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Advising Basics

Students should familiarize themselves with the information listed here. The information is comprised of common advising questions, advisors are asked on a daily basis.

  1. About the Office of Undergraduate Student Services (UGSS)
  2. GPA Calculator
  3. Orientation
  4. Declaring a Major and/or Minor in EHE
  5. Dual Degrees & Double Majors
  6. Honors Students
  7. Academic Status
  8. Transfer Credit
  9. Academic Advising Appointments
  10. Returning to Ohio State
  11. Applying for Graduation
  12. Campus Resources/Important Contacts

About Academic Advising

Academic advising is a professional partnership between a student and an academic advisor. Both parties should be investing in the relationship. The academic advisor exists to help the student navigate their journey through higher education and assist with struggles along the way. It is important for the student to stay up-to-date with current policies, deadlines, and paperwork.  Meeting with an academic advisor on a regular basis will help ensure the student is meeting those responsibilities. This relationship is new for many students. The Undergraduate Student Services (UGSS) office has created an Advising Syllabus to aid students in understand the responsibilities and expectations for each party.

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Objectives of Academic Advising

Advisor Objectives

Academic advisors are professionals who have prepared and chosen this career path. We are dedicated professionals who want nothing more than to see you mature, succeed and accomplish your education goals.

We will do the following to facilitate that journey:

  • Offer daily appointment meeting times.
  • Be available for Express Advising.
  • Answer email questions in a professional and timely manner.
  • Provide guidance for scheduling, major decision.

Student Expectations

The advising relationship only works when both people involved do their part. It is important for students to understand that their academic advisor will do his/her best to "coach" you through this academic experience; however, he/she will not do everything for the student. A great advisor will provide you with information, resources and choices. It is then up to the student to make good decisions regarding their academic endeavors.

Students should do the following at a minimum to complete their journey successfully:

  • See academic advisor regularly (at least once per semester).
  • Come to advising appointments prepared with questions, documentation, etc.
  • If the student is unable to attend their appointment, simply call and cancel. "No Show" appointments are documented.
  • Utilize DARS (degree audit) to track academic progress. The academic journey is a partnership and we are utilizing the same resource.

Email Etiquette

Email is the primary form of communication used not only within the College of Education and Human Ecology, but at The Ohio State University as well. Students are expected to check their Ohio State email accounts regularly, as most important communication will be sent via email. Please keep in mind the following:

  • Use email for quick questions only. If the response to an email will take the academic advisor longer than 1-2 minutes to answer, the student should schedule an appointment or stop by during express advising.
  • Include a greeting at the beginning of emails, we like that and it’s polite! Be sure to include the proper professional salutation…Mr., Mrs., Dr., etc.
  • Many of the academic advisors have multiple responsibilities. Providing a subject will allow the advisor to know immediately what the email is regarding.
  • Please use complete sentences. Do not compose emails in the same manner that you would compose a text or tweet. Not only is this inappropriate for an academic setting, it sends the message that the student doesn't have respect or just doesn't know any better.
  • Be sure to include first name and your lastname.# in your closing. If the question asked requires academic advisors to review the student in the system, they need to be able to do so.  Also, it is possible that academic advisors have more than one student with the same name, we want to ensure we are on the right page.
  • Allow the recipient a minimum of 24 hours before calling or emailing to follow-up. Faculty and staff have multiple responsibilities and aren't always able to check their email 24 hours per day.
  • Be cautious of the information included in emails and consider your environment. Email communication can be a part of a student’s academic record. Any information students disclose is considered a formal means of communication.