATH . Email me if you want to discuss before the deadline at XXXX@psu.edu.
13-15 Complete the College's Sr. Exit Survey. Plan your graduation celebration.
16 Graduate. Congratulations!