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Academic Advising

Academic advising is a shared responsibility, with students and advisors working together to develop and enhance educational plans and to promote academic success toward the realization of your goals.  However, the student, not the advisor, bears the ultimate responsibility for selecting courses, meeting course prerequisites, and adhering to policies and procedures.

Lori Hunter
Lori Hunter
MS
Director, Office of Student Services
jenna russell
Jenna Russell
MS
Advisor II, Office of Student Services

Britta Svoboda
Britta Svoboda
Advisor II, Office of Student Services

leesa boice
Leesa Boice
Administrative Support Assistant III, Office of Student Services

karen messing
Karen Messing
Administrative Coordinator III, Office of Student Services

Mission and Purpose

The mission of the academic advising program in the Student Services Office within the College of Nursing is to engage, support, and assist students seeking an undergraduate degree in nursing at the University of Tennessee.

The purpose of the academic advising program in the Student Services Office is to support, guide, and assist enrolled undergraduate and prospective undergraduate nursing students with regard to admission and progression, academic planning, career exploration, records and licensure, and resource referrals within the University of Tennessee community.

Additionally, the Student Services Office supports the university’s position that academic advising is an important facet of the teaching and learning mission of the institution. The university recognizes academic advising to be a critical component of students’ educational experience and undergraduate success.

Advising Information

College of Nursing High School Open House Sessions
Due to the high volume of individual visit requests for prospective incoming freshman students, the College of Nursing holds High School Open House Sessions for high school junior and senior students and their families to provide information about the program. High school students have the opportunity to meet current nursing student ambassadors and nursing advisors. High School Open House Sessions include information about the freshman direct admissions process as well as nursing curriculum information and highlights of the College of Nursing. Most sessions last approximately one hour. Space is limited and an advance reservation is required. These meetings are for informational purposes only and students will not be advised during this session. Participation in group sessions in no way influences admissions decisions.

Upcoming dates for fall 2017:

  • Friday, September 8 from 2:30–4 p.m.
  • Friday, September 22 from 2:30–4 p.m.
  • Friday, September 29 from 2:30–4 p.m.
  • Friday, October 13 from 2:30–4 p.m.
  • Friday, November 17 from 2:30–4 p.m.

High School Open House Sessions are held at the following location:

College of Nursing, Room 201
1200 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37996

To reserve a spot in one of our upcoming High School Open House Sessions, sign up online or call 865-974-7606.

Campus Visitation Information
The University of Tennessee provides general campus tours through Undergraduate Admissions. Schedule a campus tour today.

Due to the high volume of requests for individual advising sessions for prospective students who wish to apply to the College of Nursing, Change of Major Information Sessions are held for both existing UT and external transfer students. Sessions cover information regarding the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and include review of the curriculum, application requirements and application process, and highlights of the College of Nursing. Led by nursing advisors, group sessions include information about the admissions process as well as curriculum information. Most sessions last approximately one hour. Space is limited and an advance reservation is required. These meetings are for informational purposes only and students will not be advised during this session. Participation in group sessions in no way influences admissions decisions.

Upcoming dates for spring 2017:

  • Thursday, March 23 from 9–9:45 a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 12 from 1:30–2:15 p.m.

Change of Major Information Sessions are held at the following location:

College of Nursing, Room 201
1200 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37996

To reserve a spot, sign up online or call 865-974-7606.

Academic Advising Sessions for Curriculum Review and Course Registration
Advising for current nursing students is scheduled through GradesFirst. Advising is scheduled through advising campaigns in GradesFirst in order to more efficiently schedule our advising times prior to registration.

Advising campaigns are scheduled by class standing (seniors, juniors, sophomores, freshmen) and run approximately two weeks prior to the registration dates for each group.

You will receive an email invitation via GradesFirst to follow a link to schedule an appointment in the system with either Jenna Russell or Lori Hunter. You must follow the link provided in order to schedule an appointment during your time.

