Monday, August 13, 2012

New CSL Advising Model

Whether you are returning for another year in the program or a brand new student, you need to know about our new model for advising students. This new model is built upon the phases of the program and the types of issues that our students typically encounter. This model gives you more potential face to face contact with multiple faculty as well as networking time with other students in the program. Benefits such as these were not possible with our previous model and we hope that students will feel better informed and supported.

Quarterly Open Advising Sessions: During the 4th and 6th weeks of each quarter, we will hold an open advising session from 4:00-5:00pm which is available to all CSL students. These sessions will include a short presentation on a topic of interest to students followed by time for students to ask their advising questions and network with other students. Faculty will be on hand to assist with questions. Watch CSLNews for details on these sessions.

Advising Request Form: This form should be filled out for any advising need regardless of concentration or phase in the program. The short form can be found in multiple places, including in our CSL Student Handbook and on the CSLNews Blog, and helps the faculty document students' needs and address them in the most efficient and effective way. Responses to requests can typically be expected in 2-3 days via email.
Students often have advising needs that fall into several different categories and you'll notice that these categories are integrated into the advising request form. Here are the categories of needs:

Tier 1/Registration and Course Planning: These include logistical issues such as being blocked from a course or having difficulty with course sequencing.

Tier 2/Advanced Advising: These include issues for which you may need an extended conversation with faculty such as long range career planning or if you are considering a concentration change.

Tier 3/Practicum and Internship: These needs are specific to students in the practicum and internship phase only and include issues such as difficulty getting hours needed or site concerns.