Faculty Advisor FAQs

I am advising a new transfer junior who still needs two general education courses. How do I find the courses for those general education requirements?

The courses meeting the general education requirements are listed on the General Education website by semester. Course descriptions also include a notation indicating when the course satisfies a General Education requirement. You or your student may also contact OASIS or your college advisor for assistance.

What are ECCE courses? Does my student have to take them?

Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) courses are university requirements, which replaced University Requirements (LSC and PAC courses) offered prior to 2007. ECCE courses are interdisciplinary and designed to help students recognize the value of multiple perspectives. All first year students admitted since the 2006-07 academic year must complete all ECCE requirements for their catalog year. Transfer sophomores and juniors who started in 2006-07 were required to complete LSC, PAC, and AST university requirements. Transfer sophomores and juniors who started in 2007-08 or later are required to complete the 200-400 level ECCE courses. Certain departments and majors require students to take specific ECCE coursework.  Check with your college advisor or department chair about specific ECCE courses required or preferred in your discipline. Learn more about ECCE requirements.

Can one course satisfy more than one requirement?

Yes, one course can satisfy more than one requirement in certain circumstances. If a course satisfies a general education or ECCE requirement and is also required as part of a major or minor, that course may satisfy both requirements, as long as the major/minor program allows it. One course cannot satisfy two general education requirements or two major requirements. Even when courses are evaluated to satisfy more than one requirement, all students must still complete 120 undergraduate credit hours in order to graduate.

One of my advisees is struggling with a course. What can I do to help?

There are several resources available to help students be successful in their coursework. As the advisor, you are in a position to help the student identify which resources are the most appropriate for the situation. Explore with the student the specific nature of the problem and what efforts have been attempted to address the problem. If it is an academic/classroom problem, encourage the student to address the issue with the instructor. If assistance from the instructor is not readily available or has not helped resolved the problem, help the student identify other academic personnel with the expertise that may help the student. Be careful to also assess for obstacles to performance such as possible learning challenges, underdeveloped academic, time management, or study skills, and personal distresses, and refer the student to other campus resources such as The Learning Hub, Office of Disability Services, the Career Development Center, and Counseling Services.

What is Starfish Student Success? When should I use it?

Starfish Student Success is a campus wide Early Alert and Student Engagement program designed to identify students experiencing academic difficulties or other hindrances to academic success, and connect them with resources to help overcome these challenges. Utilizing Starfish Solutions software, faculty and other academic support personnel raise alert flags and/or make referrals to academic support units to help students explore the nature of the problem, and strategize interventions to help the student achieve satisfactory academic performance.

Ideally, an instructor will refer a student to the Student Success program utilizing Starfish Solutions software as early as possible in the semester so that appropriate interventions can be implemented. When students are referred, they are expected to meet in person with the instructor to discuss the instructor’s concerns and develop an appropriate intervention plan.  That plan may include meeting with the academic advisor to identify additional resources. Success plans can be documented in the Starfish Solutions software which allows the students’ progress to be monitored by all involved in the intervention plan.