Academic Transitions Program(ATP) Preparation for New WKU Students
We are here...What to learn? Talk through the ATP season Tips for success at ATP New things to keep in mind regarding ATP Processes prior to ATP Growth from experience... Basics of Advising Anything else you want answered
TALK IS CHEAP BUT TALK ABOUT ATP IS PRICELESS Discuss the following: (1) Three strategies you use in your advising at ATP that differ from your “normal advising” appointment (2) Three things you always wanted to know about ATP but haven’t (3) Tips for the new advisor or for the seasoned advisor regarding a successful ATP advising day
Tips! Tips! Tips! Success Tips! Customer service is key –Honesty –Effort –Accuracy Make no assumptions –General Education Requirements –Scheduling –Locations
What type of Students we are working with We are working with the “Millennial” generation of students –Parents lives revolve around them –Constant contact with friends-Text messaging –Nurtured, wanted generation Individual attention in needed –What is the first thing we ask a student when working with them? –How many times have you been through the ATP process? How many times has the student been through the ATP process?
That’s what happens Emails to departments regarding the AARC Pre-Registration Program (early Feb.) Actual Pre- Registration will begin shortly after Scholars ATP AARC does not pre- register students for Math or Chemistry AARC also does not pre-register transfer students with more than 24 hours AARC does not pre- register students for the Scholars ATP that is coming up on March 17 (2 weeks!) Packets are delivered two days prior to the ATP (students can register for an ATP session three days before the ATP)
What is in the ATP Pre-Registration Packet? Money? HA! The packets do have: –Advising Basics –Advance Registration Letters –Schedules (yellow sheet) –List of expected students to attend your department during ATP –Other items (depending on college/department)
When they get to us? Do they know anything about advising? During Orientation Assembly, they are briefly hear about General Education Requirements at WKU –Told where to find general education requirements in the Registration Guide Students are also given an “ATP Student Booklet.” –This booklet contains information regarding academic advising at WKU –Also has the expectations for the advisor/advisee relationship –iCAP is briefly mentioned in this booklet as well They do NOT have an Undergraduate Catalog. Course Schedule-Paper Version
Here come the Students! Students arrive to the “Meet the Dean” sessions at approximately 12:15 (except for Scholars ATP-1p.m.) After this session, students taken to departments for advising/registration process within department Exploratory students who also are not Exploratory under a specific college will be advised in AARC AARC also serves as the “Help Lab” for students who arrive at the Finish Line and have issues with their schedules/and or did not have a positive advising experience in their college/department
So Now what to I do with these students? First time experiences Hello Mr. 800421402 and Ms. 800412204! Welcome to ATP!!! Each of us has a process-talk them through that experience-put their minds at ease Clear as Mud –CRN Number –ATP –AARC –CHHS –ACE –GFCOB –MWF –TR –Course subjects –Locations –DUC –Finish Line
Developmental Information (Reading) Reading Developmental Information –Students with a 17 or lower on the reading section of the ACT MUST take DRDG 080C-College Reading Strategies. –Students with a 18 or 19 on the reading section of the ACT MUST take Literacy 199. –LTCY 199 should be linked with a higher level reading course (HIST 119/120, PSY 100, SOC 100, etc.) –As with English developmental courses, students need to take these courses as soon as possible. There should not be a delay in taking these courses. –Students must earn a “C” or higher to pass the course. A grade of a “D” or an “F” will force the student to retake the course (DRDG 080C). –DRDG 080C is Commonwealth School and LTY 199 is Main Campus
Courses to Avoid... If a student is taking DRDG 080C, what are some courses to avoid? –History 119/120 –Sociology 100 –Psychology 100/199 –Philosophy courses –Religious Studies courses –Generally courses that require a large amount of reading
Developmental Information (English) English Developmental Information –If students have between a 0 and a 12 on the English section of ACT, they must take DENG 055 Enhanced. –If students have a 15 or below on the English section of the ACT, they must take English 055C at Commonwealth School. –If students have a 16 or 17 on the English section of the ACT, they must take English 100 Enhanced. –Students must earn a “C” or higher to progress to English 100 in the DENG 055 courses. Information for English Courses –Students who earn a 18-28 on the English section of the ACT take English 100. –An ACT 29 or higher earns the student credit in ENG 100 Remember to ask students if they will bring in AP Credit in English. If they will, do NOT schedule them for ENG 100.- BIG ON SCHOLARS DAY
Advising for Math Developmental Mathematics –See the Math Placement Chart –Found on the Math Department website or linked through the Advisor Information tab on the AARC website Non-Developmental Mathematics –See the Math Placement Chart Remember, when it doubt, contact the Math Department for all of your questions (5-3652)
Math Advice Continues Math 109 or Math 116 or above –22 on ACT is HUGE-CPE Mandates it puts a student into a Math 116 (could be Math 116E) –Not all students must take Math 116 or above-It depends on the major/minor/department and college. –When uncertain, contact the specific department or college. Developmental courses –If students only require Math 109, they do not need to take a developmental course. (they may have to take an enhanced section) –If it is a developmental course the path could be DMA 055C (Commonwealth School), DMA 096C (main campus and Commonwealth School), Math 116/Math 116E (depends on grade in DMA 096 course). –In order to move to the next level of developmental math course, students must earn a “C” or higher. If they get a “D” or a “F” they must retake the course.
