Academic Advising Syllabus- general

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					                                       Academic Advising Syllabus
                                      College of Southern Maryland

General Information

                                                        Prince Frederick Campus
La Plata Campus
                                                        Location: Room 101J
Location: Administration Building (AD), Room 101
                                                        Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 AM-7:00 PM
Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 AM-7:00 PM           and Friday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
and Friday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
                                                        Walk-in Hours: Monday and Tuesday 10:00 AM-
Walk-in Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday            12:30 PM and 3:00 PM-6:30 PM
9:00 AM-12:30 PM and Tuesday and Thursday 3:00
PM-6:30 PM                                              Wednesday 10:00 AM-12:30 PM

Appointments: Call for availability                     Thursday 3:00 PM-6:30 PM

Phone: 301-934-7574                                     Friday 9:00 AM-12:30 PM

                                                        Phone: 443-550-6020
Leonardtown Campus

                                                        Waldorf Center
Location: C Building, Room 105

Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 AM-7:00 PM           Location: Waldorf Center for Higher Education,
and Friday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM                              Suite 1020

Walk-in Hours: Monday and Thursday 9:00 AM-             Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM-7:00 PM
1:00 PM and 3:00 PM-5:30 PM

                                                        Walk-in Hours: Thursday 12:30 PM-6:30 PM
Appointments: Call for availability

Phone: 240-725-5320                                     Appointments: Call for availability

                                                        Phone: 301-632-2900




Please note:
                          During peak advising times in August and January, advising is conducted
                          solely on a walk-in basis to address immediate admissions, planning, and
                          registration needs for the upcoming semester only.

                          Advisor duties are varied and multifaceted. Therefore we strongly
                          recommend students and interested community members call the office to
                          confirm walk-in days and times prior to their office visit.
Required Materials:     Your CSM student ID number, College of Southern Maryland Catalog, CSM
                        web site: www.csmd.edu , schedule of classes, StartSmart Orientation and
                        Registration packet, CSM Student Handbook

Other Resources:        Transfer Services, Career Services, Help Desk for Online Services access issues,
                        Testing Services, Disability Support, tutoring, library, Financial Assistance
                        advising, Business Office, College Store, Public Safety, Student Life activities,
                        Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).


Student Services Mission:
The College of Southern Maryland Student Services Department exists to provide both learning and
social opportunities that encourage and empower students to be self-aware, self-directed problem-solvers
and strategic planners to help them achieve personal and academic success.


Academic Advising Mission and Philosophy:
Academic advising at CSM collaborates with students to develop and implement meaningful educational
plans that are consistent with their life goals. Through personalized, developmental advising, students
and advisors work together to define educational, professional, and personal goals and to identify success
strategies to attain them.

This advisor/student partnership requires participation and involvement of both the advisor and you and is
built over your entire educational experience at CSM. Academic advisors will not “prescribe” answers or
programs to you; however, they will provide you with the information and access to resources you need in
order to make informed decisions regarding your educational experience and to achieve the goals you set
for yourself. You ultimately are responsible for decisions made regarding your academic career.
Expectations of Advisors:
You can expect your CSM academic advisor to:
    Be accessible to students through office hours, telephone, and e-mail
    Understand college policies and procedures, programs of study, and graduation requirements and
       effectively communicate them
    Provide a safe space in which to share your thoughts, aspirations, interests, and concerns
    Assist you in understanding the purposes and goals of higher education and its effects on your life
       and personal goals
    Provide you with information about and strategies for utilizing the available resources and
       services on campus
    Encourage and guide you as you gain the skills to develop clear and attainable educational plans
    Monitor and accurately document your progress toward meeting your goals
    Assist you in gaining decision-making skills and skills in assuming responsibility for your
       educational plans and achievements
    Maintain confidentiality
    Document any pertinent information from your interaction


