Academic advising is a crucial element of
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
College of Art and Design/College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 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 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.
Tuesday, 10/14– Monday, 11/3
It is already time
to plan for the spring semester! Sometime during this three-week period
your 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. Student Account holds (often due to incomplete immunization records or
unpaid balances) will also prevent your student from registering on time.
Encourage your student to look at course offerings on LOIS (www.lesley.edu/lois) and in the
Academic Catalog; and to think about appropriate courses
before he/she visits his/her advisor. Prior to the
advising meeting with a professional academic advisor, encourage your students
to talk to a Peer Advisor/Mentor who could help students with pre-advising and
schedule building. The MyLesley Academic Advising Community (College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences 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 Sciences 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
Thursday, 12/11– Wednesday, 12/17
Lots more support welcome here, too! Please be
sure to check with your student about his final exam schedule before making
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 Sciences, 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
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. First semester CLAS students need the signature of their
academic advisor to add or drop courses. CLAS students may add or drop a class
after their first semester on their own on LOIS but are highly encouraged to
consult with their advisors before changing their schedules to ensure timely
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. College of
Art and Design students do not need a signature to withdraw from a class, but
they are strongly encouraged to speak with a member of the CAD Advising staff
before doing so. 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
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
The First-Year Seminar seeks to excite the intellectual curiosity of first-semester freshmen students and integrate them into the academic community of the University through small, discussion-based classes and several common events. Students choose from a variety of intriguing seminar topics, all of which connect the interests and expertise of a particular faculty member to the University's mission. Some seminar topics are interdisciplinary in nature, while others engage students in inquiry within a specific academic field of study. This is a required course for all first year students.
First Year Seminar have the following learning outcomes:
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
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
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