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Academic Advising

Academic Advising provides individualized academic advisement to all students in the college. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor on a regular basis. Frequent advising will provide students with a well-defined set of admission and program requirements and enable progression in an efficient manner toward the completion of a student's degree.

We strive to guide you towards your academic goals by providing information, references, and advice. Advising is an engaging process between the advisor and the advisee where ultimately you are in full control of your educational experience. We are a resource to help you succeed.


Advising Staff and Liaison Majors

Cathy O'Farrell, Director, 
Hailey Sackett, M.S.E. Academic Advisor, Exceptional Student Ed, Deaf Ed, ASL/English Interpreting,
Randall Crawford, M.M. Academic Advisor, Sport Management, English Ed, Math Ed, Science Ed, Social Studies Ed, Middle School Math/Science,
Willie Stocker, M.S. Academic Advisor, Elementary Education, PreK Primary Licensure, Early Childhood Development,

Advisors will:

  • Assist students in understanding the purposes and goals of higher education and its effects on their lives and personal goals.
  • Demonstrate professionalism and empathy towards their advisees.
  • Provide students with the information and resources needed to assist with your academic planning.
  • Link students with resources on campus to help them succeed academically.
  • Be knowledgeable of policies, procedures, student services and reference information.
  • Listen to student questions and concerns and provide accurate answers.
  • Maintain confidentiality and uphold FERPA Regulations.
  • Recommend social and academic extra-curricular organizations in addition to applicable campus resources.

Graduate Advising

Graduate students are expected to meet as soon as possible with their assigned faculty advisor to determine appropriate course work for their desired major. During the initial advising conference, the faculty advisor will help the student (1) select the major which will lead the student to achieving career goals, (2) evaluate the student’s baccalaureate level course work to determine whether prerequisites for the major have been met, (3) plan a tentative program of study for the student to follow which will lead to graduation in the desired major, and (4) provide the student with a copy of this tentative program. The tentative program will be finalized when the student is fully admitted to the college.
Students are provided with the names, telephone numbers and office location of their faculty advisor in their acceptance letter. Students with specific questions or concerns about university policies or regulations may visit the OASIS for more information.