Advising for Modern Languages Placement Policy of 2000/2004 Students who begin their college career as degree- seeking students during the 2004 summer term and thereafter will be required to complete a second– semester elementary foreign language course (or any higher-level course). What about international students? Students who earned two or more credits for language study in middle or high school may not enroll as beginners in a 101 course in that same language. They must begin at the 102 level or higher if they want to continue that same language at WKU. Students may choose to enroll in a 101 course in a language different from the one they studied in high school and complete 101 and 102 in that new language. From Susanne Davis
Advising for Modern Languages Students with no high school language experience WKU will admit students who have not completed the pre-college curriculum, but they must make up this entrance deficiency by passing a 101 (first- semester elementary level) course in any foreign language within the first 24 credit hours of their WKU studies. These students must also complete a 102 course to satisfy the General Education Requirement. From Susann Davis
Advising for Modern Languages WKU Placement test –Students who come to Western with strong language skills or who have had more than 2 years of high school language study in a language should take a departmental placement exam to see if they can place into a course higher than 102. The French, German, and Spanish placement exams are available online at http://www.wku.edu/modernlanguages. The exam takes approximately 20 minutes and scores are automatically reported to the Department of Modern Languages. For exams in other languages, please contact the Department of Modern Languages at (270) 745-2401. http://www.wku.edu/modernlanguages –Modern Languages: 745-2401 –Susann Davis: 745-6478 –From Susanne Davis
Advising & Registering of Students Every student is different! Strategies might have to be as well. Students should be advised and registered with your department/college during this process. AARC is a help lab but the registration process should happen in your department. Make sure students leave with a printed off schedule of their schedule. The “Finish Line” will be making sure they do.
You got questions? We will have some answers! Academic Advising & Retention Center –Prior to ATP sessions feel free to contact me at AARC at 270-745-2304 –During ATP, call 745-2178 (TLC Computer Lab), 745-6254 (TLC), or 270-792-9233 (cell) and again ask for me. ATP Help Room –Call 745-6416 Orientation Office –General ATP Questions –Profile Sheet Questions –Math Placement Exam Scores (not entered) –Call 745-4242 STEPS Questions –Call 270-745-2178 and ask for Alisha Smith
The End? Nope-With ATP it is just the Beginning! Questions, praises, confusions, or anything else relevant?
Honors Graduation Requirements Honors Curriculum –9 hours of Honors General Education –3 hours of Honors Core –6 hours of Honors electives –6 hours of Honors upper division electives –3 hours of Honors upper division in the major –6 hours of Capstone Experience/Thesis (CE/T) Minimum of 33 credit hours in Honors Must maintain a 3.2 GPA
Honors General Education 9 hours of Honors General Education –Must be in 3 of the 6 General Education Categories A: ENG 100, ENG 300, SPAN 102, FREN 102, CD 102, CHNF 102, COMM 145 & COMM 161 B: ENG 200, ENG 398, AMS 180, ART 100, MUS 120, MUS 326, MUS 327, PHIL 201 & THEA 151 C: ANTH 130, ECON 150, ECON 202, GERO 100, HIST 119, HIST 120, PS 110, PS 250, PSY 100, PSY 199, SWRK 101, SOC 100 & WOMN 200 D: ASTR 106, ASTR 214, BIOL 120, BIOL 122, CHEM 120, ENV 280, GEOG 100, GEOG 121, GEOL 111/113, MATH 109 & MATH 126 E: AFAM 190, ANTH 120, COMM 263, DANC 360, FLK 280 & GEOG 110 F: CFS 111, DANC 311, DANC 313, DANC 317 & MIL 101
General Honors Course Info What is the Honors Core? –A discussion based course, similar to the Honors Colloquia –3 credit hours, 4 contact hours –Highly encouraged for first semester Honors Electives (any level course) Honors Upper Division Electives –any 300 or 400 level course –Can be in the major Honors Upper Division in the Major –any 300 or 400 level course –requirement of a major CE/T –3 hours of HON 403 and 3 hours of HON 404 –There are exceptions to the HON 403
First Semester Freshman 9 Honors hours in the first year at WKU –Try for 6 Honors hours in the fall –3 Honors hours are acceptable for the fall –MUST understand that they need 9 in the first year –Hours act like “roll over minutes” –More Honors hours = better Honors housing –MUST keep a 3.2 GPA
ATP Days Sign Honors students up for 6 hours of Honors credit Sign Honors eligible students up for 3 hours upon request For more information on ATP days, we are in DUC 310 –Amy Chester for Advising –Lindsey Westerfield for Admissions
Honors Advisor On ATP Day –Always welcome to visit with Honors during the ATP –DUC 310 Any Other Day –Honors Center (house across from Planetarium) –745-3020 –firstname.lastname@example.org@wku.edu –www.wku.edu/honorswww.wku.edu/honors
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