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The College of Agriculture, Science & Technology Academic Advisement mission is to assist students in the pursuit of their academic goals and personal development by providing quality academic counseling in an accessible, friendly, respectful environment that fosters lifelong learning and student success. We support and complement the College’s mission and core values by striving to nurture the development of scholars who have a successful college experience that culminates in graduation.We endeavor to do this through an interactive educational partnership from orientation to graduation and beyond.

Your academic advisors are available to assist you Monday through Friday in the advisement center, located on the 6th floor of the William C. Jason Library - Rm. 605.

Schedule an appointment with my academic advisor:

Located right next door to the Academic Advisement Center (AAC) is the Center of Excellence for Student Success (CESS), Rm 600 on the 6th floor of the William C. Jason Library. The CESS is home to the College’s student support laboratory, where students can sign-up for and attend tutoring, educational and/or career training seminars, as well as other informational events.  Many of the AAC events are hosted at this venue. 

CMNST ADVISING PHILOSOPHY

The College of Agriculture, Science & Technology Academic Advisement mission is to assist students in the pursuit of their academic goals and personal development by providing quality academic counseling in an accessible, friendly, respectful environment that fosters lifelong learning and student success. We support and complement the College’s mission and core values by striving to nurture the development of scholars who have a successful college experience that culminates in graduation. We endeavor to do this through an interactive educational partnership from orientation to graduation and beyond.

Advisement Model

Sophomores through seniors are assigned to the professional advisors according to the first letter of the student’s last name.

  • Mrs. Joena Henry
  • Mrs. Faith Woodard
  • Dr. Marcel Poe

In addition to working with your assigned professional academic advisor, in your junior year, you will also be assigned a faculty mentor to help guide you towards your career goals.  

Benefits of Advising

  • Get assistance in goal setting and selecting courses to meet career goals
  • Learn about various majors and minors
  • Make sure you are on track to graduate
  • Receive help with developing strategies to improve academic performance
  • Get questions answered about policies and procedures
  • Obtain referrals and advice about campus resources

Academic Retention Support Group Program (ARSG)

The Academic Retention Support Group (ARSG) is a new program offered by the College of Agriculture, Science, and Technology academic advisement team. The program will scholastically assist CMNST students whose GPA have fallen below a 2.3. It will consist of mandatory academic workshops, regularly-scheduled meetings with an academic advisor, and prescribed additional academic support. The program is designed to help students get back on-track academically; ultimately assisting in the progression of their academic studies and an increase in their GPA.

Academic Advising FAQ

Why do I need academic advising?

  • To help you understand academic requirements including the DSU Plan for General Education and Major requirements.
  • To assist you in developing a successful academic plan.
  • To help you set goals for yourself and identify resources on campus that can help you reach your goals.
  • To establish a professional ally for petitioning, references, and referrals.
  • To assist you in understanding the registration process.

The Student-Academic Advisor Relationship

Here is a diagram illustrating the responsibilities of students and academic advisors:

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES:
WHAT TO EXPECT
Your CAST Academic Advisor
expects you to:

ADVISOR RESPONSIBILITIES:
WHAT TO EXPECT
You can expect your CAST Advisor to:

Be proactive in your approach to developing and implementing an education and career plan, and maintaining an E-Portfolio

Understand and effectively communicate the core curriculum, major program requirements, College academic policies and procedures, and transfer requirements, if applicable

 

Schedule and keep regular appointments with
your advisor at least three times per semester

 

Guide and support you in the development of semester course schedules

Come to appointments prepared with questions, and topics to discuss the suitability of other educational opportunities, such as study abroad, internships, and scholarships

Monitor and accurately document your progress toward meeting your goals through the use of the IDP system.

 

Maintain records and knowledge of administrative changes made during matriculation, such as add/drop slips, last day to drop classes, change of grade forms, and transferred course information

 

Maintain confidentiality and an accurate, up-to-date account of the advisee’s activities

 

Meet with your advisor to decide on courses, check progress towards graduation, and to discuss the suitability of other educational opportunities, such as study abroad, internships, and scholarships

 

Assist you with career development and graduate/professional school preparation

 

 

Provide you with information about strategies for utilizing
available campus resources and services

 

 

Be accessible to you via office hours, email, and telephone

 

 

What can I expect from my academic advising appointment?

  • A general conversation about how things are going.
  • Discussion of your Degree Audit Report.
  • Review of your DSU General Education Plan and academic department requirements.
  • Explanation of the 2nd semester registration process.
  • Review of the academic calendar, course schedule book, and the DSU Bulletin.
  • Resource and referral Information.
  • Discussion about your major or the anxieties about being undecided.

Your Advisor should be the first person you talk to when:

  • You are struggling in one or more of your classes.
  • You are thinking about dropping a class.
  • You want to withdraw from the University.
  • You are confused about your major.
  • You want to make changes to your schedule.
  • You are not sure about a University policy.
  • You are not performing as well academically as you’d like.
  • Your midterm grades are not what you expected.
  • Your first semester grades resulted in you being on academic probation.
  • You need to petition a University regulation.
  • You’re not sure where to get help.
  • Extenuating circumstances keep you out of class for more than 3 days in a row.
  • You’re not happy at Delaware State University.

Successful registration is dependent upon you, the student:

  • Read all information you receive pertaining to academic advising.
  • Attend departmental info sessions and fairs meeting.
  • Be on time for your appointment.
  • Bring a printed copy of your Degree Audit Report to your appointment.
  • Bring your DSU Bulletin to your appointment.
  • Write down courses you are interested in taking second semester.
  • Bring your departmental major information/materials to your appointment.
  • Write down questions for your Adviser.
  • Be willing to make the process a joint effort between you and your Adviser.