The following list contains just some of the numerous academic-related resources available to Academic Advisers at Penn State Mont Alto:
Click here to check out a great resource to help you easily communicate with your advisees throughout the year. The link will take you to a chart outlining key emails that should be sent to your advisees at important times during the academic year. Sample emails are also included within the chart that you can quickly copy, paste, and then personalize.
Log-in to eLion as an Adviser, click "Email Advisees" from the eLion menu, and use the suggested topics in the chart or even one of the sample emails to quickly communicate helpful topics to your students.
College Information Chart: http://advising.psu.edu/college-information-chart
An interactive Web-based service for students, faculty, and advisers that provides access to academic records (i.e., grades, transcripts, degree audits, class lists, advising rosters, etc.) and processes (i.e., final grade reporting, course registration, course drop/add, withdrawal, etc.).
GREAT informational site that links to many PSU resources, including several of the resources listed below! Personal Recommendation: Can be utilized along with eLion as your top, two advising resources.
This site allows you to view the Schedule of Courses at all PSU campuses by semester. You can also use the “Advanced Search” page to view specific categories, such as general education areas. In addition, at the top of this page, you can find the Registration Timetable for a given semester and research past course offerings by campus to try to discern patterns in course availability.
Your source for academic advising and academic information at Penn State. Personal Recommendation: The “Alpha Index” on the top left of the page can be particularly helpful.
http://dus.psu.edu/prospects/ (for incoming and first-semester students)
http://dus.psu.edu/students/start_search.html (for students who have completed one or more semesters)
These sites assist exploratory students who would like to gain a better understanding of personal characteristics (i.e., interests, abilities, and values) and academic program characteristics to use in developing their educational plans.
Transfer Course Evaluation: http://admissions.psu.edu/academics/credit/
General Education courses (“Gen Eds”) are a common set of requirements that all undergraduates must fulfill. Baccalaureate degree students must take a minimum of forty-five credits in seven different General Education areas in order to graduate; associate degree students must take twenty-one credits in six areas. This site, from the University Bulletin, provides more detailed information.
Undergraduate Degree Programs Bulletin: http://bulletins.psu.edu/bulletins/bluebook/
This site, maintained by the Undergraduate Admissions Office, allows you to look up information on certain credits that a student may be bringing into Penn State (i.e., AP credits, transfer credits, etc.). More specifically, students can go directly to http://admissions.psu.edu/my_admissions/tas/ in order to evaluate transfer coursework and see possible PSU course equivalencies. They can search by entering a PSU course number and seeing where an equivalent course is offered or enter another institution’s course number and seeing if it is equivalent to a PSU course.
Once known as “The Blue Book,” this is Penn State’s official catalog. (It can be accessed via this link directly, or through the College Information Grid site provided above.) The Bulletin is intended to serve as a basic tool in academic program planning. Students and advisers should become familiar with its information.
University Undergraduate Advising Handbook: http://handbook.psu.edu/
This site provides user-friendly advising information regarding University-wide academic policies and procedures. It is intended to be used in conjunction with University, college, and department advising resources. Information, policies, and procedures have been cross-referenced with the relevant University sources. Although the handbook is designed for use at University Park, most information is applicable at all Penn State undergraduate locations.
Again, this is just a sampling of the many resources Penn State has to offer students and academic advisers. I encourage you to become familiar with these sites and any others you’ve found to be helpful.