Developmental Advising Program


 

Goals of The Program
Overview of Program
Student, Advisor, and Mentor Responsibilities
Advising Benchmarks

Goals of the Program

In an effort to assist Biology and Microbiology majors in the development of a successful career path, the Biology Department Advising Center has implemented a Developmental Advising Program. A Developmental Advising program “…focuses on advising as a developmental process akin to teaching rather than a clerical function of scheduling courses and reviewing degree requirements. In this model, academic advising is an integral part of the academic mission of the institution, is student centered and concerned about the student’s total educational development, and encourages students to share responsibility for advising.” (Tuttle, 2000) The goal of the Biology Department Developmental Advising Program is to not only provide students with information on degree requirements, but also to develop closer advising and mentoring relationships with each student and provide guidance and direction with their academic and career planning. It is believed that these efforts will provide the support necessary for more Biology and Microbiology majors to remain in the program and graduate in a timely manner.

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Overview of Program

The Biology Department Developmental Advising Program consists of two primary components; advising and mentoring. Biology and Microbiology majors will meet with (1) the Biology Department Advising Center to discuss their degree plan, and (2) meet with their Faculty Mentor to discuss their career plans.

New Majors
Freshman, transfer students, and newly declared Biology and Microbiology majors will be required to meet with the Advising Center and with their Faculty Mentor during each semester of their first year. A registration hold will be placed on each student to prohibit them from registering for the next semester until they have met with both the Advising Center and a Faculty Mentor.

Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
Sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be required to meet with the Biology Department Advising Center once per academic year and meet with their Faculty Mentor once per academic year. Registration holds will be placed on sophomores, juniors, and seniors only in the fall semester to prohibit them from registering for the subsequent spring semester.


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Student, Advisor, and Mentor Responsibilities

The following lists of student, advisor, and mentor responsibilities were taken from the NMSU College of Arts and Science Advising Manual. Responsibilities written in italics have been added as part of the Biology Department Developmental Advising Program.

Students are expected to:
• know the degree requirements of the University, college, and your major, as listed in the Undergraduate Catalog
• be familiar with university academic regulations as listed in the Undergraduate Catalog and Student Handbook
• consult with their academic advisor each semester about their degree plan and career goals
• follow registration procedures as listed in university publications
• keep track of their own progress towards the degree and notify the Dean’s Office of any discrepancy noted between university records and their own
• be familiar with the academic calendar for such information as drop/add deadlines, registration dates, and the final exam schedule.
• meet with the Biology Advising Center at least once per academic year to discuss their degree plan (new majors will meet in each of their first two semesters)
• supply the Biology Advising Center with a copy of their STAR degree audit once per academic year
• meet with their Faculty Mentor at least once per academic year to discuss career plans q(new majors will meet in each of their first two semesters)

The Biology Department Advising Center will:
• be available to listen to students’ concerns and maintain confidentiality
• correctly interpret degree and major requirements
• provide accurate information about University regulations, policies, and procedures
• provide guidance in the student’s choice of classes and career plans
• be willing to listen to students’ concerns and convey a sense of understanding
• refer students to appropriate campus resources as needed
• assist students in monitoring their degree progress and in keeping their academic records accurate
• meet with each Biology and Microbiology major at least once per academic year
• instruct students in the use of the STAR degree audit system
• identify and contact incoming freshmen to provide them with advising information
• sponsor career development workshops and/or seminar series
• supply Faculty Mentors with current lists of their students at the beginning of each semester
• supply Faculty Mentors with information on student progress such as poor performance on the first exam(s) in BIOL 111 and BIOL 211, academic warning, or academic probation.

Faculty Mentors should:
• be available to listen to students’ concerns and maintain confidentiality
• provide guidance in the student’s choice of classes and career plans
• be willing to listen to students’ concerns and convey a sense of understanding
• refer students to appropriate campus resources as needed
• meet with each of their freshmen students and newly declared majors during each of the students first two semester to discuss career plans.
• meet with their sophomore, junior, and senior students at least once per academic year to discuss career plans

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Advising Benchmarks

For success in their academic program and future career, a student should be planning ahead for each step of the process. Many students do not realize the steps they should be taking for success. This Developmental Advising Program assists students by establishing benchmarks for each year of their academic program.

Freshman Benchmarks
- learning the degree requirements for the University, college, and their major
- learning to use the STAR degree audit system

Sophomore Benchmarks
- identifying research and/or internship opportunities suited to their interests and career plans
- beginning to identify upper-division course work suited to their interests and career plans

Junior Benchmarks
- investigate post-bacchelaureate opportunities such as graduate or professional school
- make plans for taking standardized tests such as GRE or MCAT

Senior Benchmarks
- register with Career and Placement Services
- proceed toward professional/grad school with applications, testing, etc

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