The College of Education and Human Development is committed to providing you with effective academic advisement and we encourage you to take advantage of the support services our College has to offer.
Your academic advisor and/or advising center can be an invaluable resource to you. Remember to schedule meetings each year to ensure you’re on track and that your goals and interests are being met.
In addition, we participate in the Blue Hen Success Collaborative (BHSC) system that uses predictive analytics and real-time data to help advisors recognize and intervene with students in need of support. Advisors use BHSC to proactively connect students to the appropriate support services — such as academic assistance, financial aid or career services — which can sometimes be difficult for students to navigate on their own.
To get the most from your next advisement appointment, check out our helpful hints listed below.
If you aren’t sure who your faculty advisor is, you can find out by accessing the UDSIS system. Or contact a member of our College advisement team listed below:
CEHD Student Services Office
Kristine Ritz Coll, Senior Assistant Dean
106 Alison Hall West
College of Education & Human Development
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: (302) 831-2396
Fax: (302) 831-4605
Email: Student Services
As a student in the College of Education and Human Development, we want you to succeed. We will work with you to ensure you get the most out of your education, both during your time on campus and afterward – once you join your profession. To help you on your journey, it is important that you understand your role, to help us fulfill ours.
As a student, you have the responsibility to:
- contact your advisor to schedule an appointment when required or when you need assistance;
- read the undergraduate catalog and official student handbook carefully and adhere to all academic policies, procedures, and degree requirements;
- access the UDSIS system regularly to assist you in monitoring your academic progress;
- prepare for advisement sessions and bring appropriate information and materials;
- follow through on recommendations, referrals and tasks discussed during advisement sessions; and
- accept ultimate responsibility for your academic decisions and actions.
Your Advisors have the responsibility to:
- help you develop realistic educational and career goals, and assist you in planning an academic program consistent with your interests and abilities;
- assist you with monitoring your academic progress;
- provide guidance if you are in need of academic, financial or personal support;
- answer questions regarding academic policies, procedures and requirements;
- inform you of special academic opportunities and refer you to other university support services, when appropriate; and
- discuss career opportunities related to your academic program.
To ensure you get the most out of your Advisement session, please review these Helpful Hints:
- Come prepared. It may help to ask yourself:
- Why did I schedule this appointment?
- Have I reviewed my major requirements and created a list of questions?
- Ifyou are meeting to discuss registration for the upcoming semester, have you reviewed the course offerings in UDSIS and outlined the courses you are considering?
- Arrive promptly! Double check where their office is located, and keep their phone number handy just in case you’re running late and need to call to let them know.
- Ask Questions. Since academic decisions are ultimately your responsibility, make sure you ask questions during advisement appointments. If you don’t understand a requirement or are not clear on a UD policy or procedure, your advisor can assist you in finding out those answers.
- Don’t be afraid to bring up sensitive issues (i.e. failing a class, financial and/or personal problems). Tell your advisor about things that may be affecting your ability to do your best.
- Remember to thank them for their time. This may seem obvious but it is especially important to thank them if they have written a recommendation, sent you information about a scholarship, or hooked you up with that internship you have been dreaming of!
- Follow up. Don’t forget to follow up on any referrals that your advisor has given you (i.e. writing center, tutoring, counseling center, study abroad).
Advisory Benefits by Year
Be aware of what you are expected to undertake each year.
Don’t wait until the last minute to make an appointment with your advisor.
You have a huge learning curve this year, and your advisor can be a great resource in helping you make a smooth transition to UD. It is important that you understand your degree requirements, the registration process, any benchmarks or clearances required for your major, and be aware of important deadlines. Other items to discuss with your advisor are minors, study abroad, and undergraduate research.
Meeting with your advisor will ensure that you are following the right course sequence for your major. If you fail to follow the proper sequence, you may not be able to continue into upper level courses. In addition, this is a great year to discuss study abroad, summer internships, and other research opportunities.
Review your academic progress with your advisor. Verify your graduation term and make sure it is accurate in the UDSIS system. It is critical that you understand what degree requirements you have left to complete, so that you can plan appropriately for the next few semesters. This is also a good time to start discussing your plans for after graduation.
It went by fast didn’t it? During your senior year, your advisor can serve as a support and resource person as you move towards graduation and starting your career. Early in your senior year is the time to finalize letters of recommendation and lists of references for employment and graduate school applications.
And of course, remember to make a final check on your degree progress to ensure you are on schedule to complete all your requirements.
You can print your Senior To-Do List, HERE!
As you reflect on your time at the University of Delaware, please join your fellow classmates and make a contribution back to UD in honor of your experience and memories during the Senior Class Gift Campaign.