Students should assume the initiative for preparing a semester schedule of classes. The academic advisor is available to offer suggestions and to verify the accuracy of course choice in meeting curricular patterns, but the primary responsibility for knowing the requirements of the academic program and proceeding to satisfy those requirements in an orderly and sequential manner remains with the student.
Faculty Academic Advising
Students who have decided on and declared a major are assigned a faculty advisor from the academic college which houses that major. Undecided students, as well as those who are conditionally admitted, are assigned an advisor from the Center for Exploring Majors. Advisors in the Center for Exploring Majors will help students choose a major, usually during the first four semesters. Bachelor of Professional Studies majors are advised through the College of Liberal Arts.
The University of Southern Indiana recognizes academic advising to be a critical component of the educational experience of its students. Through individual, collaborative relationships with academic advisors, students are best able to define and implement sound educational and vocational plans that are consistent with their personal values, goals and career plans. Academic advisors represent and interpret University policies and procedures to the student and help the student navigate the academic and organizational paths of the institution. The University acknowledges its obligation to provide students with accurate and timely academic advising, delivered through its academic departments and colleges, as well as through additional units and offices devoted to specific student populations such as undecided and conditionally admitted students.
Advising Centers are located within the following colleges and are available to current and prospective students considering a major within the college:
A Degree Works audit (also called a degree audit) outlines a student’s specific degree requirements and tracks his/her progress toward the fulfillment of those requirements. USI courses and any transfer credits are included, and the audit indicates whether categories are complete or not complete. Unmet requirements list the acceptable courses from which to select. Students view their degree audit via myUSI (the Degree Evaluation link on the Student Records menu). A degree audit for the student’s currently declared major/program is provided, but a what-if audit can be run for another program in which the student might be interested. Students should routinely review their degree audit, particularly before registering for classes and at the end of the semester when grades are official. Academic advisors also can access their advisee’s degree audit via myUSI and can recommend the most appropriate courses. The Plans tab allows students to map out required coursework in a semester-by-semester plan in order to complete their degree in a timely manner. Four-year plan templates are provided to help students get started, and an academic advisor can approve and ‘lock’ a plan. Visit www.usi.edu/registrar/registration/degreeworks for Degree Works FAQs or Degree Works tutorials. Students should contact their academic advisor for assistance with reading their degree audit or creating a plan.
Student Participation in Program Planning
Students enrolled in the University are expected to read carefully and to understand the contents of the USI Bulletin. This includes awareness of the University's general policies and regulations for academic achievement necessary for continued enrollment, as well as social and campus conduct. Students also are responsible for knowing the requirements of the University Core Curriculum and any requirements special to their chosen program, enabling the student to qualify for graduation.