Visit ACAC online at: www.nmu.edu/acac. The ACAC website is a comprehensive web resource for advising information:
Free academic support services are available for NMU students. Please visit www.nmu.edu/tutoring for detailed information about these resources, or click below to visit the resource of your choice:
Do any of your advisees experience academic difficulties not addressed by the services listed above? If so, the Academic and Career Advisement Center's Skill Development web page may prove helpful. The web-based resources are meant to be used as a means to facilitate discussion related to academic skill development.
For additional information, or to make a referral, please contact Bill Richards (Coordinator, Academic Support Services) at campus extension 2971.
Meeting with an advisee that is unsure about their major? Their career path? Their options?
ACAC offers an on-line career assessment for all NMU students. FOCUS V2 is a self-paced career and education planning tool. It enables students to assess their career-relevant personal qualities and explore career fields and major areas of study that are most compatible with their assessment results. Students who use FOCUS make better decisions about their goals and plans and learn how to self-manage their career selection.
If your advisees are interested in taking the Focus V2 Assessment, please have them schedule an appointment with an ACAC adviser to arrange for a user name & password. Appointments can be scheduled by calling campus extension 2971.
Are you working with a student that wants/needs to repeat a course? How will that course repeat impact their financial aid eligibility? You might be surprised.
Faculty advisers should become familiar with the NMU Financial Aid Repeat Policy. Knowledge of the policy is the best way to avoid potentially adverse financial aid situations related to repeating courses.
NMU's on-line Curriculum, Advising, and Program Planning (CAPP) Degree Evaluation program is available to students through mynmu.nmu.edu. Students have the capability of generating an unofficial degree evaluation for the program in which they are currently declared.
Advisers are also able to generate informal degree evaluations for their advisees. Directions are below:
Faculty are reminded that most, but not all, majors are available on CAPP. For a list of those major programs not available on CAPP,
Additionally, Course Substitutions/Waivers will not be applied until students are eligible to receive an official degree evaluation. Official degree evaluations are generated for baccalaureate students at 87 earned credit hours, associate students at 32 earned credit hours, and certificate students at 16 earned credit hours.
Faculty with questions on how to access online degree evaluations should first talk with their department head. They may also contact the Assistant Registrar, Sara Niemi, at 227-1350. Sara is in charge of the degree audit process and keeps online programs up-to-date. She specifically wants to hear from anyone who believes there is an error with the online evaluation system.
Each October and March, Degree Audit staff review records for undergraduate students eligible for an official degree evaluation: Bachelor candidates with 87 earned credits; Associate candidates with 36 earned credits; and Certificate/Diploma candidates with 16 earned credits. Once an evaluation is generated, students and their major department are notified by email that an official evaluation is available.
Important Registration Dates:
When thinking about making a course substitution, please keep in mind that substitutions may only be made if the specified criteria are met. The faculty adviser, with the support of the department head, may substitute a required course in their major or minor with another departmental course when:
The use of course substitutions and the waiving of requirements is restricted to 50 percent or less of the stipulated course requirements for each major or minor.
Change to Post-Baccalaureate degree requirements:
The Academic Senate and Provost recently approved a change to post-baccalaureate degree requirements. From this point forward, we will waive liberal studies and graduation requirements (health promotion, world cultures, and laboratory science course) for any student entering NMU as a post-baccalaureate who has earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited University. This means the only requirements post-baccalaureate students will need to complete are those required by the academic program they are pursuing. There are a couple of other things to keep in mind when working with post-baccalaureate students:
Some tips for advising student athletes:
If your student athlete advisee has questions that you cannot answer - please feel free to contact:
The 2009-2010 Undergraduate Bulletin allows users to query when certain courses are offered. This will be especially helpful if you work with a student who wants to plan out subsequent semesters, and needs to know during which semester(s) a course will be offered.
Need to know the pre-requisite or co-requisite for a particular course? Follow these steps:
The Center for Native American Studies offers a variety of classes during the summer sessions.
Many of the courses listed above fulfill Liberal Studies requirements. Course descriptions are available at www.nmu.edu/bulletin.
