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:
Meeting with an advisee that is unsure about their major? Their career path? Their options?
The following information sessions, hosted by the Academic and Career Advisement Center and the academic departments listed below, are scheduled for March 2009:
The immediate return of the NMU Notebook is required upon complete withdrawal from NMU, graduation from NMU, non-payment of required fees, or notification by NMU of the required Notebook computer return. Detailed information regarding return dates, guidelines, and instructions can be found here: www.acs.nmu.edu.
NMU’s on-line Curriculum, Advising, and Program Planning (CAPP) Degree Evaluation program is available to students through mynmu.nmu.edu. Students now have the capability of generating an unofficial degree evaluation for the program in which they are currently enrolled.
Advisers are still 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, visit: /records/node/41
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.
In 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.
Some tips for advising student athletes:
If your student athlete advisee has questions that you cannot answer – please feel free to contact:
The 2008-2009 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.
Academic Information Services will offer a special topics course for the fall 2009 semester:
AIS 495, Special Topics in Library and Information Science: Global Issues in Information (2.0 credits). Prerequisite of junior standing.
The course will examine the various issues in information creation and access across the world, including (but not limited to) censorship, technology, economics, scholarly communication, ownership of information, and the ethics of information use.
NMU’s Chemistry department has instituted a formal process for checking the math skills of students who wish to enroll in introductory chemistry courses. 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. 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.
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:
While selecting courses for summer and/or fall 2009, advisers need to be aware that there are several courses in the Education program that will no longer be offered during the summer sessions. These courses are:
Those students choosing a major or minor in English Secondary Education should take EN 350 (Materials and Methods of Teaching English) the semester just prior to their student teaching semester.
Those students who are eligible to student teach in fall 2009 should contact Professor Tom Hyslop via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those students who are eligible to student teach in winter 2010 should contact Dr. Kia Jane Richmond via email at email@example.com. The following information should be included:
Minor (or 2nd major)
Accepted to Methods Yes/No
Taken and passed MTTC Basic Skills Test Yes/No
Planning to student teach winter 2010 Yes/No
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.
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:
The Modern Languages and Literatures department will offer a German language course (GR 102) in fall 2009. This course would be for students who have taken first semester German, or who have had one or two years of German in high school. In the past, GR 102 was offered only in the winter semester. For further clarification, please contact Associate Professor Carol Strauss Sotiropoulos via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
The Nursing department is in the process of revising their curriculum for fall 2009 and advisers should be aware of the following:
For questions pertaining to NMU's Nursing programs, contact the School of Nursing office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 906-227-2834.
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 advisees 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.
The Psychology department will be offering two new courses for the 2009 summer session:
Both are web-based courses, and begin on May 18th.