Advising Info from Bob Cluss 10/30/13
Dear FYSE Advisors:
Here is some advising information for the upcoming registrations:
Your first-year advisees will be registering for Winter Term beginning at 7:00 in the morning on Tuesday, November 5. Since they are the second group to register, behind the sophomores, this should be a fairly successful experience for them. They do not need a PIN number, and do not need a formal advising session with you, but it is important to check in with them briefly on their choices (many of which will be continuing a beginning foreign language) and their results.
The more complex registration process for spring will begin on Thursday, November 7 with the practice round, or “round one.” Your first-year students should begin planning their spring course selections and practice entering them in Banner between November 7 and noon on November 12 when the practice round closes. No PIN is necessary for practice. During practice they will discover missing pre-requisites, the need for approvals, and missing pieces of courses -- all better discovered in practice than at 7:00 on the morning of Thursday, November 21 when they actually register.
This is a difficult registration for first-years, many of whom will come out of registration on the 21st with 2-3 courses rather than four. You might want to emphasize, in your advising, that spring will be an excellent semester for them to fulfill distributions if they find themselves closed out of courses in potential majors. A balanced schedule is still important, but so is broadening out to engage the distribution requirement.
Online registration will remain open, for first-year students only, through 5:00 p.m. on Nov. 22, so you might want to meet again with especially frustrated advisees to plan a new strategy. You might also want to remind them of the two-week add period at the beginning of the spring semester.
More information and some handouts, including a “Distribution Worksheet,” are available on the Academic Advising website [go/advising].
Please write or call with any questions or concerns.
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dean of Curriculum, Director of the Sciences
Director of the Sciences
450 McCardell Bicentennial Hall, 108 Old Chapel
Middlebury, VT 05753