Advising at DSU
Consistent with the commitment of Dakota State University to personalize education, an academic advisor is assigned to each student. New students are introduced to their advisor during the first week of their first semester. Subsequently, students should meet with their advisor in order to get acquainted and discuss career and educational plans. Thereafter, students meet on a regular basis with their advisor to assess progress and discuss pre-registration procedures for the next semester. The advisor is the advisee's primary contact for planning and maintaining an academic program. Information related to curriculum, schedules, grades, etc., is given by appropriate offices to the advisor, who in turn informs the student. Student's questions should be directed to their advisor who will either answer them immediately or get the answers and relay them to the student. Advisors should minimize the need to send their advisees to third parties for information; however, advisors will make appropriate referrals when additional services are needed by the student.
Assigning Advisors to Students
Students with a declared major are assigned an advisor who is a member of the college that is responsible for that major. The advisor is assigned by the dean's office. The dean of each college is responsible for maintaining and evaluating the advising system within that academic unit. The Vice President for Academic Affairs is responsible for maintaining and evaluating the overall advising system.
Students who are undeclared, no preference, or are considering changing majors are also assigned an advisor. Students may enter the university as undeclared within a college, and provisions for advising are made by that college.
Many DSU students change majors at least once. Changing majors is a simple process that requires completion of a Change of Program form. Students seeking to change their major should be referred to an advisor in the new major. The Change of Program Form is available at any time for students in the dean's office or on-line. Change of Program Form
Students who change their major usually change their advisor. However, we have a no-questions-asked policy for changing advisors; students can change advisors for any reason.
Meeting with Your Advisor
Each semester, students are strongly encouraged to meet with their advisor. During these sessions, advisors and students should:
- Evaluate the student's suitability to major in the chosen discipline;
- Review the requirements for the degree, any special options, and possible electives;
- Identify deficiencies in the student's record and ways to correct them;
- Discuss career and graduate school options; and
- Discuss extra curricular activity opportunities.