6.3 Faculty Advisers
6.3.1 Fordham College at Rose Hill & Fordham College at Lincoln Center
Since first-year students have broad and special advising needs, the deans' offices of FCRH and FCLC annually recruit select faculty and administrators to advise incoming students. Each adviser is assigned approximately 15 to 20 freshmen with whom they meet at regularly scheduled times throughout the academic year, both individually and as a group.
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 adviser arranges individual meetings with the students to review their progress. The grades are available online for students to view. Freshmen are encouraged to meet with their advisers as problems or questions develop during the year. Advisers continue to advise their students until the student declares a major, which normally occurs by the spring semester of their sophomore year. At FCLC and FCRH, advising continues formally through the fall of a student's sophomore year, unless a student declares their major earlier; in such a case, the formal freshman advising concludes at the end of the student's freshman year.
At FCRH, this program also encompasses sophomore students and is called the Core Advising Program. The Core Advising Program includes optional information sessions concerning procedures for course withdrawal and external summer course approvals. The FCRH Core Advising Program recruits Faculty Adviser Student Assistants (FASAs), academically strong and motivated sophomores, juniors and seniors, who provide unique student perspectives at each group meeting and serve as an additional resource for freshman students. Before meeting with their advisees, the advisers attend separate training sessions on the program in the summer. The first meeting between adviser and students takes place during Freshman Orientation in the fall. From late May to late August, prior to meeting the core adviser, freshmen are assigned summer freshman academic coordinators to help guide them through the college's core curriculum and prepare them for student course self-registration for the fall semester.
At FCLC, this program encompasses freshmen only and is called the Core Advising Program. Freshman Core Advisors (FCAs) receive annual training prior to the start of the semester. They meet with their freshman advisees during August orientation days. The majority of FCAs have freshman advisees from all majors assigned to them. However, the freshmen admitted to the following programs are paired with faculty members in their discipline: computer science, theatre, dance, 3-2 engineering, natural science, psychology, and pre-health. FCAs are expected to know the core curriculum and first-year academic and student-life expectations, and serve as another resource for ongoing academic enrichment. FCAs meet with their advisees in group sessions and individual appointments throughout the Fall and Spring semesters.
When students declare a major, they are assigned an adviser in that department or interdisciplinary program who will help guide them through to completion of the major as well as any remaining core requirements. In most cases, the associate chair of the department or the program director coordinates the faculty advising efforts in the area.
6.3.2 Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies
Academic advising is an integral part of the student experience in PCS. The advising role is led by the assistant and associate deans on each campus and encompasses the academic and professional guidance which are essential to the adult student experience. All students in PCS have direct access to an advising dean upon admission to the school. Students are encouraged to consult regularly with their advising deans in matters pertaining to academic options, course selection, post-baccalaureate studies, and referrals for career advisement. Formal
academic advising is mandatory for all students in their first two semesters of enrollment. Thereafter, students meet with advising deans as often as they choose to explore educational opportunities and to plan a course of study that is consistent with their abilities, achievements, interests, and expectations.
In PCS, 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 advisers but are encouraged to consult frequently with faculty members of their choice. A formal consultation is required when a Fordham PCS student declares their choice of major.
6.3.3 Gabelli School of Business
In keeping with the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis, GSB provides academic advising that includes the entire spectrum of academic, personal, and professional development. While many administrators and faculty members play a role in academic advising, the class deans are the primary coordinators of student support.
Class deans help students to identify goals, choose courses, investigate concentrations and majors, make the best use of electives, secure internships, and build the portfolio of skills necessary to succeed in their profession. Class deans accomplish all of this using a variety of group and individual approaches. Large-group advising sessions address topics of interest to all students-such as course registration, community building, and the career search-while one-on-one meetings cover specific academic, professional, social, and financial issues. Some group advising sessions are mandatory, especially in freshman and sophomore year. The class deans' advising programs are tailored to the needs of each stage of student development, from freshman through senior year, and designed to promote self-awareness, curiosity, and academic excellence-traits and values that are supported by Fordham's Jesuit identity.
Class deans encourage students to seek out specialized academic and professional advising from other resources within the Gabelli School, especially industry-focused career advisers from the in-house Personal and Professional Development (PPD) Center. Certain assistant deans and other administrators serve the specific needs of transfer students, honors students, international students, prospective law-school applicants, accounting students who plan to complete the 150-credit CPA education requirement, Gabelli School evening students, and undergraduates who hope to study abroad.