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College of Business Administration

Academic Advising

Student Services (226 Thurmond)

The Student Services Center in the College of Business Administration serves as a resource center to both you and faculty.  You may review your academic file as well as pick up any College of Business or Winthrop University forms in this office. The CBA Student Services Center provides answers to all your questions about the College of Business Administration and Winthrop University.

What is Advising?

Academic advising is an important relationship for all university students.  An adviser will help you select, plan, and complete your educational goals within an appropriate length of time.  You and your adviser will work together to plan a program of study that properly sequences courses and meets the requirements for the degree program of your choice.

Advising

Your interaction with faculty is an integral part of the learning process in the College of Business Administration.  Your advising sessions provide opportunities for you to learn more about the philosophy behind the required degree program as well as career opportunities for specific options.

As a freshman, you are assigned a faculty adviser during summer orientation.  You will keep the same adviser during your freshman year.  Not only will your adviser help with program selections and scheduling, but will also be available to assist you with your adjustment to university life throughout the first year.  When you select an option in the College of Business, an adviser will be assigned to you from that area.

Students who transfer to the College of Business after their freshman year are assigned an adviser in the academic option of their choice. For example, if you choose the Marketing option, you will have an adviser in the Marketing area.

Your academic adviser's primary role is to help you plan a course of study.  This planning helps ensure that you are aware of all graduation requirements and that courses required in a particular option are taken in the proper sequence.

Making an Appointment with Your Adviser

During early registration periods, all members of the faculty have a schedule of advising times posted on their office doors.  During all other times, you may schedule an appointment by calling or visiting your adviser.  Faculty office hours are posted on their doors.

Before meeting with your adviser for course selection, collect your personal file from the Student Services office, review its contents, and prepare a projected schedule from the schedule of courses bulletin.

Your Adviser's Role

To assist you in making appropriate and satisfying decisions about academic programs and career goals.

  1. To provide you with academic information about Winthrop University and your degree program, particularly your progress toward fulfillment of general education and major requirements.
  2. To know you well enough to be aware of your individual academic interests and your career goals.
  3. To help you become involved in the total learning experience of Winthrop University by suggesting appropriate involvement in on-campus, off-campus and experiential opportunities.

Your Role

Become familiar with the Winthrop University Undergraduate Catalog and the requirements for your degree program.  Keep current on academic regulations, policies, procedures and requirements by reviewing the catalog, schedule bulletin and academic inventory sheets.

Take the initiative to contact your adviser.  It may require more than one attempt to connect.  Be conscientious and thoughtful.  Keep scheduled appointments.  Call or e-mail if you need to cancel.  Learn your adviser's office hours, this is a good time to see your adviser and get quality time for guidance.

Accept responsibility for the decisions you make in consultation with your adviser.

Maintain personal copies of your records and bring these with you when you see your adviser.  Prepare a list of questions or concerns before each meeting with your adviser.  Have a tentative written schedule prepared for your registration appointment.