Expectations of Advisees:
As a CSM student, your advisor expects you to:
     Schedule and keep regular appointments or make regular contact with an advisor for guidance on
       planning and goal-setting
     Come to each appointment prepared with questions or topics to discuss
     Gather any information through resources available to you to aid and facilitate in the advising
       discussion
     Accept responsibility for your decisions and actions
     Provide accurate information regarding your interests and abilities
     Ask questions if you do not understand an issue or have a specific concern
     Become knowledgeable about college programs, policies and procedures, and opportunities as
       appropriate
     Be open to developing and clarifying your personal values and goals
     Complete all assignments and recommendations from your advisor
     Keep a personal record of your progress toward meeting your goals
     Organize official documents in a way that will enable you to find them when you need them
     Conduct yourself in accordance with the CSM Student Code of Conduct
Academic Advising Outcomes:

By 15 credits a student should              Obtain his/her student ID card and know his/her
                                             student ID number
                                            Use the schedule of classes and catalog to plan
                                             course selection
                                            Take Student Success course(s) (STU 1010, 1030,
                                             1050 or 1090) if required or opt to take the course to
                                             build college success skills and strategies early
                                            Locate and use campus support services
                                            Manage time: balance school, family, work, and
                                             other responsibilities
                                            Understand college responsibilities, regulations, and
                                             procedures found in CSM Policies and Procedures
                                             and the Student Code of Conduct
By 30 credits a student should              Identify intended program of study (major)
                                            Know how to access transfer services
                                            Know where to obtain career-related information
By 45 credits a student should              Know requirements for graduation
                                            Be taking steps toward fulfilling transition plan
                                             (transfer or employment)
                                            Conduct a degree audit with an academic advisor
By 60 credits a student should              Have completed, or be close to completing, course
                                             requirements for graduation
                                            Apply for graduation
                                            Transition smoothly into identified goals (transfer or
                                             employment)

Note about credit registration:
Upon registration for the 18th and 36th credit, students will be prompted to conduct a program review with
an academic advisor (A18 and A36 credit holds). Until that review takes place, the student may be
prohibited from any online registration activities. All other online services will still be accessible.
Students are encouraged to plan early and take care of the credit holds before they embark on the
registration process.
Typical Annual Advising Calendar:

September                              Classes begin for Fall semester
                                       Fall Transfer Fair
                                       ** BEST TIME FOR ADVISING AND PLANNING
                                                APPOINTMENTS FOR SPRING **
                                             Plan to seek advisement between now and
                                                     late-October for best access
October                              Advance registration for Spring semester begins for
                                        returning students
                                     Last day to apply for January graduation to ensure
                                        participation in graduation ceremony
November                             Last day to withdraw without a grade or to change from
                                        credit to audit or audit to credit for Fall semester classes
                                     Registration for Spring semester begins for new students
                                     StartSmart Orientation and Registration sessions for new
                                        students begin and continue into December
                                    Advising availability not as plentiful as prior to this time
December                             Last day of classes for Fall semester
                                    Advising focus on Registration – planning appointments
                                                   not as plentiful at this time.
January                              Payment due in full for Spring semester advance
                                        registration
                                     Classes begin for Spring semester
February                               ** BEST TIME FOR ADVISING AND PLANNING
                                        APPOINTMENTS FOR SUMMER AND FALL **
                                             Plan to seek advisement between now and
                                                       late-April for best access
March                                Advance registration for Summer semester begins for
                                        returning students
                                     Priority deadline for next academic year’s financial aid
                                        application (March 1)
                                     Spring Transfer Fair
                                     Spring Break Transfer Tour
                                     Last day to apply for May graduation to ensure
                                        participation in graduation ceremony
                                     Registration for Summer semester begins for new students
                                     Last day to withdraw without a grade or to change from
                                        credit to audit or audit to credit for Spring semester
                                        classes
April                                Advance registration for Fall semester begins for
                                        returning students
May                                  Payment due in full for Summer semester advance
                                        registration
                                     Last day of classes for Spring semester
                                     Classes for Summer begin
June                                 StartSmart Orientation and Registration sessions for new
                                        students begin and continue into August
                                    Advising availability not as plentiful as prior to this time
July                                Advising focus on Registration – planning appointments
                                                   not as plentiful at this time.
August                               Payment due in full for Fall semester advance registration
                                     Last day of classes for Summer

				
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