Academic advising is a crucial element of student success.
Hopefully, you will have many opportunities throughout the semester to talk to your student about his/her experiences at college. Most of these conversations will probably not be about academics. However, there may be some times during the term when you will want to "check in" about how things are going in class.
By now, your Art Institute of Boston/College of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies student has been in classes for one week, and has had at least one class meeting for each of her courses. This is a good time to ask how she likes them and whether she has read all of the syllabi carefully. The Add/Drop deadline will be coming up in another week. Is he/she planning to drop or add any classes? (Remember that students need to maintain at least 12 credits to be considered full-time.)
Students cannot add classes after this deadline. Classes dropped after this deadline may require a fee and will be indicated on the transcript with a "W" for Withdraw. This is a good time to encourage your student to stop in and visit his/her advisor to introduce himself before deciding to drop or add a course. This may also be a good time to remind him or her to visit the Center for Academic Achievement for tutoring or writing help.
Within the first four weeks of the semester, faculty notify the Advising Centers with names of student who are having attendance issues, behavioral issues in the classroom, late/missing assignments, or poor performance on quizzes and assignments. The professional advising team will follow up with those respective students to address the concerns. If your student gets an early alert, encourage your student to meet with both the faculty and academic advisor to discuss options to move forward.
At this point, faculty will begin to submit midsemester evaluations for students who are having difficulty in their classes. Both students and advisors will receive copies of these reports electronically. Encourage your AIB/LC student to talk to any instructor in whose class he or she received a midsemester evaluation. Encourage your student to check in with her advisor as well. The advisor can help the student consider the best "next steps" and connect him or her with appropriate support resources. Encourage your student to go back and review the course syllabi to look ahead for the second half of the semester.
It is already time to plan for the spring semester! Sometime during this three-week period your AIB/LC student should meet with his or her advisor to plan a spring schedule. Students will register for courses on-line sometime after this period. Students will not be able to register if they have not met with their advisor.Encourage your student to look at course offerings on LOIS (www.lesley.edu/lois) and in the Academic Catalogue; and to think about appropriate courses before he/she visits his/her advisor. The MyLesley Academic Advising Community (College of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies only) also contains important registration information for students, including registration notes.
Encourage your student not to wait until the last minute if she needs to withdraw from a course. College of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies students must meet with their advisors in order to withdraw from a course.
The last couple of weeks of class are very stressful for many students. Lots of support from home is welcome here!
Lots more support welcome here, too! Please be sure to check with your student about his final exam schedule before making travel arrangements.
Congratulations—you've both made it through the first semester!
Students are assigned an Academic Advisor, a professional staff or faculty member who will help with academic planning and track their progress. Within the College of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies , this advisor will also be the student's instructor for the First-year Transitions Seminar. In addition to group seminar meetings, students meet individually with their advisors throughout the year to check in and create a schedule for the next semester. Students are encouraged to take advantage of this support person to discuss any academic issues.
Liberal Arts Requirements
These are the general requirements which all students must complete before graduation. They are designed to provide a broad experience and to help students develop general skills such as critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and writing.
The first two weeks of the semester are the time when a student may drop a course or add a course to his schedule without penalty or fee. Students need the signature of their academic advisor to add or drop courses.
After the end of Drop/Add period and up until the 10th week of the semester, students may withdraw from a course. This form requires the signature of the student's academic advisor. A "W" is recorded on the student's transcript and the student does not receive credit for the course. After the withdrawal deadline, students will receive a grade in the class, even if they stop attending.
Students must maintain a schedule of at least 12 credits to be considered full-time. This is important for housing, athletics, financial aid, and often health insurance.
This is the three-week period each semester during which students meet with their academic advisors to plan the following semester's courses.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) limits the circumstances under which Lesley University faculty, staff, and administrators can share information regarding student academic progress with individuals other than the student. Please read a more detailed explanation of how the FERPA guidelines apply to Lesley students on the Registrar's site.
If a student would like someone else (such as a parent or guardian) to be able to discuss his/her academic progress with the academic advisor, then the student must sign an Academic Data Release form [pdf].
While we welcome the opportunity for parents and guardians to share important background information and/or concerns with the Advising staff, we also encourage you to speak to students directly about any academic or other concerns that may arise.
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