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Faculty Advising

6.3 Faculty Advisers

6.3.1 Fordham College at Rose Hill & Fordham College at Lincoln Center

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 first and sophomore year. The class deans' advising programs are tailored to the needs of each stage of student development, from first 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.