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                    The Key To Success!

Dr. Ralph G. Anttonen                                   Presentation By:
                                                         Charles Garber
                                      Student Computer Consultant for the Exploratory Program
                Our Mission...
 Since 1986 the Exploratory Program has been directed by Dr.
   Ralph G. Anttonen. This program trains advisors from the
faculty and staff to guide Exploratory students. These advisors
  are skilled in advising techniques such as choosing a major,
 course selection, campus involvement, and campus services.
 The program has videos for every major on campus and also
   has an Improve My Performance Program (IMP) for those
students who are not achieving a grade point average of 2.00.
 The mission of this program is to get every student to select a
         major and graduate from Millersville University.
       What is the Exploratory Program?

The Exploratory Program is for students who are unsure about
what they want to major in. It allows students to explore various
   courses of study and to get a feel for what they might be
  interested in doing for a career. In addition the Exploratory
 Program provides assistance to those students that need it.
Exploratory Program Better than Ever:
 The Tree of Knowledge Extends Its

               Full Administrative Support
 Web Page Introduced allowing students unprecedented
     access to tools and information for all majors.
Student Workers and Access to a Secretary In the Building
                              What an Advisor does.
                        Advisors are our liaisons between students and
                           faculty. They help advise the students in
                            choosing classes or resolving issues.
A Good Advisor....
   • Is student-oriented i.e., he/she tries very hard to be available to students and sets up a schedule that allows
      them to come and meet with him or her.
   • Does not hurry through the advising session but listens and hears what the student is saying.

   • Makes the student feel comfortable by the arrangement of office, the use of sincere eye contact, and the
     attempt not to allow anything else interrupt the meeting

   • Conducts the session in private and does not allow his/her colleagues or other students to be present until
     there is need for others to be involved.

   • Always asks the student his/her opinion or solicits suggestions about what he/she would do or want to
     do about the situation or matter at hand.

   • Is not afraid to say, "I don't know," and is willing to help the student find an answer to a question by being
     knowledgeable about the campus resources.

  • Is willing to share the fact that advisors are human beings with interests outside campus life
                     Our Advisor Community
    Our Exploratory advisors come from all areas and levels of faculty and
       staff. We have advisors from all major departments as well as:

• Academic Consulting                                 • Accounting

• Admissions                                          • Department Chairs

• Human Resources                                     • Library Services

• Public Relations                                    • Resident Life

                             • Vice Presidents
A Small Part Of Our Advisor Community!
                          What an Advisee Does.
        An Advisee, hey that's you! Here are some things to keep in mind when
                               you go to see you advisor.
A Good Advisee....
 • Understands his/her reasons for going to college and think about where they
   are in the process of selecting a major.
 • Becomes knowledgeable about all the various services available on campus;
   financial aid, career services, counseling center, intramurals, extracurricular
   activities, etc.
• Gets to know, through the student handbook, the various rules, policies or
  procedures that pertain to student life at Millersville.
• Makes an appointment with their adviser as soon as possible. Do not wait
  until it is time to register.
• Has an agenda when they meet with their adviser. Jot down a lists of items
  to go over, such as scheduling various courses, situations where they might
  need some information, or other areas where they feel they need some help.
• Thinks about their entire academic curriculum, not just the one they are
   registering for. The advisee should have an overall plan to fulfill the various
   degree requirements as they proceed through the curriculum.
       Exploratory Program Web Page

  In today's fast paced, technological environment, the Exploratory Program's web page provides a portal through
which students can access information about the program quickly and easily. In addition, the web page also provides
                      tools to assist students with time management and the search for a major.
      Exploratory Program Web Page

Advisor Listing under the Reference category and Working with an advisor under the Other category give students
   access to advisors' contact information and how to approach and discuss items of concern with an Advisor.

                   The Improve My Performance, or IMP program is designed to help struggling
                          students with time management and even tutoring if needed.

        The contact, Major Views Video Series, Forms, and Searching for a Major comprise the bulk of the
       web page. They give students access to contact information for each department, forms for switching
       majors, and videos about each major. In addition, there are descriptions of each major and what types
                                  of careers a student would be able to pursue.
      Exploratory Program Web Page
             In addition to the tools provided on the web page, the Exploratory Program
has partnered up with various programs on campus to help Exploratory Students adjust to college life.

                           The MU Getaway Weekend is a weekend in which students are
                             taken to a campground where they stay for the weekend.
                        While there they participate in activities that focus on relationships,
                         leadership, managing stress, the college experience, and friends.

                   To give new Exploratory Students a hand in adjusting to college life, Resident Life
           and the Exploratory Program have created a dorm specifically designed for Exploratory Students.
            In addition, all Exploratory Students in this residence hall are enrolled in a Freshman Seminar.
                  This seminar is designed to help the students become acclimated to the amount of
                          work expected by college professors and the type of work expected.
Exploratory Program Web Page

  Because so many students come to Millersville University looking to go into teaching,
 the web page provides a link to information regarding the Education Majors. This link is
                             Called “Want to Be a Teacher?”

           At some point in a students career at college he/she may need a tutor.
                 Unfortunately some students are unsure of where to go or
                 how to go about getting a tutor. This is the purpose of the
               "Tutors“ link on the web page. It provides contact information
                            for the various tutors across campus.

            Since 1986, statistics have been kept concerning the success of
   the Exploratory Program and from the looks of it we are doing pretty well. Click the
                            Statistics button to see our stats!

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