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WELCOME TO THE START CENTER AT WESTMINSTER COLLEGE!

 

Academic advising is crucial to Westminster College’s student-centered mission.  It is a developmental process through which advisors work with individual students to create curricular choices designed to match the student’s life and career goals

 

Mission

The START Center provides a student-centered, intentional and collaborative partnership with undergraduates.  This partnership is one in which we work together to develop and empower students’ intellectual, education and personal growth.  Through the services we provide, we support the College mission and vision.

 

We offer the following services through the Center:  Academic Advising, Academic Support Services, Disability Services and Registration.

 

We academically advise students with fewer than 60 credit hours (Junior standing) who have not officially declared a major.  All students must meet with a faculty advisor to formally declare a major no later than the completion of 60 credit hours and continue to meet with a faculty advisor until graduation.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

YOUR START CENTER ADVISOR WILL:

 

WHAT YOUR ADVISOR WILL EXPECT FROM YOU:

Communicate Westminster’s curriculum, graduation requirements and academic policies and procedures

Become knowledgeable about Westminster’s curriculum, graduation requirements and academic policies and procedures

Explain your academic  progress by reviewing degree audits

Accept responsibility for academic decisions and performance

Assist you with planning educational programs consistent with your abilities and interests

Participate actively in the advising process and making decisions

Listen carefully to questions and concerns

Prepare a list of questions or concerns before each advising visit

Match your needs with available resources and make referrals

Follow through on suggested actions, resources, or referrals

Encourage regular appointments

Make on-going advising appointments

 

 

HOW DO I CONTACT THE START CENTER

 

Scheduling appointments

●  Appointments are scheduled for 30 – 60 minutes and will be scheduled for the next available opening.

●  Make an appointment by calling 801.832.2280.

●  If you are unable to keep your appointment, please call to cancel or reschedule as early as possible.

●  Prepare for the meeting

     ◌ Bring written questions/issues you plan to discuss with the advisor

     ◌ Review and bring your degree audit to your appointment

     ◌ If you need assistance with schedule planning or course selection, bring a draft schedule or a list of courses you’re considering.

●  Arrive a few minutes early and check in at the front desk

●  If you arrive more than 10 minutes late for an appointment, you may be asked to reschedule.

 

Walk-In

If you need a quick answer to a question or a referral, you can drop into the START Center for a short meeting of 15 minutes or less.  If your question requires more time than this, please make an appointment.  If your inquiry cannot be satisfactorily addressed within 15 minutes, it may be requested that you schedule an appointment.

●  Advisors see drop-in students on a first-come, first-serve basis.

●  During busy times – the first week of the semester and registration periods – wait times can be considerable and you may be asked to make an appointment.

 

ADVICE FROM ADVISORS:

●  Get to know your instructors/professors – visit with them periodically to ask questions about material you find difficult or to pursue ideas in depth.

●  Meet with a START Center or faculty advisor each semester (dependent on class standing).

●  Create an advising folder to organize your advising-related materials (e.g. degree audits, schedule plans, notes from advising meetings).

●  Read your WC email regularly.  This is how the college communicates with you.

●  Keep your address and phone information up-to-date in WebAdvisor.

●  Review your grades and degree audit in WebAdvisor at the end of each semester.

 

RECOMMENDED READING AND RESOURCES

●  Westminster College Academic Catalog

●  Student Handbook

●  Registrar’s web site

●  Canvas

●  Academic Calendar and Deadlines

●  Financial Aid and Scholarship web site

●  Career Resource Center

 

IN ORDER TO GRADUATE YOU MUST SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE:

●  A minimum of 124 credit hours, 30 of which must be upper division

●  All Liberal Education requirements

●  All major/minor requirements

●  Academic residency requirements

 

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