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Academic advisement at Methodist University is linked to the Student-Oriented Goals of the University which include (1) emphasis on the importance of a broad study of the liberal arts, (2) an in-depth study of an academic discipline, (3) the development of critical thinking skills, and (4) preparation for careers and further educational pursuits. As a component of the academic program of the University, the Academic Advising Program seeks to facilitate students' progress toward these goals through a one-on-one relationship with an academic advisor. To that end, advisors are expected to demonstrate a student-friendly demeanor and actions that encourage academic and personal growth for all students.
The academic advising program at Methodist University is based on building faculty-student relationships. Most students are assigned an advisor who is a faculty member in the department of the student's major. "Consultations with Academic Advisors" sessions are scheduled regularly by the University and published annually on the Academic Calendar. It is imperative that students check the MyMU portal and Methodist University e-mail address regularly for messages related to academic advising meetings and other important information. Attendance at advising sessions and individual meetings is also a key component of the Methodist University advising program.
The following is an outline of the advising program, starting at the point of a new student's decision to attend Methodist University:
For new day students in the fall semester: advising meetings are scheduled during the Fall Orientation period.
For new MU at Night students throughout the year: The Assistant Dean for MU at Night serves as the initial advisor. Upon declaration of a major, MU at Night students are assigned a co-advisor in the department of their major.
For new day students in the spring semester: All of the above applies, with the exception of Orientation meetings. New spring students will meet their advisor early in the semester during "Consultation with Academic Advisors" sessions. These sessions occur twice during each semester and are publicized on campus calendars and via the MU e-mail system.
Change of Advisor and/or Major
When students wish to change their advisor or their major, a Request for Change form must be completed by the current advisor and submitted to the Registrar. The form is available on the MyMU portal.
Advising Tools and Resources
In addition to regularly scheduled meetings with advisors, there are several resources that students are encouraged to utilize in order to understand their academic curriculum. These are (1) the Academic Catalogue, (2) the Academic Check Sheets, and (3) the Four-Year Suggested Plans.
Students are subject to the graduation requirements of the Academic Catalogue under which they entered, for example, a student entering in fall 2013 would adhere to the requirements of the 2013-2014 Academic Catalogue. Students may request a change of catalogue, but may only move forward to a newer catalogue than their original one. The Academic Catalogue is the most comprehensive reference source for academic programs and policies.
The Academic Check Sheets are summaries of course requirements for a particular major. These check sheets are available for every major at Methodist University and are updated annually.
The Four-Year Suggested Plans recommend to students a strategy for completing degree requirements over a four-year period. These plans are available for every major at Methodist University and are updated annually.
Transfer students should visit the Registrar's Office web site for information about transfer credit evaluation, including transfer credits from North Carolina community colleges, Advanced Placement (AP) scores, and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.
**More detailed information about academic advising at Methodist University is included in the publication: Becoming a Monarch/A Guide for New Students. The Guide will be posted on the Methodist University web site in July 2013.
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