For more information about the programs and courses offered by the Center, visit www.nmu.edu/nativeamericans, or feel free to call 906-227-1397 (during business hours).
Advisers should know that students should take either the Math Placement or Math Diagnostic test prior to enrolling in CH 105, CH 107, or CH 111. Students will not be able to register for the above courses until an appropriate math placement result (or pre-requisite course) is in place. Advisers are also encouraged to refer to the course description section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for further clarification of math course prerequisites for the chemistry courses listed above.
CH 108 has been replaced with CH 109.
Questions should be directed to the Chemistry department, at campus extension 2911.
The College of Business provides several minor programs that are well-aligned with most non-business major programs. Current College of Business minor offerings are: Accounting, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Office Services.
For more information, please visit www.nmu.edu/bizminors.
Students interested in pursuing a Criminal Justice degree should meet with advisers in the Criminal Justice department. Faculty in that department use advising sheets specific to their academic program to advise students. It is best if students are advised using the Criminal Justice department's specific advising sheets.
Before your advisees register for EC 101, they should consider:
All Secondary Education English majors and minors who are preparing to student teach in the winter 2011 semester should email Professor Tom Hyslop at email@example.com to provide the information requested information below. This information is necessary in order to be enrolled in EN 350 (Teaching of English - Secondary Methods) during the fall 2010 semester. Enrollment for this course is by instructor permission only.
NMU ID #
Accepted to Methods Yes/No
Taken and passed MTTC Basic Skills Test Yes/No
Planning to student teach Winter 2011 Yes/No
Summer course offering highlights:
Three writing workshops will be conducted by visiting writers:
All mathematics courses have the prerequisites included with the course descriptions. If your advisees do not have the prerequisites for a course, the Banner system will not permit them to sign up for that particular class. If the student believes he/she has the correct prerequisite for a class and cannot sign up, have him/her contact the Mathematics and Computer Science department office.
There are two placement exams, and it is important that students take the correct test:
Selecting the appropriate Mathematics course:
Additional information for Elementary Education students:
Proper language course placement is essential to student success and satisfaction with their language course. When advising students about language courses, it is important to follow these guidelines:
New Course Offering:
The Department of Modern Languages will be offering a new course under LG317 World Studies, called "Russian Mysteries.” It is a class on Russian short stories in translation. The selection of the short stories from Chekhov, Gogol, and other well-known Russian authors is based specifically on their unusual nature with bizarre characters like phantoms, spooks, and even a walking nose. The class will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-5:40.
The Music department would like advisers to remind students that choose to MINOR in music that their course curriculum must be approved by Professor Donald Grant (department head). Contact information: (906) 227-1039 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder: International students need to be enrolled in at least 12 credits at the 100 level or higher to stay in good immigration status. Questions can be directed to either Angela Maki at email@example.com or Rehema Clarken at firstname.lastname@example.org. Both at campus extension 2510.
NMU sends students to study abroad in a variety of placement settings: 1:1 exchanges, service learning internships, university direct enroll, and traditional cultural/language immersion centers. Programs range from short-term field experiences, led by NMU faculty members, to a semester or academic year abroad.
The Adviser's Role:
NMU's Physics department would like to remind advisers that students enrolled in major programs that require physics courses (PH 201, PH 202, PH 220, PH 221), should take the required physics course PRIOR to their senior year. This allows for the most flexibility in the case that the course needs to be repeated.
For students with either Political Science or Public Administration minors, please be aware that if following an Undergraduate Bulletin that is 2005-2006 or newer and they earn less than a C in a PS course, it will not count towards their minor.
This same policy applies to all Political Science majors as well.
New Course Offering:
The Psychology Department is offering PY400 in the summer 2010 semester, online. The course focuses on the development of modern psychology: early work on the nervous system, influence of evolutionary theory on comparative psychology, German and American pioneers of experimental psychology, the application of psychological ideas to mental testing, early middle and later ideas on mental illness and its treatment, the rise of cognitive psychology and a review of modern fields within the discipline. Please feel free to contact Harry Whitaker, email@example.com if you have questions about the suitability of the course for any of your advisees.