In keeping with the university’s strategic goal to create and enhance high quality and student centered learning environments, the mission of the Academic Advising Center is to provide an integrated program of effective academic advising for undecided majors and special students. To this end, Academic Advising serves the dual purpose of promoting quality advisement of all students and of providing direct assistance to the undecided or “exploratory” students that are in the process of choosing a major department. To accomplish this goal, the advisors share responsibility with their advisees for developing educational plans compatible with their special interests and abilities and successful completion of their degree requirements.
About Academic Advising
The mission of Academic Advising is to ensure that all students receive the assistance and guidance they need to select and successfully complete course requirements to attain their undergraduate degrees and enter today’s work force and/or prepare for professional or graduate school.
To this end Academic Advising, in conjunction with the First Year Program, will assign all incoming freshmen to pre-major advisors who will also be their instructors for the First Year Experience course (FYE) that is required of all freshmen. The advisor will guide them in selecting a major attuned to their special interests, talents, and abilities, and as part of the FYE course will help them to understand all the requirements for the chosen major and to make a four year plan for degree completion. Students will be grouped in sections of FYE based on their intended major so the instructor/advisor can focus on helping the students to understand the requirements for a major or group of related majors. Undecided students will be grouped together and will be guided in the process of exploring major options. At the end of the first year, students will be asked to complete a major application in order to officially declare their major; they will then be assigned to a faculty advisor in their major. If a student is still not sure of a major at this point, they may continue with their pre-major advisor until they have made a decision, but they must declare a major by the time they are going into their junior year.
Academic Advising also serves as a resource center for students, faculty, and staff. Students may inquire about satisfactory academic progress requirements (SAP), obtain information on requirements for the different majors at Lincoln, or just talk to an advisor about a pressing academic concern or issue.
Since advising is considered a joint responsibility, it is important for students to make contact with their advisor and know his/her office hours. Students must see their advisor each semester before they schedule their classes for the following semester; however, they should seek advising whenever they have any questions and not wait until they find themselves in a dilemma. Also, it is expected that students become knowledgeable about requirements for their major and come prepared with a planned schedule of classes when they meet with their advisor to have the hold lifted in WebAdvisor to permit them to schedule. Advisors stand ready to assist their advisees with decision-making as it relates to their major, listen to their concerns and recommend a remedy or course of action to resolve issues that might impact completion of degree requirements, refer them to another office or campus agency as need dictates, inform them of internship or study abroad opportunities, review their degree audit, assist them in developing an academic improvement plan, write recommendations for employment or graduate or professional school.
We are here for you
- If you are undecided about a major or exploring the possibilities, we will connect you with a pre-major advisor to guide you in selecting a major attuned to your special interests, talents, and abilities.
- If you have selected a major, we will assign you a faculty advisor within the department.
- If you decide to switch majors, we will walk you through the process of declaring another major or connect you with a pre-major advisor.
We are here to pave the way
Consider Academic Advising your go-to resource for the help and guidance you need to …
- Select a major course of study
- Successfully complete all course requirements to get your degree
- Address any pressing academic concern you may have
- Learn about internships or study abroad opportunities
- Develop an academic improvement plan
- Get letters of recommendation for employment or for graduate or professional studies
We are here to support you as you prepare to enter the workforce or to continue your studies toward professional certification or an advanced degree.
We are here to help you and to make advising a joint responsibility. Get to know your advisor’s office hours and visit whenever needed, certainly before any difficulties arise.
Drop by or call to make an appointment:
Located in CASA
204 Wright Hall
Academic Advising serves as a resource center for students, faculty, and staff
- Wright Hall 210