Academic Advisors at the College of Nursing
A2(WDW)=S2 - Academic Advising (When Done Well) = Student Success
What is Academic Advising?
Academic Advising is a partnership between the advisor and the student where both parties provide information and direction within the student's educational progression. This partnership requires involvement of the student and the advisor where each has clear and realistic expectations to promote student success.
- Maintain student confidentiality
- Respond to email or phone calls in a timely manner
- Provide information on transfer credit, Nursing program policies and their applications
- Coach students in the use of PAWS to allow students to easily: select appropriate courses, register, and to view pertinent information
- View a Registration Tutorial Video.
- Verify appropriate class selection - social science and open electives
- Students have many different options to fill social science requirements. The following are examples of social sciences: ANTH 111.3 , ARCH 112.3 , ARCH 116.3, ECON 111.3 , ECON 114.3 , GEOG 130.3, LING 111.3 ,LING 112.3, NS 107.3,POLS 111.3, POLS 112.3, PSY 120.3, PSY 121.3,SOC 111.3 , SOC 112.3, WGST 112.3 . Almost any U of S course can be used for an open elective requirement. Contact your advisor for exceptions.
- Assist students with outlining a plan to complete their program requirements
- If you are a student that wants to study part-time, need to take a leave from your studies or have failed a course, contact your advisor to create a plan to complete your program requirements.
- Assist long distance or web-based students in finding an appropriate invigilator for exam accommodations
- Students, such as the Post Registration BSN students, who are taking web-based or distance courses may choose to write their final exam where they live. They will need to find an appropriate invigilator to supervise their exams. Invigilators must be established members of the community, such as members of the clergy, school principals, teachers, librarians, college instructors, college staff, or law enforcement officers. It is expected that students choose an educational setting whenever possible. Other students, relatives, friends, neighbors, co-workers, or persons residing at the same address cannot invigilate this examination. The College of Nursing reserves the right to reject prospective invigilators.
- Assist in the request procedure in order to write a supplemental or deferred exam
- When a student is unable to write a final exam due to illness or another valid reason, the student can apply for a deferred or special deferred exam. Supplemental final examinations are a limited substitute for the final exam. Students must make a formal application to the College of Nursing to write a supplemental exam. Speak to an academic advisor for more information about who is eligible to write a supplemental exam.
- Provide appropriate lines of communication regarding problems or concerns
- Supply information on the various support systems in place at the University of Saskatchewan such as the learning communities, tutors, Native Access Program to Nursing and Disability Services for students (DSS)
- There are many supports on campus that can help you with your University experiences:
- University Learning Centre
- Student Health and Counselling Services (link is: http://students.usask.ca/current/life/health/)
- Supply information regarding scholarships, bursaries and awards There are several scholarships and awards available to students. Some awarded through Central Scholarships and Awards. Others through the College of Nursing.
- Central Scholarships and Awards
- College of Nursing Awards
- Through written request provide documentation confirming enrolment and completion of program requirements
- Students can produce a confirmation of enrolment using PAWS, under the Academics Tab, within the Registration Channel. If this letter is not sufficient for your needs, an academic advisor can create one for you.
- Assist in recruitment fairs/workshops
- The academic advisors participate in many recruiting events on campus and in high schools. Some events include: Experience Us, Spotlight on Health Careers, Greystone Scholars Spend- a -Day, and Discovery Days.
- Assist students with completing appropriate forms for appeals (grades and tuition)
- Provide BSN students with information on how to change campuses