Academic Services Academic Advising
The Center For Academic Services
Policy and Procedures for Students with Disabilities
The William L. Adams Center for Writing

Academic Advising

Academic advising is an important process in which faculty and staff assist students in developing plans and in clarifying career and/or advanced study goals. All students should meet with an academic advisor at least once each semester to plan future course work. In these meetings, students and advisors will discuss academic records which may include: grade reports, transcripts, evaluations of work transferred to TCU, and degree plans.

Students new to the university are required to attend advising sessions for the first four long semesters after entering TCU. They are likely to require assistance in the mechanics of first-time enrollment and in exploring choices related to selection of courses and degree programs. Students with more university experience often handle these tasks with little need for assistance, but may profit from direction in maximizing academic performance and in setting career goals. Finally, students nearing completion of their academic program are likely to need specific help in ensuring that all degree requirements are met and assistance with the transition to a career or advanced study. In short, the specific activities required will depend on the advisor, the student, and the student's progress in his or her academic career.

The student-advisor relationship is one of shared expectations and responsibilities. Consequently, advising activities will depend on the needs of the student and on his or her academic program. Further, the actual activities involved in advising will change as a student progresses through a degree program or subsequently changes degree programs.

Pre-majors (those who have not formally declared a major) will be advised by professional staff associated with the Center for Academic Services. The Center provides resources and access to programs designed to help students identify career interests and possible majors.

Students who have declared majors will be advised in the department of the major or by professional staff in the school or college of that major. When students declare a major, they are referred to the major department, school, or college for future advising.

A quality advising relationship requires a dedicated advisor and a prepared student. The student must initiate advising activities, define the need of advising activity, and be prepared to take responsibility for his or her academic and career goals as well as his or her academic performance. Prior to seeing their advisors, students should become familiar with degree and major requirements for programs of interest and courses in which they wish to enroll. Advisors will answer questions and make suggestions, but the student must assume full responsibility for satisfying all program and degree requirements.

Advising Process

At the beginning of the student's first semester, students will be assigned an academic advisor in the department of their major. Students may be assigned to either faculty or professional advisors, depending on the department or college. Pre-Majors will be advised through the Center for Academic Services until a major is declared. Pre-Major Advisors are knowledgeable about a wide range of academic programs and can assist students in identifying an appropriate major/minor. All students who have 54 or more earned hours must have a declared major.

The actual number of times a student should meet with his or her advisor each semester will depend on the advisor, the student, the student's program, and the student's progress in his or her academic career. All student should confer with their advisors at least once each semester during Schedule Advising. Students may also want to meet with their advisors to discuss degree requirements, selection of a minor, etc.

Students meet with their advisors before registering for classes each semester, but are encouraged to confer with them anytime that academic concerns arise during the year.

In preparation for the Schedule Advising, students should:
- Give thoughtful consideration to their personal, educational, and career goals, and reevaluate these goals as necessary.
- Acquire a basic familiarity with their own academic program, including all applicable requirements and policies.
- Accept responsibility for their choices and decisions.
- Give advance consideration to a tentative schedule of classes each semester prior to their advising conference.
This should include reading a description of every course under consideration including whether or not there are prerequisites or whether or not the course will count toward the TCU CC.
- Ask questions if they feel that they have received insuficient or confusing information.
- Provide timely notice and information concerning any academic problems encountered.
- Read carefully and make apropriate responses to all communications from their college office, the Center for Academic Services, their advisor, Campus Life office, and Registrar's Office.
- Provide timely notice of any change of address or telephone number to the Registrar's Office and their academic advisor.
- Allot an adequate amount of time to meet with your advisor.

By following these guidelines, the student and advisor can successfully navigate the academic maze of career choices, major requirements, and other expectations.

The Center For Academic Services

The Center for Academic Services offers services and programs to enhance the academic experience of all students at TCU during all stages of their academic careers.

- Coordinates academic advising for premajors (those who have not formally declared a major and have achieved fewer than 54 hours);

- Coordinates academic advising for first-year students with declared majors in the College of AddRan;

- Provides academic advising for students during new student orientation;

- Offers study skills evaluation;

- Provides academic resources related to study skills, time management, and related concerns;

- Conducts workshops on study skills, test taking and time management;

- Offers a one-credit hour course (UNPR 10001) focused on self assessment, career exploration, and choosing a major;

- Assists students who want to explore career paths and learn about majors;

- Sponsors a Major/Minor Fair each fall, whereby students can meet with faculty from disciplines across the campus;

- Refers students to appropriate services, departments, community agencies;

- Facilitates disabilities services for students meeting Policy and Procedure requirements. (See "Policy and Procedures for Students with Disabilities.")

Students who are not meeting academic standards or who want to improve academic skills and performance are encouraged to visit the center.

Policy and Procedures for Students with Disabilities

Policy Statement:
Texas Christian University complies with the Americans With Disabilities Act and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 regarding students with disabilities. No otherwise qualified individual shall be denied access to or participation in the services, programs, and activities of TCU solely on the basis of a disability. The University shall provide reasonable accommodations for each eligible student who (a) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, (b) has a record or history of such an impairment, or (c) is regarded as having such an impairment.

Procedures:
Each eligible student is responsible for presenting relevant, verifiable, professional documentation and/or assessment reports to the Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities. Information concerning a student's disability is treated in a confidential manner in accordance with University policies as well as applicable federal and state laws. Documentation presented to the Coordinator shall be reviewed by appropriate University professional(s) to verify the existence of a disability. Further documentation may be required from the student to substantiate the claim of a disability or to assist the University in determining appropriate accommodations. The Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities may be contacted in the Center for Academic Services located in Sadler Hall, room 11 or at (817) 257-7486.

Eligible students seeking accommodations should contact the coordinator as soon as possible in the academic term for which they are seeking accommodations. The Coordinator will prepare letters to appropriate faculty members concerning specific, reasonable academic adjustments for the student. The student is responsible for delivering accommodations letters, conferring with faculty members, and returning validation of the receipt of information to the Coordinator. The Coordinator consults with the student and with University faculty and staff to ensure delivery of appropriate support services and serves as liaison between the student and the faculty member as needed.

Students who wish to appeal a decision regarding appropriate accommodations shall do so in writing to the Affirmative Action Officer, who shall decide the appeal.

The William L. Adams Center for Writing

The Center for Writing offers assistance with writing projects and assignments to all TCU students. Staffed by professional writing instructors and peer consultants, the Center for Writing provides students with one-on-one tutorials free of charge. Conferences usually focus on a particular project or assignment but may also include general writing instruction.

The ten PCs in the center's computer lab are available for the use of any TCU student during normal office hours and provide email and Internet access.

Located in Suite 244 of the Rickel Academic Wing of the University Recreation Center, the Center for Writing is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students may make an appointment by accessing an online scheduling service through the center┐s website (at http://www.tcu.edu) or by calling 817-257-7221. Students may also use the Center for Writing┐s annex at the library Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., and Sunday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Those who wish to submit a paper online may do so via the center┐s website. A consultant will read the paper and offer feedback within 48 hours.

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