Catalogue 2016 - 2017

Academic Advising and Student Responsibilities

Academic advising at Western New England University is framed against the University Mission Statement and is guided by a commitment to student academic progress and personal growth. Specifically, advising is intended to enhance and support student learning in an atmosphere of personal concern. Advising seeks to engage intellectual growth and self-discovery, and is carried out through a consistent exchange between student and advisor. That shared relationship thereby attempts to prompt students to develop decision making skills, set realistic expectations, and practice the necessary coping strategies to attain their educational, life, and career goals.

Each full-time student is assigned a faculty advisor. In the freshman year of full-time study, the academic advisor is normally assigned on the basis of enrollment in First Year Seminar. After the sophomore year and beyond, students are normally assigned or may choose an advisor according to the academic department in which the student’s major is contained. Students who are undecided remain with their current advisor or are assigned to the Academic Support Center (Campus Center Room 137, or 413.796.2027) until a major is declared. Academic advising is provided for part-time students through the appropriate college. Although the advisor should be consulted on matters of curriculum, the ultimate responsibility for decision on the student’s program of study remains with the student. Furthermore, each student holds the ultimate responsibility to understand degree requirements and to plan for orderly fulfillment.

It is important that students work with their academic advisors to develop an academic plan enabling them to complete many of the fundamental General University Requirements by the end of the sophomore, or second, full year of study. While this may not always be possible due to schedule limitations of certain programs or other schedule anomalies, students should strive to acquire the prerequisite skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in their major programs. For example, students will need to have skills in research and writing in order to understand and complete assignments in upper division courses in and outside of their major fields of study. Students should also consult their advisor to choose elective courses that both broaden and deepen their knowledge of disciplines that are important for success and well being beyond the University experience.