Advising Handbook Changes

Advising Handbook meeting summary.

We went through each page of the current Academic Advising Handbook and reviewed several handbooks from other institutions.  A brief summary follows.

Purpose.  We thought that the purpose of the handbook should be a resource for current and new faculty and students, though students may get a slightly different version.  The current handbook is clearly for undergraduates and should have that designation.

Organization.  We had much discussion about how to better organize the document.  Some suggestions were sections for new freshmen, transfers, GEP, and graduation requirements and moving certain pages to other sections within the current handbook.  A quick reference section at beginning on “better” paper may be useful or this could be the only paper publication if the handbook is on-line.

Preparation.  Some suggestions concerning a paper version of the handbook were to reduce its size by putting multiple things on a page and decreasing margin widths.  The binding should allow for easy replacement of revised pages, like the Faculty Handbook.

Additional items.  In no particular order, suggestions follow.  I imagine others will occur to us as we continue this process.  For example, University of Iowa has a GPA calculator on their website.

  • Relevant Pathfinder Pages, if not the whole Pathfinder (The observation was made that there are too many publications with policies.  We should attempt to combine them to the extent possible.)
  • Military Call Up Policy
  • Leave of Absence Policy
  • Learning Community Information
  • Diversity Center Information
  • Athletic Eligibility
  • Dean’s List Criteria
  • Departmental Testing Policies
  • Index
  • International Students
  • International Programs
  • Degree requirements for each major

I believe the next major decision is if the handbook will be primarily a paper or electronic document.  A resource to work on the product would need to be identified following this decision.

  • Diversity Center Information
  • Athletic Eligibility
  • Dean’s List Criteria
  • Departmental Testing Policies
  • Index
  • International Students
  • International Programs
  • Degree requirements for each major

I believe the next major decision is if the handbook will be primarily a paper or electronic document.  A resource to work on the product would need to be identified following this decision.