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The College of Saint Rose is strongly committed to the intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual development of our students. A faculty advisor will be assigned to you at the beginning of your first semester (an email will be sent with their name and contact information) and this person will help you to explore options and provide you with resources concerning careers, choice of major and course selection among other topics.

Please note that your advisor’s role is to guide and counsel.  It is your responsibility to make final decisions and to meet all program and degree requirements. If you would like to change your advisor, you will need to fill out the Change of Advisor formsolicit a signature from the advisor with whom you wish to work, and submit the form to the Office of Academic Advising.

There are a variety of reasons to meet with your faculty advisor. Each semester, you will have an Advisement Day in which you should meet with your advisor to discuss your course selections for the upcoming semester. During this time, you should also review your degree planning and academic progress. Other than advising day, you should meet with your advisor to discuss any problems which may be impacting your academic performance, or if you wish to add, drop, or withdraw from a course. You may also wish to meet with your advisor to discuss changing your major and future career considerations.

It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of the course registration policies including:  Add/Drop/Withdraw and Pass/Fail Grading.

Tips for Enhancing Appointments with Your Advisor

  • Keep advising appointments, be on time, and BE PREPARED.
  • Read and become familiar with the catalog and your program requirements.
  • Review the course listing and choose courses BEFORE your advising appointment.
  • Choose alternative classes in case of close outs.
  • Take the initiative to keep in touch with your advisor.
  • Prepare written notes of the questions and concerns that you would like to address. Your advisor will be available to discuss classes, study habits, academic progress and other concerns.
  • Ask questions regarding policies or procedures that you may not understand. Your advisor will listen to you and help you find solutions.
  • Ask your advisor about any course prerequisites in your program and how they may affect course sequence.
  • Ask clarifying questions until you understand.
  • Keep your advisor informed of changes in schedules, academic problems, change of major, etc.
  • Make regular appointments with your advisor and seek help when needed.
  • Follow through when you are referred to another individual or office.
  • Make final decisions about choices concerning academic matters.
  • Accept responsibility for decisions and academic choice.

Time on Task

Time on task is the total learning time spent by a student in a college course, including instructional time as well as time spent studying and completing course assignments (e.g., reading, research, writing, individual and group projects.) Regardless of the delivery method or the particular learning activities employed, the amount of learning time in any college course should meet the guideline of the Carnegie unit, a total of 45 hours for one semester credit (in conventional classroom education this breaks down into 15 hours of instruction plus 30 hours of student work/study out of class). Therefore, each credit of course work requires 3 hours of work per week outside of the classroom (so, a 3 credit course would require 9 hours per week).