Our tentative advising schedule for summer/fall 2017 course scheduling and registration:

Priority advising—GradesFirst campaign dates for academic advising will be scheduled from February 20 to March 3.

  • Summer registration date (at UT)—March 1 for priority students
  • Fall 2017 registration dates—March 20–21 for priority students

Junior advising—A junior class group advising session is scheduled for February 13 and will cover senior courses, clinical course information, graduation registration and other important information regarding the upcoming senior year. GradesFirst campaign dates for individual advising sessions will be scheduled from March 6 to 10 for anyone with required advising who missed the group advising session.

  • Summer registration date (at UT)—March 9 for current juniors
  • Fall 2017 registration dates—April 3–4 for current juniors

Sophomore advising—GradesFirst campaign dates for academic advising will be scheduled March 6 to17.

  • Summer registration date (at UT)—March 21 for current sophomores
  • Fall 2017 registration dates—April 10–11 for current sophomores

*Freshman advising—GradesFirst campaign dates for academic advising will be March 20 to April 13.

  • Summer registration date (at UT)—March 23 for current freshmen
  • Fall 2017 registration dates—April 24–25 for current freshmen

*will extend if needed

If you are taking summer courses somewhere other than UT Knoxville, discuss with your advisor during your scheduled advising appointment. See UT transfer equivalency tables as reference.

Advising Sessions for Needs Outside Course Curriculum and Course Registration
We do have time set aside for students who need to meet with an advisor for issues not related to course scheduling or registration. If it is a quick question, feel free to email either Lori Hunter (lhunte12@utk.edu) or Jenna Russell (jennarussell@utk.edu). If you have an issue regarding course withdrawal, study abroad planning, a personal or emotional issue, or other concern, contact Student Services directly to set up an appointment at 865-974-7606.

The University of Tennessee recognizes academic advising to be a critical component of the educational experience and student success. All undergraduate students are required to meet with an academic advisor in the fall and spring semesters. After accruing 30 hours at UT Knoxville, students may meet with an advisor once a year.  Students whose ID ends with an even number (including zero) are advised in fall, and students whose ID ends with an odd number are advised in spring.

Before enrolling for the first time at the university, all degree-seeking first-year students and transfer students are required to meet with an academic advisor. Readmitted students must meet with an academic advisor prior to re-enrolling.

The following groups of students are required to meet with an advisor during each tracking semester (fall and spring):

  • All students with fewer than 30 hours at UT Knoxville
  • Students following exploratory tracks
  • Students identified as “off-track” by uTrack
  • Students on academic probation

All other students are required to consult with an advisor for a substantial conference during a designated semester each year:

  • Students whose ID numbers end in an even digit are required to meet with an advisor during fall semester.
  • Students whose ID numbers end in an odd digit are required to meet with an advisor during spring semester.

Distance education students are provided with the same high-quality support as traditional students. The advising policy applies to all students, with distance students provided alternative means for in-person appointments, including email, phone, and web-based meeting systems.

All students are encouraged to consult with their advisors at any time. The student, not the advisor, bears the ultimate responsibility for educational planning, selecting courses, meeting course prerequisites, and adhering to policies and procedures.


Advising FAQs

Academic advising is a collaborative student-centered educational process through which the advisor helps the student set and achieve academic goals; acquire relevant information and services; and make responsible decisions consistent with their values, interests, goals, abilities, and degree requirements. Faculty, administrators, and professional staff promote academic advising as a shared responsibility with students.

Advising is personalized to consider the individualized needs of each student, which may include appropriate referral services. Decisions concerning careers, co-curricular activities, or graduate study may be part of the advising process. In the College of Nursing, the advisor is a professional staff member who is knowledgeable in the admissions process and curriculum of the nursing programs, university support services, and all functions of the College of Nursing Student Services Office.

Students are assigned to an advisor in the College of Nursing upon entry. You can find the name of your assigned advisor by logging into your MyUTK account; however, you are welcome to meet with any of our advisors in the Student Services Office. When making an appointment, you will be able to select the advisor of your choice.

