University 101 Programs




Academic Advising: Start Your Course

Presentation Abstract
The University Advising Center's "Academic Advising: Start Your Course" presentation provides students with important information about academic advising and their role in the advisement process. Students are challenged to take responsibility for their academic planning and progress early in their college career by becoming familiar with the academic resources, requirements and policies at USC. Students will learn about academic requirements and policies and will have the opportunity to test their knowledge through hands on exploration of the advising resources. Students will be involved and engaged while being equipped with the details of how to navigate advising at USC.

University 101 Learning Outcomes

I c) Identify relevant academic policies, processes, and resources related to their academic success and timely attainment of degree requirements.

This presentation will address academic advising including the in-person and online advising resources, academic requirements, academic policies and the student's role in the advising process at USC. Students will access and utilize the online advising resources including the Carolina Core website, the Undergraduate Academic Bulletin, Self Service Carolina, and DegreeWorks. This will provide them with an understanding of how they can use these resources in their own degree planning process. Students will also learn about the advisement and registration process and will be provided materials to help them prepare for their advisement session.

II a) Identify and use appropriate campus resources and engage in opportunities that contribute to their learning within and beyond the classroom.

This presentation will provide information about campus resources and programs that support academic advising and planning and will outline when a student may want to use these resources. Information will be provided about the University Advising Center including the Major Change Advising and Academic Coaching programs. Students will also identify their First-Year Academic Advisor in their department of study.

II b) Develop positive relationships with peers, staff, and faculty.

We stress that the relationship between an advisor and student should be an interactive one; one that allows for discussion of ideas and goals. This relationship should be encouraged and utilized by the student to allow for a better understanding of the requirements of their major, future career plans, and potential for experiential learning opportunities that will enrich their education here at USC.


Presentation Learning Outcomes
As a result of this presentation, students will be able to:
- Identify academic requirements and policies that impact their academic planning and progress.
- Access and utilize online advising resources such as the Carolina Core website, the Undergraduate Academic Bulletin, Self Service Carolina, and DegreeWorks.
- Identify campus resources and programs that support academic advising and planning including their First-Year Advisor, Major Change Advising, and Academic Success Coaching.

Presentation Outline
Introduction/Learning Outcomes (5 minutes)
The presenter introduces themselves,their role at the UAC and the presentation learning-outcomes.

Warm Up Activity (5 minutes)
Students will play a “Kahoot” where they are asked about advising at USC and various academic policies. The Kahoot will foreshadow topics that will be covered during the presentation.

Advising at Carolina (5 minutes)
The presenter will explain how advising works (i.e. no advisement = no registration) and give an overview of First Year Advisor Role

Scavenger Hunt Activity (30 minutes)
This activity is designed so that the presenter will impart information to the students and then the students will participate in an online 'scavenger hunt' as a way to actively practice what was learned.
1) Carolina Core - the presenter will provide an overview of the Carolina Core including the learning outcome and overlay courses. The presenter will then show students the Carolina Core website and it can be used to assist with academic planning. Students will then be asked to use the Carolina Core website to answer various scavenger hunt questions. Example: What Carolina Core learning outcome does English 102 meet?

2) Undergraduate Academic Bulletin - the presenter will provide a brief overview of the bulletin and what information is found in the bulletin including Programs A-Z, degree requirements and academic policies. Students will again use the bulletin to find answers to the scavenger hunt. Example: When would you use the Academic Bulletin?

3) Registration Checklist - the presenter will show how to use Self Service Carolina’s Registration Checklist to find their advisor, find registration holds and registration ticket times. Students will use SSC to find answers to the scavenger hunt. Example: What may cause there to be a hold on your account?

4) DegreeWorks - the presenter will provide an overview of DegreeWorks and show a video to show students how to use the tool. Students will use DegreeWorks and try the "What If" function using their own profile. Example: What other features does DegreeWorks have that could help you prepare for advising?

5) Debrief - The presenter will then go over all of the answers to the scavenger hunt with the class and based on student answers and questions will lead a short debrief session.

Wrap-up & evaluation (5 minutes)
The presenter will go over the University Advising Center and its services and leave students with contact information. The presenter will pass out the student evaluation for completion. (5 min)

Presentation Length
50 minutes;

Presenter Training
All professional staff and graduate students will either serve as Major Change Advisors, Academic Success Coaches or First Year Advisors for the University Advising Center. They will all have prior training in advising which will provide the foundational knowledge of advising resources at USC. All presenters will also participate in a scheduled U101 Presentation training where they will learn how to facilitate the presentation.