2016-2017 Academic Catalog: Academic Advising

Academic Advising is an integral part of the Wentworth student experience. The primary objective of academic advising is to support students in taking full advantage of the learning environment and resources at Wentworth.  Wentworth's academic advisors assist students in becoming self-aware of their interests, talents, values, and priorities.  They facilitate the connection between a student's academic experience and future life plans. In essence, the goal of Wentworth's advising system is to equip students with the tools and resources necessary to negotiate higher education.

All students are assigned an advisor from their discipline. Advisors counsel students on curricular matters, monitor academic progress of assigned students, review academic policies and procedures when necessary, review students’ course selections prior to registration, and answer questions regarding their career and educational objectives. First-year students will not be able to register for spring or fall courses without obtaining a Registration Access Code from their advisor. They will be introduced to their advisor during Wentworth Opening Week (WOW) or within the first few days of classes.

Students are encouraged to discuss academic problems and seek help from their instructors and advisors as early as possible. In addition, the Center for Academic Excellence provides many resources to help students reach their full learning potential and exceed academically.

How to build a relationship with your advisor

  • Find your academic advisor: ask your academic department or look them up online.
  • Create a two-way street: don’t be afraid to contact your advisor first!
  • Your advisor will contact you during key times, such as course registration, however, you are expected and encouraged to reach out to get to know your academic advisor.
  • Stop by your advisor’s office, send an email, or make an appointment to talk about how things are going.

Meetings with your advisor

  • Find out when registration and other important events on the academic calendar occur. To avoid a rushed or stressful meeting, schedule an appointment with your advisor about two weeks before any deadlines. This will give you time to arrange a meeting and reflect on your conversation before making any decisions.
  • Your meetings with your advisor will be more beneficial to you if you are prepared.  Before the meeting, think about what you want to talk about and gather any relevant documents.
  • Keep a personalized, up to date copy of your departmental tracking sheet and bring it to your meetings. It is also a good idea to be familiar with the student handbook and catalogue before you meet with your advisor. 
  • Review degree audit in LConnect for accuracy against tracking sheet. 
  • Your advisor is there to help you, but you are responsible for reaching out to your advisor. Whether classes are good or you struggling, whether you have ideas about co-op or you’re lost, reach out and talk with your advisor regularly.
  • Ask your advisor questions about the field, past successful students, area of expertise or graduate school and work experience. One great question: What their favorite class to teach is and why.

Your advisor can help you with

Course Registration

  • In your first year, your academic advisor will provide you with a Registration Access Code (RAC) needed to register for spring or summer courses.  This ensures that you check in with your advisor to review your proposed class schedule. 
  • After the first year, most students will use Departmental Tracking Sheet to identify which courses to take each semester.  Be sure to review this sheet in advance of course registration and ask your advisor if you have any questions.
  • If you are off track, meaning that you have advanced placement credit, transferred credit in, withdrew or failed a class or otherwise did not follow the tracking sheet - plan to meet with your advisor every semester for course registration advice.  Try to meet with your advisor in the middle of the semester to give you both time to adequately plan for course registration.
  • General guidelines for course registration, including questions about time conflicts and schedule guidelines can be found on the Student Services Website.

Course Withdrawals and/or Failures

  • If you withdraw after the add/drop period is over (generally the first week of classes) discuss the impact of this withdrawal with your advisor as this may affect financial status, the ability to live on campus, fully participate in campus clubs and/or athletic participation, especially if you plan to drop below 12 credits.  International students are strongly encouraged to speak with a staff member in the International Services Office as this may affect their status.
  • To withdraw from a class, ask your academic advisor to sign withdrawal form.

Majors and Minors

  • You have been admitted to an academic major and major-specific classes begin in the first semester.  There are no undeclared students at Wentworth.
  • If you wish to change your major, discuss this with your advisor. To change majors, you must meet with the Department Chair of the major you are considering. More information about this process and the impact can be found here.  Students who change majors will be assigned a new advisor in the new major.
  • A number of exciting minors are available at Wentworth. Minors are declared in consultation with your advisor after the first semester. Discuss a potential minor with your advisor to develop a plan for required classes. After discussing the minor options with your advisor, follow the minor declaration process.

Academic Difficulties and Probation

  • If you are experiencing academic difficulty in a class, receive an Academic Warning (LINK to new page) and/or Academic Probation speak with your academic advisor and faculty as soon as possible.
  • Early and active outreach to academic advisors and faculty can help you get back on track.
  • The Center for Academic Excellence has a wide variety of methods to support your success:
    • Individual one on one tutoring,
    • Learning Labs
    • Course specific review sessions
    • Faculty led facilitated study groups (FSGs) and group tutoring options
    • Individual academic coaching and mentoring
    • Workshops like our Good to Great program which help you become a stronger, more efficient student.

You are encouraged to come in early and often to the Center for Academic Excellence to strengthen your learning strategies, talk about a confusing concept, and review content.

  • The Center for Wellness and Disability Services provides free mental health counseling as well as information about accommodations.

Co-op

  • Faculty typically have professional connections, work and scholarly research experience. In addition, they have years of experience advising students seeking co-ops and debriefing with students who have just returned from co-ops.  They are great resources for students to discuss potential for co-ops options.
  • Your advisor can help you think about new areas of your field based on your interests, talents and experiences in academic and other pursuits. 
  • In addition to your advisor, the Co-ops and Careers Office maintains advisor for each major who can assist you with planning for your co-op.