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Idaho State University continues ‘Be Advised’ program to benefit students

Posted March 22, 2011

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 Central Academic Advising. "Interaction with departmental faculty who are experts in their field provides an advantage to any student who seeks it."

The campaign led by Central Academic Advising, a unit of the Student Success Center, directs students to 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 also 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 Web site 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.

Registration assistance is available during regular business hours in the Office of the Registrar and Central Academic Advising centers in Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Meridian, and Twin Falls.

The registration schedule for Fall semester 2011 is as follows: 

Online registration begins at 12:01 am for each Class Level

• Senior, Graduate, Post Baccalaureate (90 or more credits), Monday, April 18

• Junior (58 or more credits), Wednesday, April 20

• Sophomore (26 or more credits), Friday, April 22

• Freshman (25 or fewer), Monday, April 25

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

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