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    Student Guide to

    Academic AdvisementThis Guide is designed to ease

    your transition to California State

    University, Northridge (CSUN) and

    to outline what is expected of you

    during the academic advising

    appointments you will have

    throughout your undergraduate

    education. In addition, it provides

    a description of the information

    you can expect to receive from

    the advising community and lets

    you know what policies and

    procedures you should learn

    and implement as you advance

    in your studies and move toward

    graduation.

    Please keep this document

    and refer to it before each

    advising appointment. Additional

    information on academic advising

    can be found in the CSUN Catalog

    and your myNorthridge portal.

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    Student Guide to Academic Advisement at CSUN

    What is Academic

    Advising at CSUN?The mission of academic advising is to assiststudents in forming intentional partnershipsthat connect their needs, values, abilities andgoals to CSUNs educational program.Academic advising is an on-going relationshipand a collaborative process that will help youidentify and reach your academic objectivesthrough investigation and use of a widevariety of campus personnel and resources.

    Academic advising is the sharedresponsibility of faculty, staff and students.It incorporates the continuum of teachingand learning moments that both stimulateand support students in their quest for anenriched quality of life. These interactionsassist students in realizing their academic

    and professional goals and facilitate timelygraduation.

    What Are the Objectives

    of Academic Advising at

    CSUN?

    You will explore and learn many new thingsas a CSUN student. Your academic advisingexperiences will help you to: Understand campus policies and

    processes and be able to transactnecessary University business.

    Be aware of the Universitys academic

    expectations and be prepared to acceptthe responsibilities of campusmembership.

    Become familiar with the skills, abilitiesand resources that enhance academicsuccess.

    Take an active role in researching,understanding, committing to andcompleting a major.

    Understand how your choice of majorand career path are informed by yourindividual strengths and challenges.

    Understand the requirements forgraduation.

    Advisee Responsibilities:

    What Are You Expected to Do?

    CSUNs academic advising is a partnershipand your involvement is critical to yoursuccess. You have clear responsibilities in the

    advising experience and you are expected to: Schedule regular appointments or makeregular contact with your advisor eachsemester.

    Arrive prepared at each appointment.Bring questions and materials fordiscussion.

    Be an active learner by participatingfully in the advising experience.

    Discuss issues and specific concernswith your advisor.

    Keep a personal record of your progresstoward meeting your goals.

    Organize official documents includingtranscripts and Degree Progress Reports(DPR) in a way that enables you toaccess them when needed.

    Gather all relevant decision-makinginformation.

    Clarify personal values and goals andprovide your advisor with accurateinformation regarding your interestsand abilities.

    Become knowledgeable about CSUNprograms, policies and procedures.

    Ask your advisor for referrals and usecampus resources to support youracademic goals.

    Know and be responsible for adheringto rules/instructions listed on forms(e.g. requests for schedule or gradechanges, incompletes and withdrawals).

    Accept responsibility. Respond quickly when an academic

    advisor contacts you.Ask for immediate clarification if you

    dont understand a recommendation,policy or procedure.

    Follow through on recommendationsfrom your advisor.

    Advisor Responsibilities:

    What Should You Expect?

    During your undergraduate experience youwill establish relationships with multipleacademic advisors

    including staff, faculty and peers. You canexpect your academic advisors to: Understand and effectively communicate

    curriculum expectations, graduationrequirements, University policies andcurrent procedures.

    Encourage and guide you as you defineand develop realistic goals.

    Support your efforts to gain the skills youneed to develop an attainable educationalplan.

    Provide you with information andstrategies for utilizing campus resources

    and services.Assist you in understanding the purposes

    and goals of higher education and itseffects on your life and personal goals.

    Monitor and accurately document yourprogress toward meeting your goals.

    Be accessible to meet or correspond withyou by telephone or email duringscheduled hours.

    Assist you in developing decision-makingskills, assuming greater responsibility foryour educational plans and celebratingyour achievements.

    Maintain confidentiality. Help you to develop a relationship with

    faculty members in your major.

    CSUNs Commitment

    to a Responsive

    and Quality Academic

    Advising Experience

    The academic advising community atCalifornia State University, Northridgeis committed to providing a quality andresponsive experience throughout your

    enrollment. A dynamic academic advisingexperience requires feedback from you. Youwill be contacted periodically to participatein surveys and focus groups to ensure thatCSUN is responding to your needs and thatyou are meeting the objectives that areoutlined in this Student Guide. Your promptresponses to these requests will ensure thatyou and your fellow students receive thehighest quality support possible from CSUN.

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    Student Guide to Academic Advisement at CSUN

    Staying on

    the Pathway

    to Graduation:What Should You Know and

    When Should You Know It?

    In addition to mastering their studies,successful candidates for graduation mustalso gain an understanding of campuspolices, processes, resources andrequirements. These general guidelines areintended for both freshmen and transferstudents. Transfer students will face parallelchallenges to new freshmen. While some ofthese bullets will apply only to freshmen,successful transition by transfer students willfacilitate graduation, too. It is to everyonesadvantage to master this information. The

    following recommendations should keep allstudents on the right track.

    A. At the end of your first

    semester you should:

    Know how to access, navigate and utilizethe myNorthridge portal so you canenroll in classes independently.

    Understand the advisement process andwhere to go for advisement. Know thatsecond semester freshmen haveadvisement holds and must seeadvisors before they can register.

    Understand University business practicesand where to go to conduct necessarybusiness.

    Know your way around campus. Know how to access the University

    Catalog online and in print. Understand Executive Order 665 and the

    consequences of not completingdevelopmental coursework within oneacademic year.

