Student Success

Committed Advisors + Engaged Students = Student Success

Academic advising at Morehouse College is a form of robust one-on-one teaching and mentoring. Academic advisors are encouraged to get to know each advisee and to be available to support them in various ways.

ACADEMIC ADVISING AND STUDENT SUPPORT

Coordinator of Academic Advising and Support
 
Ms. Jacquelynn Davis, MBA, has worked in higher education for 13.5 years, is a member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), and has various experience in student development/advisement. In this role  her essential duties and responsibilities include:
  • Collaborating with Academic Chairs responsible for the advisement and recovery of students to develop and implement best practice advising models
  • Advisement and on-going communication and outreach (individual and group) with undeclared, undecided, changing major, and provisional admit students
  • Assistance with transition to student's declared major
  • Coordination of the I.C.A.R.E. Recovery Program (including MANdatory Academic Planning (MAP), Faculty Referrals, Work4Success Skillshops, etc.)
  • Serving as a resource for the College regarding issues of academic advising (schedule planning, advisor recruitment and training, etc.)
  • Supporting faculty and staff in their role as academic advisors through information, training sessions, seminars and workshops, and materials  
  • Working collaboratively with enrollment, financial aid, student account services, records, IT, and the Academic Resource Center to identify and resolve issues associated with academic advising, including placement exams
  • Working with IT and academic departments to ensure effective, accurate and efficient online advising and registration, policy changes/updates, student concerns, etc.
  • Collaborating with faculty advisors and with the staff of the Academic Resource Center to ensure student needs are being communicated and met, especially those who are referred with academic probation and separation concerns
  • Serving on the NSO Committee to help coordinate planning for new and transfer students over the summer preceding their arrival, through NSO, and in support of ongoing advising support throughout students’ enrollment at Morehouse College
  • Serving on the Academic Standing Committee with the Assistant Provost for Student Success
  • Providing general advising services when needed.

Your Faculty Advisor

A Faculty Advisor will be assigned to each student who has declared a major or minor through the appropriate department(s). Students who have difficulty identifying, reaching, or communicating with their Faculty Advisor(s) should contact their Department Chair(s).

Your Role

Students are likewise encouraged to play an active part in the advising relationship and seek their advisor’s help to:

  • develop a 4 Year Study Plan
  • declare and/or change a major or minor
  • understand the contents in the Course Bulletin
  • select courses for the upcoming term
  • change course registration prior to Drop/Add
  • improve academic skills
  • monitor their academic progress
  • explore post graduate and/or career plans
  • find campus and community resources for problems that affect academic performance (this may include social or personal problems)

Students are encouraged to see their academic advisor at least twice each semester. Additionally, Douglass Academic Resource Center's twitter account is another way for students to receive academic advice. It does not replace face time. While students are encouraged to seek multiple perspectives on how best to pursue their goals, they must accept responsibility for their own academic success and beware relying solely on information from peers.

Declaring or Changing A Major/Minor

Students may choose from among 26 majors across three academic divisions. While some students know exactly which major they want to choose, others are not as certain. Students who desire assistance with determining which major is best for them should visit with Ms. Jackie Davis, faculty in the area of study of interest, and Career Services prior to making a decision. Additional steps may be required to declare a major in some disciplines, and thus students may be required to meet with the program director/chair.

All incoming students are encouraged to declare a major prior to Advising Week of the second semester of their first year. This ensures that all students have the opportunity to be mentored by faculty in the academic discipline they want to study as early as possible.

Affirmation Ceremonies

All incoming students are assigned a Faculty Advisor upon enrollment based upon the major they identified when applying to the college. During New Student Orientation, students affirm their majors and are assigned faculty advisors by the Department Chair in their anticipated major. The students will reaffirm their major when they have earned 45 credit hours or when they have been enrolled for 1.5 years.

Next Semester Registration Advisement

Effective November 2016, The Office of Student Success will hold course registration advising sessions for undecided, undeclared, changing majors ONLY. Undecided and changing majors will be guided through major/career exploration. Undeclared students will be encouraged to officially declare their major. The Office will also hold group sessions for declared students as requested by departments and pre-professional programs for general education courses. Contact Ms. Jackie Davis in the Douglass Academic Resource Center or at jacquelynn.davis@morehouse.edu

If you have declared a major; see your faculty advisor or department chair for registration advisement.

Course Registration Process

Students are able to register for courses and choose their class times/sections via TigerNet. However, they are required to meet with their academic advisor during Advising Week but no later than the last day of Drop/Add. The College designates Advising Week as the week prior to the first day of registration in the Fall and Spring semester. Advisement holds are placed on electronic student records to prevent students from registering for courses until all holds have been removed. Required course materials will be provided to students who register for 100 level courses as part of their tuition and fees through includED.