For reference, please see the checklist for first-year and transfer advising detailed below.
As a reminder from the Advising Syllabus, advisors are expected to:
• Assist students in understanding degree requirements articulated in the Course Catalog
• Assist students in selecting courses for exploration and pursuit of intellectual interests
• Assist students in monitoring academic progress through degree requirements
• Check in with students regarding academic difficulties (e.g., conditional enrollment, progress reports)
• Support students in defining and re-defining their goals and priorities
• Encourage students to remain open to opportunities, flexible to change and resilient to travail
• Recommend campus resources to students based on their questions, needs and concerns
1. Read through the First Things First guide. Please note the following sections in particular:
• Orientation tasks (pages 2-3)
• Degree requirements (4)
• Academic divisions/departments, interdisciplinary programs (5)
• Schedule change deadlines (6-8)
• Honesty in academic work (8)
• Academic resources (9-11)
• Starting points for first-years/introductory courses (12-13)
2.Read the Orientation Schedule 2018.
3. Stay connected with your Orientation Leader (OL) and faculty mentee/mentor/partner over the summer. Discuss how you’d like to approach the group advising meeting. Do you have a spiel? Do you want to tag-team? Make sure your OL knows what your concerns might be. Do you want your OL to do some reconnaissance with your advisees? Do you want your OL to focus on registration logistics so you can focus on big picture? How can your OL support you and your advising style/efforts?
4. Reach out to your advisees after you receive your list of names. (Admissions materials, academic transcripts and Personal Data Forms will be uploaded to Nolij as they become available.) All students have active Kenyon email addresses at this point. If you wish to answer questions, please feel free to do so. If you wish to have your OLs answer questions, please let them know. Most importantly, please remind (and/or have your OLs remind) students to:
• Review the First-Year Students section of the Academic Advising webpage. A guide to helping them build their first schedule has been added, as well as links to the First Things First guide, useful introductory courses, and general registration advice.
• Review the Advising Syllabus, the First Things First guide and departmental websites to familiarize themselves with basic advising, degree and departmental information.
• Submit and/or re-submit AP/IB scores and take all relevant placement/proficiency exams during Orientation to obtain applicable credit and/or know appropriate placement.
• Log in and bookmark courses of interest on the Searchable Schedule so advisors can see what they’re considering for their first semester.
• Attend department presentations – to get exposure to departments and faculty in a wide range of disciplines/fields. Consider opportunities to engage with new and unfamiliar content.
• Review the Academic Calendar and use the Google Calendar option – to stay on top of course enrollment and other important deadlines for the academic year.
5. Regarding fall semester course loads, incoming students should generally be taking no more than 2.00-2.25 units. In addition to this being a typical load, it’s important to consider the amount of time that incoming students will need in terms of overall adjustment to college life.
6. Regarding fall semester course selections, make sure to have students consider the following factors in putting together a reasonable and balanced course list:
• 10-12 courses of interest (to mix and match based on course availability)
• Timing of courses (morning vs. afternoon vs. evening, during lunch or practice, MWF vs. TR vs. other)
• Length of courses (shorter vs. longer)
• Size & type of courses (“large” lecture vs. “small” seminar vs. lab course)
• Qualitative vs. quantitative coursework (reading/writing vs. numbers)
• Familiarity with course content (previous exposure vs. limited awareness)
• Level of coursework (introductory vs. advanced)
• Type of assessments (quizzes & exams vs. papers & projects)
• Application toward degree & major/minor/concentration requirements
7. Please emphasize that students should reach out to you, their OL, their course faculty (especially during office hours), the Registrar’s Office, the Advising Office and all other campus resources including Library & Information Services (LBIS), Student Accessibility & Support Services (SASS), the Math & Sciences Skills Center (MSSC), the Writing Center, the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI), the Center for Global Engagement (CGE), the Health Center, the Counseling Center, Residential Life, New Student Programs, and the Dean of Students Office for academic and non-academic support throughout their time at Kenyon.