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Advising/Advising Syllabus

In a community of inquiry, academic advising is an educational process that, by intention and design, facilitates students’ understanding of the meaning and purpose of higher education and fosters their intellectual and personal development toward academic success and lifelong learning.

At Drexel, academic advising provides students with the guidance and resources they need to engage fully in University, departmental and programmatic offerings. As part of the Custom-Designed major, academic advising operates in tandem with faculty mentorship in order to assist students in planning their educational career, in developing the skills needed for academic success, and in learning how to access the variety of resources and services available to them.

Academic advising is a collaborative educational process whereby students and their advisors are partners in meeting essential learning outcomes and outlining the steps for achievement of the students’ personal, academic, and career goals.  This advisor/advisee partnership requires participation and involvement of both the advisor and the advisee as it is built over the student’s entire educational experience at Drexel. Both the advisee and the advisor have clear responsibilities for ensuring the advising partnership is successful, as outline below.

The CSDN advising syllabus can be found here.


The e-portfolio is a means for students to reflect upon and record their progress throughout the major. It also helps to integrate the academic experience with co-curricular activities (such as co-op) and with faculty mentorship and advising. All Custom-Designed Major students are expected to actively maintain their e-portfolio, and use it to structure conversations with their faculty mentor and academic advisor.

A sample template for a CSDN e-portfolio will be linked here shortly.

Senior Capstone Project/Defense

All CSDN students are required to complete a senior capstone project over the course of their final year at Drexel. The capstone comprises nine credits of coursework (three 3-credit courses: CSDN 304, 305, and 306). The student should pursue the project under the guidance of his or her faculty mentor. Senior capstone projects may include, but are not limited to, a paper based on original research; an artistic project, such as an exhibit, film, novel, or play; the design and development of a new product.

Students will be required to present and defend a research proposal before embarking upon the capstone project. Additionally, students will be expected to present their completed capstone projects during a showcase at the end of the academic year. Grades for the sequence of capstone courses will be based upon evaluations of the progress of the project; these evaluations will be conducted by the faculty mentor in consultation with CSDN faculty and staff.