 

See the FAQ for current College of Nursing students under Advising Information (above) for scheduling information.

 

The College of Nursing expects you to:

  • Schedule your advising appointment prior to your registration eligibility. Never schedule an appointment during a class or lab time. If you must cancel or reschedule your appointment, notify our office at least 24 hours in advance through GradesFirst or by calling.
  • Be familiar with the curriculum, which is available to you through the university’s Undergraduate Catalog, the College of Nursing Freshman Handbook received at orientation, and/or College of Nursing BSN Handbook.
  • Monitor your academic progress by periodically reviewing your academic history and/or your degree audit report (DARS).
  • Take an active role in your advising session by being prepared to discuss your educational plans and goals.
  • Come prepared to your appointment with your current schedule, a tentative plan for next semester, and any questions you have for your advisor.
  • Ask questions if you don’t understand a requirement or policy, or if you have a specific concern.
  • Be honest with your advisor about your academic performance, grades, and career goals.
  • Consult with your advisor before making drastic changes to an agreed-upon schedule.
  • Be aware of important deadlines (drop/add, withdrawal deadlines) and academic policies (repeat policies, College of Nursing progression requirements).
  • Consult with your advisor on issues related to academic progress, a change in program, registration for study abroad, internships and co-ops, courses to be taken at another institution, withdrawal from courses, or withdrawal from the university.
  • Make decisions and take responsibility for your academic career.
  • Check your university email account on a daily Read any emails or letters that are sent to you by your advisor, the Student Services Office, and the College of Nursing.

 

You can expect your advisor to:

  • Be accessible to you during reasonable hours through appointments, walk-in hours, telephone, and/or email.
  • Understand the curriculum, admission/progression requirements for the College of Nursing, graduation requirements, and University policies.
  • Provide accurate information.
  • Discuss specific University and College of Nursing requirements, procedures, and deadlines.
  • Help you define and develop realistic goals and discuss the linkage between academic preparation and career opportunities.
  • Assist you in planning programs of study, both short- and long-term, that are consistent with your abilities and interests such as course load, academic background, program demands, and employment or personal commitments.
  • Help you identify special needs and acquaint you with services and programs provided by the College of Nursing and the university.
  • Refer you to other services, departments, and specific individuals as special needs are identified.
  • Monitor your progress toward educational goals and keep accurate, up-to-date records of your academic progress.
  • Respect your right to privacy of educational records and discuss confidential information only with appropriate individuals and for the purpose of serving your best interests.
  • Help you assume responsibility for your decisions and actions.

Student Learning Outcomes

As the result of participating in academic advising, students will be able to demonstrate measurable learning outcomes. These outcomes include:

Students will demonstrate they know:

  • Admission procedures for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, including a familiarity with the admission policy and procedure for the program through which they were admitted or are seeking to be admitted.
  • Curricular requirements, progression standards, course sequencing, and grading policies, in order to graduate in a timely fashion.
  • Academic policies and procedures as outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog, Hilltopics, and the BSN Handbook.
  • Career and professional development opportunities available within the field of nursing as well as on-campus support for identification and exploration of career paths.
  • Campus resources and support systems that promote academic success.

Students will demonstrate they can:

  • Develop an academic plan and assess degree progress through graduation.
  • Identify and critically reflect upon academic and career goals in light of personal values, strengths, weaknesses, and priorities.
  • Develop individualized skills and strategies for academic success that include accessing and using institutional resources, policies, and procedures.
  • Take responsibility for making decisions regarding their academic success.

Students will demonstrate they value/appreciate:

  • The importance of academic planning and their shared responsibility in the process.
  • The importance of enhancing their degree with co-curricular/extracurricular and inter/intercultural experiences.
  • Their responsibilities as educated citizens of UT and of a democratic, diverse, and global society.
  • The educational process and learning across the lifespan.

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