Academic and Career Advisement Center
Visit ACAC online at: www.nmu.edu/acac. The ACAC website is a comprehensive web resource for advising information:
Academic Support Services
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, online career and education planning tool. It enables students to self-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.
Financial Aid Office
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.
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 on the Academic Computing Services website: www.acs.nmu.edu.
Online Degree Evaluation
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, visit: /records/node/37.
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.
Student Athlete Advising
Some tips for advising student athletes:
If your student athlete advisee has questions that you cannot answer – please feel free to contact:
Undergraduate Bulletin: When are Courses Offered?
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.
Center for Native American Studies
The Center for Native American Studies is pleased to offer the following courses during the winter 2010 semester:
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 will not be offered during the winter 2010 semester, and will very likely be offered infrequently in future semesters. CH 108 has been replaced with CH 109.
Questions should be directed to the Chemistry department, at campus extension 2911.
College of Business
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:
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 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 Y/N
Taken and passed MTTC Basic Skills Test Y/N
Planning to student teach winter 2010 Y/N
Mathematics and Computer Science
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:
Modern Languages and Literatures
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 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.
Office of International Programs
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.
Political Science and Public Administration
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.
From Carol Strauss (Modern Languages and Literatures department):
Reminder: Many academic majors require that students also complete a minor as part of their overall degree requirements. Minors are listed in the program requirements for the major, but can sometimes be easily overlooked. Please take caution to notice minor requirements when advising students.
From Jane Milkie (School of Art and Design):
S/U grades are translated by many graduate schools as “C” grades. Please keep this in mind if advising a student that plans to pursue graduate school.