HILLTOPPER ADVISING CENTER
Additionally, we can:
To schedule an appointment with an advisor, please call (740) 774-7731 or email
Cristy Null – firstname.lastname@example.org
Martha Tanedo - email@example.com
Beth Barnes - firstname.lastname@example.org
Academic advisors are generally assigned by the major that you want to pursue. However, the advisors in the Hilltopper Advising Center are here to assist any student with the various majors and other questions they may have.
LIST OF PROGRAM ADVISORS AT OUC - List of Advisors
Hilltopper Advising Center Mission, Objectives and Value Statements:
Ohio University recognizes academic advising to
be a central element of the educational experience of its undergraduate
students. Advising is a collaborative relationship for which advisors and
students share responsibility and through which students create sound
educational plans consistent with their
It is the mission of the Hilltopper Advising Center to meet the needs of the Ohio University Chillicothe students by providing superior and impactful academic advising services necessary for successful skill development, personal, program and/or career goal completion. We support the students’ desire to further their education and develop skills needed for success in the greater community in which they participate.
· Be attentive, empathetic listeners, encouraging, friendly student advocates
· Assist students in making career, major, and course decisions and in setting realistic goals and making reasonable decisions.
· Teach students to be responsible and accountable for the actions that impact their success.
· Be a resource for academic program information
· Be sensitive to the needs of a diverse student population
· Assist students in navigating University processes, protocols and procedures with regard to academic calendar, course offerings, registration, DARS, graduation, grading, probation, etc.
· Provide responsive academic advising services along with other services to build a foundation for success.
We believe that the academic advising services we deliver provide a foundation for academic and personal success. Through our interactions with students, we want to build not only a broad knowledge base of college and curricular information but also critical thinking skills and a sense of personal responsibility for their own success. Our advisors have a strong desire to see each student succeed, and we are dedicated to providing the services, support and encouragement to assist the student in achieving his/her goals. Tough decisions sometimes need to be made along any path in life, including the academic path, but we believe with the right combination of personal accountability, assistance and advising services, any student can attain the goals they set forth to positively impact their lives.
Quarters to Semesters Transition (Q2S)
Ohio University is converting to semesters.
· Semester calendar will begin Fall of 2012
· If you intend to graduate before Fall of 2012, you will not be affected.
You will work closely with your OUC academic advisor to devise a plan to
select the proper course to allow you to continue uninterrupted with your
Prospective students will meet with an academic advisor for the first time during SOAR (Student Orientation and Registration). The advisor will help you select classes for the first time, based on placement test results, intended major, and course availability. For subsequent quarters, you will see your assigned academic advisor. If you do not know who your advisor is, you are welcome to see an advisor in the Hilltopper Advising Center. You are strongly encouraged to see an academic advisor each and every quarter while attending OUC.
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Transfer students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor at least one quarter before transferring to Ohio University Chillicothe. When meeting with an academic advisor, it is beneficial if you bring unofficial transcripts for this meeting. The advisor can then look at what might transfer into your new major and provide better feedback. Additionally, if you are transferring from another Ohio state college or university, you can access the on-line transfer guide at https://oh.transfer.org/cas/index.jsp.
Academic Success at OUC
There are many factors that contribute to academic success and academic difficulty. The Hilltopper Advising Center is here to provide assistance with those issues.
Workshops- While classes are in session, The Hilltopper Advising Center offers workshops every Friday to assist students in skills building and enhance college success skills.
· Friday’s at 12:00 noon- “How to choose a major”
· Friday’s at 1:00 p.m. –“How to read a DARS”
· Study Skills Courses- OUC offers both UC 112 and UC 116. These courses are designed to address reading speed, comprehension, note-taking, test taking, learning styles, time management, and of course, OUC information needed for success.
· Assistance with Disabilities- Student who have a documented physical or learning disability and who wish to seek assistance/accommodations in the college classroom should contact the Student Services office, so that we can begin the process of developing and implementing accommodations.
· Academic and Transfer Probation- Student’s whose cumulative grade point average drops below 2.0 will be placed on academic probation. Additionally students transferring in with less than a 2.0 grade point average may also be placed on transfer probation. The Hilltopper Advising Center can help students assess skills, obstacles, and make plans for increasing the grade point average.
Students on academic or transfer probation will be required to meet with an advisor each quarter to select courses and/or register. This is to ensure you are making well-informed decisions regarding classes, strategy, and other issues. Click here to see academic probation policy and information on how to remove deficiency points, and retaking a course. Academic Probation Policy
Also see the University College publication “The Ohio University Experience: A Guide to Academic Success” http://www.ohio.edu/univcollege/upload/2009-10OHIOFYExperience.pdf for a more in depth look at academic success at OU.
