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Advisors should meet with advisees before providing them PINs

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October 28, 2010

Spring class registration is here and shockingly some students are clueless to the process. Some are even unaware of who their advisors are. Here’s a tip: Each student’s eSIS home page has the name of their advisor on the right-hand side as well as directly on their Degree Progress Report. Throughout their college career students need to be proactive about where they are headed rather than expect someone to approach them, take them by the hand and walk them into success.  That means studying their DPR, signing up with advisors and working out a plan for the years leading to graduation.

Disappointingly, some advisors don’t meet one-on-one with their advisees prior to registration. Some distribute PIN numbers without first meeting with the students who may or may not have a clue about what they are doing. Four years later the clueless student could walk in to meet their advisor hoping to graduate and be told they didn’t fill their requirements.

Students, please note you must be your own advocate when it comes to planning your future.

Advisors, be aware that some advisees don’t know what is going on and as their advisor it is your duty to make sure they know how to read their DPR and they understand the steps they need to take to graduate.