Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

6 Faculty Advising

6.1 A Commitment to Advising

Fordham University is committed to providing sound and comprehensive advising for its students. Undergraduates need guidance on issues such as course requirements and expectations, the curriculum, registration, administrative procedures, choosing a major, planning a career, adjusting to college life, and dealing with the various stresses that affect their work. There are a number of offices on campus which assist students in these areas. At Fordham College at Rose Hill, Fordham College at Lincoln Center, and the Gabelli School of Business, an assistant dean is in charge of academic advising for each of the class years. In the Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies, although most students are adults studying on a part-time basis, consultation with a dean is required prior to registration in each of the first two semesters of study and at any time thereafter if good academic standing is not maintained.

Specialized academic advisors provide information on prestigious fellowships and pre-professional programs; the Counseling Center helps the student deal with emotional, psychological, and developmental issues and offers workshops on study skills and test anxiety; and the Career Services assists students with career decisions. Faculty, as well, play a critical role in the academic advising process: by advising students in their classes, by serving as faculty advisors for freshmen and for students in the academic majors.

6.2 Advising in the Classroom

Since faculty have regular and significant contact with the students in their classes, they are often in the best position to recognize and address student problems. Speaking with the student may be the only course of action required, but at other times it is important to contact the Class Dean as well as to advise the student to do so. This is the case, for example, when the faculty member is unable to help,when the problem is serious and may jeopardize the student's well being or general academic performance, or when the action required must become a matter of record.

6.3 Faculty Advisors for Freshmen and Sophomores

Since first-year students have broad and special advising needs, the Dean’s Offices of Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH) and Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) annually recruit select faculty and administrators to advise incoming students. Each advisor is assigned approximately 15-20 freshmen with whom he or she meets at regularly scheduled times throughout the academic year, both individually and as a group. At FCRH, this program also encompasses sophomore students and is called the Core Advising Program. The Core Advising Program includes required cohort sessions for the entire freshman class focusing on issues of career development, as well as optional information sessions concerning procedures for course withdrawal and external summer course approvals. The FCRH Core Advising Program also recruits Faculty Advisor Student Assistants (FASAs), academically strong and motivated upper-class students, who provide unique student perspectives at each group meeting, and serve as an additional resource for freshman students. Before meeting with their advisees, the advisors of FCRH and FCLC attend a training session on the program in the summer. The first meeting between advisor and students takes place during Freshman Orientation, at which time the students receive paper copies of their class schedules. 

Advising sessions cover specific topics such as the core curriculum, study skills, time management, academic honesty, planning a course schedule, College policies, opportunities for excellence at Fordham, and choosing and exploring a major. Each semester, all instructors are required to submit midterm assessment grades for their freshman students. Once midterm grades have been compiled, the advisor arranges individual meetings with the students to review the grades. At FCRH, these grades are distributed by the freshman advisors at an advising session. At both colleges, the grades are available online for students to view. Freshmen in both colleges are also encouraged to meet with their advisors as problems or questions develop during the year. Advisors at both colleges continue to advise their students until the student declares a major, which normally occurs in the spring semester of their sophomore year. At Fordham College at Rose Hill, advising continues formally through the fall of a student’s sophomore year. 

GSB freshmen will be enrolled in a non-credit freshman enrichment seminar administered by the freshman class dean. Topics to be discussed include the distribution of midterm grades, course scheduling, and program opportunities.

In Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies, faculty representatives are invited to participate in the Orientation Programs for new students held prior to the start of each term. Students are not assigned to faculty advisors but are encouraged to consult frequently with faculty members of their choice. A formal consultation is required when a Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies student declares his/her choice of major.

6.4 Major/Minor Advising

Advising of majors and minors is handled by the individual departments and interdisciplinary programs. In most cases, the Associate Chair of the department or the Program Director coordinates the faculty advising efforts in the area.

In GSB, advising in terms of selecting a major, concentration, minor or special program are handled by the appropriate class dean and/or special program director.

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