What is Academic Advising?
Academic Advising is an integral part of Undergraduate Education. Its purpose is to assist students in taking responsibility for their own learning, and develop meaningful educational plans compatible with their potential and their career and life goals. It includes helping students formulate important questions about their own aptitudes and interests and the best education pathway for each individual advisee. Advisors also assist students in discovering the many resources on campus and, more importantly, provide ongoing encouragement to students to use these resources consistently and with purpose.
Our Main Services include:
Our goal is to provide maximum support and guidance to students as they navigate their way through curricular requirements, academic challenges and provide work experience opportunities.
University College Academic Advisors provide pre-major advising to students who have yet to declare a major. These students include foundation students as well as students taking General Education courses who have not yet been allocated a specialist college advisor according to their subject area.
Advisors direct a student to courses they should take according to their study plan, assist students in planning a road map towards a major and also outline the relevant registration procedures and policies required to move forward with their plan.
Our LEAD Support Portal
LEAD (Learning, Experiencing, Advising, Developing) is a Blackboard support environment where students can find a lot of answers to their everyday questions. The resource is growing and developing each semester to provide a “one-stop-shop” for students to access relevant information from any location where they have access to the internet. LEAD support is available to all university students and provides quick solutions to frequently asked questions in a user-friendly format.
At Risk Students
As in any university environment, there are a number of “At-Risk” students at UAEU who are identified and supported by the Academic Advising Unit. The Student Support Diary (SSD) is one such initiative, in which students with low results on formal assessments or those reported by Faculty as undergoing academic difficulty, are assisted in a supportive and friendly environment. Under the guidance and supervision of Academic Advisors, students receive a diary-based, supervised support program that is delivered in collaboration with the SASP Education Support Unit.
On a daily basis, Academic Advisors handle referrals from teachers, some of which are academic and some behavioral. Behavioral issues vary greatly according to the individual student, and must be handled with sensitivity and professionalism. The process of addressing behavioral issues is a complex one, involving time and attention to all of the details as provided by both student and teacher. Teachers use an online referral and tracking system to log concerns and/or specific incidents.
What is the Peer Mentoring Program?
The Peer Mentoring Program supports both new and continuing students in Foundation and General Education programs by providing relevant group and individual support. From Orientation Week, new students are assigned to a Mentoring Group, led by a trained and experienced student Peer Mentor. The group communicates regularly for the whole semester, which is particularly important for new students during the often difficult first transition semester. A Mentor Group is further supported by a Peer Leader (usually a student in their 3rd or 4th year of study) and an Academic Advisor from the academic staff. In this way, a series of support channels are in place to help students reach their potential and become successful within the academic community.
The Peer Mentoring Program has been developed to run on a basic business structure where Mentors, Leaders and Office Assistants develop skills relevant to the workplace. Students must “sign in” and “sign out” when on duty and anyone who desires to be promoted to a Leader (Line Manager) or Senior Leader (Senior Manager) must apply for the position by submitting their CV, attending an interview and signing a work contract. On successful completion of their duties, students not only receive certificates of appreciation but also a letter of recommendation (Leaders) or a personal reference letter (Senior Leaders). We have found this program to be successful in not only developing 21st Century skill sets, so important in the current work environment, but also a work ethic and respect for work practices.
Who are the Peers?
Peer Office Assistants work in our office areas and at our Information Desks, and support the Academic Advisors. They are available during work hours to support all students who require assistance.
Peer Mentors will be your “friend and helper” for at least your first semester at university. Their job is to help students settle quickly into academic life and provide both Peer Groups and individuals with information, help and support.
Peer Leaders are more experienced students who support both Peer Mentors and students. They report on a regular basis to the Academic Advisors and are a vital link in the support chain.
Peer Volunteers are any students who wish to help us in our many and varied support activities. This is a good place to start the volunteering experience. Many volunteers become Peer Mentors and Leaders as their volunteering experience grows.
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