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Idaho State University continues “Be Advised” campaign for students

Posted March 30, 2010

Idaho State University is continuing its “Be Advised” campaign to encourage students to reap the benefits of good advising prior to registering for fall classes in April.

“Advising is the cornerstone of a successful experience at Idaho State University,” said JoAnn Hertz, director of ISU academic advising. “Interaction with departmental faculty who are experts in their field provides an advantage to any student who seeks it.”

The campaign by the ISU Division of Enrollment Management directs students on how to best pursue the information they need to progress towards attaining their chosen degree program.

The benefits of advising are many and include:

• direct student contact with faculty from their chosen discipline;

• access to up-to-date information from the department;

• assistance with long-range degree completion planning;

• opportunity to expand discipline knowledge on an informal basis;

• understand what is needed to stay on track to graduation; and

• referrals and invitations to relevant learning opportunities outside of the classroom.

 “With proper advising students will benefit by developing a professional relationship with a professor who can write recommendation letters for research or internship opportunities or serve as a scholarship reference,” Hertz said. “Faculty advisors can also help with career questions and graduate school applications.”

Advisors and advisees have a shared responsibility when it comes to the advising relationship. Students can expect advisors to provide information, be accessible, encourage educational engagement and assist with attaining educational goals.

Advisors can expect students to meet with them each semester, read the catalog or website information, be prepared for the advising session, bring questions to the advising session and to assume final responsibility for course scheduling, program planning and the successful completion of graduation requirements.

Idaho State University is in the midst of a three-year project to upgrade its electronic services. A new Internet portal, BengalWeb, replaces the familiar MyISU portal. Students are encouraged to go to bengalweb.isu.edu to find out about BengalWeb and all of the services it provides.

Registration opens in Self Service Banner at 8 a.m. Registration assistance is available during regular business hours in the Office of the Registrar and the Academic Advising Centers in Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Meridian and Twin Falls.

The registration schedule for fall semester 2010 is as follows:


• New freshman registration will take place April 13-16 (visit www.isu.edu/advising/NFR.shtml for more on freshmen registration or call the number below).

• Senior (90 or more credits) online registration begins at 8 a.m. April 19,

• Junior (58 or more credits) online registration begins 8 a.m. April 21,

• Sophomore (26 or more credits) online registration begins at 8 a.m. April 23

• Freshman (25 or fewer) online registration begins 8 a.m. April 26.

For more information, contact ISU Academic Advising Center at (208) 282-3277 or hertjoan@isu.edu.

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About Idaho State University

Idaho State University, a Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution founded in 1901, educates approximately 14,000 students per year in more than 280 programs. It is Idaho’s lead institution in health professions and medical education. Its seven colleges engage in a broad range of innovative research, teaching, and learning in the natural and physical sciences, humanities, performing and visual arts, education, engineering, business, pharmacy, and technology. Visit ISU today at www.isu.edu.