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ACADEMIC ADVISING HANDBOOK - ADVISING PROCESS AT MISSOURI S&T
UNDERGRADUATE ADVISING OFFICE MISSION STATEMENT:
The Undergraduate Advising Office serves the campus by developing and implementing advising standards and procedures for the purpose of enabling all students to achieve educational life goals.
PREVIEW, REGISTRATION, AND ORIENTATION (PRO)
The PRO day is designed to complete the logistical aspects of enrollment for a student’s first semester at Missouri S&T. Students will begin the day by taking both the Missouri Math Placement Test (MMPT) and the Missouri S&T Trig Placement Test. That afternoon, each student will meet with a faculty advisor in their chosen field to review their scores and select their courses for the upcoming semester. After the advising process is completed, students will visit the registrar’s office to complete enrollment.
ACADEMIC PLACEMENT: During PRO, all new students take Missouri S&T’s mathematics placement tests to assist in selecting appropriate fall classes. Students are encouraged to review algebra and trigonometry prior to their PRO session. Sample math exams at the Brain Trax web site are also offered to students. Student scores are reviewed by a math department faculty member in relation to high school transcripts, college course work, and national achievement test results. Students whose degree requires calculus and are currently enrolled in high school algebra or trigonometry are encouraged to attend sessions in either early April or June, in order to allow them more time with the material prior to testing. Math advisors are available at each PRO session to talk with students who dispute their placement.
COURSE SELECTION AND ADVISING: Advising with a faculty member will enable students to select appropriate courses, review academic policies, and degree requirements. Advisors will also select the Academic Workshop for Opening Week Orientation that best meets the students’ needs. All placements scores will be provided to advisors prior to the advising session along with a high school transcript, any AP (Advanced Placement Program), CLEP ( College-Level Examination Program) or other college credit that the student has completed or is enrolled in. Each faculty advisor will advise multiple students in the afternoon and will be provided with upperclassmen volunteers.
OPENING WEEK WORKSHOP: Students sign-up for their Opening Week Academic Workshop while registering for their courses on their PRO day. There are 5 non-credit workshops available and one available for credit. Students can participate in the Introduction to Laboratory Safety & Hazardous Materials workshop and receive credit for CHEM 4. The Problem-Solving Workshop is required for all Math 2 & Math 3 students or students with a MMPT (Missouri Mathematics Placement Test) score between 21 and 23. It is optional for students with MMPT score between 24 and 27. Students who have been assigned to the Trig Review need to sign up for and successfully complete the Trig Review or take a course in trigonometry to satisfy the calculus perquisite. Students also have the option to participate in skill-building workshops, such as the Power of Communication Workshop, College Program for Success or Leadership the Miner Way. Students can only participate in one of the Opening Week Workshops.
The Freshman Engineering Program is defined by a set of courses along with several advisors and instructors who work with engineering freshmen. The goal of the Freshman Engineering Program is to provide each new engineering student with the resources needed to be successful during the first year on campus. As an engineering freshman at Missouri S&T, they will work toward completion of the courses included in the common freshman year and also acquire information that will help them select a major and career.
Once students have been accepted by a department, they will be assigned a new advisor. There will be many times in a student’s academic career when it is important that he/she consult with an advisor. Throughout a student’s academic career, the advisor and student will discuss academic progress and career considerations. Problems that affect a student’s academic performance should be discussed with the advisor. He or she can provide help to resolve academic performance problems or direct the student to resources on campus. And of course, the two will need to select courses during pre-registration periods.
UNDERGRADUATE ADVISING OFFICE
Students who are undecided about a major will be advised by the Undergraduate Advising Office until they have decided on a major and have been accepted by a department. Students who become academically deficient and are denied readmission by their department have the opportunity to be advised in the Undergraduate Advising Office. Advisors work with deficient students by developing a contractual agreement that will put them on track toward academic success and readmission to their department.