University 101 Programs

Navigating Advising at USC

A "Navigating Advising at USC" is a presentation developed to provide crucial information about the advising process at USC.  First-year students have many questions about the advisement process and typically are not sure who to ask.  The U101 classroom is an ideal place to help students with these issues.  Through activities, handouts, a Q&A session, and a brief Prezi presentation, the presenter is able to put students at ease, and make their introduction to the USC advisement experience as easy as possible.

Learning Outcomes

The Navigating Advising at USC presentation supports University 101 learning outcomes:

I. Foster Academic Success
Identify relevant academic policies, processes, and procedures related to advising.
This presentation will address the procedures related to advising including finding and contacting their departmental advisor, how to prepare for the advising appointment, the process of how to change their major, and how registration will occur.  We also discuss professional email communication, and refer to resources to help students understand academic policies, procedures, and policies.

II. Help Students Discover and Connect with the University of South Carolina
Identify appropriate campus resources and opportunities that contribute to their educational experience, goals, and campus engagement.
We outline several ways to find out who their departmental advisors are and how to contact them.  Many students do not understand that their advisors are essential campus resources for their academic success and making contact with them early on will ease the experience of navigating requirements for majors and minors and registering for classes.  We also discuss many of the offices on campus such as the Student Success Center, Office of Pre-Professional Advising (OPAA), and the Career Center.

b. Develop and apply skills that contribute to building positive relationships with peers.
We stress that the relationship between an advisor and student should be an interactive one that allows for discussion of ideas and goals.  This relationship should be encouraged and utilized by the student to allow for a better understanding of the requirements of their major but also a greater understanding of why they are interesting in their major, future career plans, and potential for experiential learning opportunities that will enrich their education at USC.

As a result of attending this presentation students will:

  • Know how the advising process works at USC
  • Understand what it means to make intentional academic decisions
  • Understand the roles of both the advisor and advisee in the advising process
  • Know how to be a good advisee
  • Know how to prepare for a departmental advisement appointment

Presentation Description

The presenters of this presentation will be staff from the Cross Campus Advising program, typically an undergraduate Peer Advisor.  Professional staff and graduate assistants may fill in, if needed.  The format includes class discussion, and interactive small and large group activities.  There will be several handouts distributed during the presentation.

We discuss departmental advising in terms of:

  • How to find who your advisor is
  • How to prepare for a departmental advising appointment
  • What a department advising appointment looks like
  • The requirement to see a departmental advisor each semester

We discuss Cross Campus Advising in terms of:

  • Our program provides optional supplemental advising
  • We can be a resource for students looking to change majors, clarify information from a departmental advisor, and for those who have questions about requirements at USC.
  • What an appointment with CCA looks like, how it is different from departmental advising, and how to prepare for it
  • Other services in the Student Success Center that can help them succeed

Presentation Length
50 minutes