    Start thinking about majors; explorevarious department materials, catalog

    information and four-year plans (two-year plans for transfer students).

    Understand the multiple components ofdegree requirements (i.e. GE, major,residency).

    B. At the end of your first

    year you should:

    Know how to view and print your DegreeProgress Report (DPR) and My AcademicPlanner (MAP).

    Know how to locate information about

    your registration holds on themyNorthridge portal and know how toresolve them.

    Read and understand the StudentConduct Code and its principles.

    Understand how your grade point average(GPA) related to probation,disqualification, academic honors andgraduation.

    Understand the correlation between yourskill set i.e. reading, writing, criticalthinking, time management) andacademic performance.

    Recognize your role and responsibility inachieving academic success.

    Know how to declare or change a majorand or minor and know how to usecampus resources (i.e. Career Center)that will help you choose a major basedon skills and interests.

    Know the General Education (GE)requirements/modifications for yourchosen major.

    Understand and plan your timeline formeeting the prerequisite(s) for yourrequired courses.

    C. Upon completion of

    your lower division

    requirements (60 units)

    you should:

    Know which forms you will be need tocarry out required University transactionsand learn how to locate them.

    View yourself as part of a community oflearners who respects the views of others.

    Have mastered effective timemanagement and study skills.

    Declare a major and an option in thatmajor if necessary.

    Understand and learn how to use the two-or four-year plans in your major. Useyour DPR and MAP to plan which coursesyou will take and when you will takethem in order to create the best scenariofor timely graduation.

    D. When you become an

    upper division student,

    you should:

    Know how to view and interpret your DPRand MAP to be sure that all graduationrequirements are noted and planned for.

    Attend advisement in your academicdepartment.

    Effectively utilize all campus resourcesand opportunities.

    Know how to check the online UniversityCatalog supplements for policy changes.

    Integrate your curriculum and co-curricular opportunities (i.e. clubs,organizations, volunteering, internships)to expand your horizons and yourresume.

    Demonstrate responsibility for your rolein achieving academic success.

    Explore opportunities for post-baccalaureate education or employment.

    Take and pass the Upper Division WritingProficiency Exam no later than thesemester in which 90 units are earned.

    Apply for graduation by the posteddeadline.

    Continue to use MAP to plan for timelycompletion of required courses and units.

    E. When youre ready to

    graduate you should:

    Watch deadlines and complete allremaining requirements.

    Internalize the principles of the StudentConduct Code and their relevance to yourprofessional and personal lives.

    Appreciate the importance ofparticipating in activities or experiencesthat link your major and career.

    F. Throughout your CSUN

    experience you should:

    Accept responsibility for understanding,learning and following pertinent rules

    and regulations and adhering toeligibility restrictions and deadlines.

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    Student Guide to Academic Advisement at CSUN

    The Advising Resource Center/EOP

    Majors: Undecided

    http://www.csun.edu/eop/arceop/(818) 677-2108

    The Mike Curb College of Arts, Media,

    and Communication

    Student Services Center/EOP

    Majors: Art, Cinema and Television Arts,Communication Studies, Journalism, Music,

    Theatre

    http://www.csun.edu/~srceop/main.htm(818) 677-2024

    The College of Business and Economics

    Student Services Center/EOP

    Majors: Accountancy, Economics, Finance,

    Information Systems, Management, Marketing,

    and Business Administration with options in

    either Business Law, Financial Services,

    Global Supply Chain Management, Real Estate,

    or Systems Operations Management.www.csun.edu/cobaessc(818) 677-3537

    The Michael D. Eisner College

    of Education Equity Office

    Majors: Deaf Studies

    http://www.csun.edu/~sch_educ/(818) 677-3002

    The College of Engineering and

    Computer Science

    Student Services Center/EOP

    Majors: Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering,Construction Management Technology, Computer

    Science, Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing

    Systems Engineering,, Mechanical Engineering

    http://www.csun.edu/~cecsssc/(818) 677-2191

    The College of Health and Human

    Development

    Student Services Center/EOP

    Majors: Child and Adolescent Development,

    Communication Disorders & Sciences,

    Environmental and Occupational Health,

    Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Science,

    Kinesiology, Nursing (RN to B.S.),

    Recreation & Tourism Managementhttp://www.csun.edu/hhd/studentserv.html(818) 677-2883

    The College of Humanities Student

    Services Center/EOP

    Majors: Asian American Studies, Central

    American Studies, Chicano and Chicana Studies,

    English, French, Gender and Womens Studies,

    Humanities Interdisciplinary, Liberal Studies,

    Languages and Cultures, Linguistics, Modern

    Jewish Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies,

    Spanish

    http://www.csun.edu/~humndean/eop/(818) 677-4767

    The College of Science and Mathematics

    Student Services Center/EOP

    Majors: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry,

    Geology, Mathematics, Physics

    http://www.csun.edu/~smaceop/(818) 677-4558

    The College of Social and

    Behavioral Sciences

    Student Services Center/EOP

    Majors: Anthropology, Geography, History,Pan African Studies, Political Science, Psychology,

    Sociology, Urban Studies and Planning.

    http://www.csun.edu/csbs/ssc_eop/

    Masters of Social Work students should contact (818) 677-7630.

    Contacting Academic Advisors

    CSUN provides a wealth of academic advising services and resources for studentsincluding referrals to faculty and staff advisors in your major.

    These major advisors can be located at: http://www.csun.edu/academic/

    Transfer and graduate students should seek advisement in their major.Freshmen should seek advisement at the following offices:

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