· GPA Calculator — Calculate your g.p.a and deficiency points. Just enter your hours attempted and grade points earned (you can find these on your DARS) and the grades you think you will earn in your current quarter classes to see what your overall grade point average will be. You can also enter your classes/grades for courses you will be repeating. www.cas.ohiou.edu/undergrad/qlinks/gpa_cal/GPAFull.asp
Choosing and declaring a major
Deciding on a major can be a daunting task, but once a decision is reached you may have greater confidence and a sense of direction.
· If you don’t know what to major in, try taking the FOCUS test. (Major & Career Resources) This popular tool is designed to help you assess your skills, values, and interests to provide suggestions at possible careers. Remember your access code is “ohiou329”.
· Does OU offer a degree in that area? Find out. Search for degrees offered at OU http://www.catalogs.ohio.edu/content.php?catoid=16&navoid=796
· Once you decide on a major, contact the Hilltopper Advising Center and an advisor can help you to fill out the proper form(s) to declare the major.
· Want to know what you can do with your major? http://www.ohio.edu/advising/major.cfm
· Other Career search websites and Information
Career Explorer - http://www.careerexplorer.net/
US Department of Labor Career Info Net - http://www.careerinfonet.org/
US Department of Labor CareerOneStop -http://www.careeronestop.org/
US Bureau of Labor and Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook -http://www.bls.gov/oco/home.htm
· Click here to see a presentation by University College on Choosing a Major http://www.ohio.edu/advising/major.cfm
The DARS (Degree Audit Report) is a tool used at OU which serves as a checklist of degree requirements. The DARS is a personalized document, so you should only follow the DARS that is prepared for you.
· For information on understanding your DARS report see: HOW TO READ A DARS
· Or look at these presentations reading/using the DARS and on-line DARS. http://www.chillicothe.ohiou.edu/pages/students/Help_Support/Tutorials.htm
· You can also access your DARS on-line and also request a “what-if” DARS for any major at OU. https://webapps.ohio.edu/oasis/dashboard/dashboard.htm
OHIO UNIVERSITY SITES
· See a list of majors by College - http://www.ohio.edu/univcollege/upload/OU%20Majors%20by%20College-2.pdf
· Wondering what to major in? Take the FOCUS test! www.ohio.edu/careers/students/focus.cfm
· Want to know what you can do with your major? http://www.ohio.edu/advising/major.cfm
Additional list of great websites compiled by University College- http://www.ohio.edu/univcollege/upload/Web%20Sites%20for%20Undecided%20Students.pdf
Other OU pages worth bookmarking
· Find the OU catalog- http://www.catalogs.ohio.edu/
· Career Services - Resources on
careers/jobs, resumes, interviews, etiquette:
· GPA Calculator — Calculate your g.p.a and deficiency points www.cas.ohiou.edu/undergrad/qlinks/gpa_cal/GPAFull.asp
· Online DARS– Print your current or what-if DARS on-line. Print a degree audit for any major or minor at OU. Available 24/7, have this important resource at your fingertips. https://webapps.ohio.edu/oasis/dashboard/dashboard.htm
· OUC Bookstore http://www.bkstr.com/
· Schedule of Classes – Don’t forget to use the “advanced search” to look for specific days, times, faculty, etc. http://webapps.ohio.edu/classes
· Office of the Bursar- Get specific details on paying your tuition!
· Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships - http://www.ohio.edu/financialaid/
· Office of the Registrar - http://www.ohio.edu/registrar/
· See the OU transfer admissions page for info about transferring. http://www.ohio.edu/admissions/transcredits/
· Transfer.org - See how credits will transfer to and from Ohio University- https://www.transfer.org/uselect/
· How do quarter hours convert to semester hours or vice versa? See this conversion chart. http://www.auburn.edu/semesters/conversion.html
· Military Transfer Info http://www.acenet.edu/Content/NavigationMenu/ProgramsServices/MilitaryPrograms/Transfer_Guide.htm
· ACT/COMPASS sample questions- http://www.act.org/compass/sample/index.html
· Praxis (PPST) http://www.ets.org/portal
· Free GRE prep http://www.ets.org/portal
1. What is the Hilltopper Advising
2. Why should I see an advisor?
3. What should I bring to an
appointment with an advisor?
4. What is a DARS?
5. What does it mean to be an
6. What is academic probation?
7. What if I don’t know who my advisor
is or I can’t find/reach them?
8. How can I change my assigned
9. What resources does the Hilltopper
Advising Center have?
10. How often should I meet with my
11. The class I want/need to take is full.
Or the class I want requires “permission” to enter. What do I do?
12. What is a “What-if” DARS?