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Academic Advising for Goodwin College Current Students

Each advisor provides developmental academic advising as well as transactional assistance for a caseload of more than 300 part-time on-campus and online undergraduate students. The advisors support Drexel’s advising obligation to Goodwin and non-Goodwin students alike by:

  • Determining and recording allowable transfer credit.
  • Creating and communicating transcript evaluations for each new transfer student.
  • Providing accurate information to prospective and current students about institutional policies, procedures, programs and resources such as: the Math resource center, English writing center and Drexel Learning Center.
  • Proactively engaging in quarterly outreach to alert students to upcoming registration periods, deadlines, financial hold alerts and available resources.

Academic Advising Outreach

  • Goodwin advisors outreach to “at-risk” students who may be in danger of failing.
  • Assess advisee choice of major relative to their educational and professional goals and progress.
  • Initiate consultations prior to the course withdrawal deadline for an effected term.
  • Work with students seeking a “second chance” through Goodwin’s Provisional Studies option.

Program Planning

  • Assist in developing programmatic plans of study.
  • Establish individual student program plans for degree completion.
  • Collaborate with other colleges/departments to satisfy student course demand.
  • Well versed in the use of Banner, NOLIJ, Hyperion and RightNow systems.

Goodwin College Academic Advising Philosophy

Goodwin College academic advisors view each aspect of a student’s experience—registration, scheduling, consultations (advising, financial aid, billing, etc.)—as a learning experience, and strive to empower each student to take the lead in determining the successful completion of their academic goals. We view each individual student as a unique, whole person and understand that any facet of a student’s lifestyle (work, family, personal interests) may present a challenge to learning. We promote work-life balance and encourage student engagement through co-curricular activity.

Expectations of Students

  • Use your official Drexel email. Keep phone/email/address updated in university database.
  • Take the initiative to meet/communicate with your academic advisor.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Student Handbook: you are required to know the rules for Code of Conduct, Academic Honesty, etc..
  • Take responsibility for making decisions in support of your academic goals and choices.
  • Follow university procedure for registration and adjusting your class schedule.
  • Prepare for meetings with your advisor: obtain/develop a plan of study, have a tentative schedule for registration, come ready with specific questions.
  • Know the requirements for your major, status (part-time/full-time), for “Good Standing” and for effective study.
  • Be aware of and heed all transaction deadlines, i.e., registration, course drop or withdraw, etc.

Expectations of Advisors

  • Respond to student inquiries in a timely manner.
  • Be available to meet with you each quarter.
  • Be knowledgeable of and able to clarify university policies, regulations and procedures.
  • Empower advisees; make suggestions, present options and answer questions.
  • Listen and refer you to the appropriate support services within the university (when needed).
  • Advocate for your academic/curricular needs.
  • Foster a student-advisor partnership to help guide you toward graduation.

Recommended Resources for Review

Statement of Open Door Policy

Advisors work to create an atmosphere of respect and support for all students. We serve students of all abilities, sexual orientations, genders, races, cultures and socio-economic statuses.

The Expected Student Learning Outcomes from Academic Advising include but are not limited to the following.

Students who maintain a relationship with their academic advisor will:

  • Become familiar with Drexel’s registration process and the related terminology.
  • Be able to consider which programs best support their academic and career interests.
  • Know the term credit max for part-time (11.5) and minimum for full-time (12) enrollment.
  • Become familiar with degree auditing and the use of software for program planning.
  • Learn to develop a plan of study that will establish a path to their academic goals.
  • Understand the benefits and importance of multi-disciplinary study.
  • Learn the importance of managing time, e.g., 2 hours of study for each hour of class.
  • Become comfortable making decisions regarding their academic endeavors.
  • Learn appropriate ways to self-advocate with faculty, staff and other students.
  • Be able to consider emerging interests and/or careers related their major.
  • Understand the benefits of engagement through co-curricular activities.
  • Understand the value of their degree is tied to the effort required to obtain it.