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Academic Advising Information
Undergraduate Academic and Student Affairs
The Undergraduate Academic and Student Affairs staff in the College of Education helps students understand their curricular requirements, create academic plans, plan for study abroad opportunities, change majors, develop professionally, address academic standing and progress issues, and resolve a variety of academic matters. Services are provided by a staff of full-time professional Academic Advisors, a Director for Undergraduate Academic and Student Affairs and an Undergraduate Coordinator. The department monitors academic progress, Candidacy approval, Student Teaching academic approval and graduation clearance. Through individual appointments and group workshops, the department offers services including:
- New Student and Transfer Orientations and advising.
- Academic advising and registration assistance for all students in the College of Education.
- Semesterly consultation with each student prior to registration to help students stay on course for their anticipated graduation date.
- Development of a meaningful education plan compatible with career and life goals.
- Developmental advising for students facing academic challenges, especially Academic Warning and Academic Probation.
- Change of Program workshops and individual advising.
- Submission and review of petitions and other requests including: re-enrollment to the University, permission to take courses elsewhere; registration for overloads, Third Attempt registrations, medical withdrawals, etc.
- Workshops on relevant topics such as PAPA exam registration and prep.
- Dissemination of information to students regarding PAPA (all students), Praxis II (Secondary Education, Middle Grades, and Business Education) and PECT (Early Childhood Education) tests.
- Candidacy application information, application submission appointments and academic audits.
- Student Teaching academic audits to determine if students are cleared academically in order to student teach.
- Graduation clearances for all undergraduate students.
- Assistance to the College with development of transfer articulation agreements with other institutions in consultation with the College of Education Faculty and Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies office.
Undergraduate advising appointments are scheduled in two ways:
- Same Day Appointments: offered on Main Campus on Mondays throughout fall and spring semesters as well as during peak advising periods (the first two weeks (drop/add) of each fall and spring semester and throughout the Priority Registration periods in fall and spring semesters.) To schedule, students call 215-204-8011 or stop into the Shimada Resource Center at 8:45 on days Same Day Appointments are offered. (Same Day Appointments are not available in summer.)
- Appointments scheduled in advance: offered on Main Campus on Tuesdays through Fridays in fall and spring semesters and most days in summer. To schedule, students call 215-204-8011 or stop into the Shimada Resource Center to schedule an appointment in person. Appointments can be scheduled up to two weeks in advance. Ambler campus-based students should call 267-468-8200 to schedule an appointment.
All academic advisors are trained to evaluate information carefully to give students the best possible advice. However, primary responsibility for course selection and degree completion rests with the student. Every student must be aware of the requirements of his or her degree and should collaborate with an advisor regularly to ensure timely completion of his or her program.
Students may have grievances that are not academic in nature. Such grievances should be directed to other offices on campus, which may include the Office of the Dean of Students, the Equal Opportunity Compliance office, Campus Housing, and other units on campus. Students unsure as to where to proceed with a non-academic grievance should consult either with the Office of the Dean of Students or the college's Academic Advising Center.