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Advising FAQ's

1. What if I don't know who my advisor is?

Log into Campus Connect and you will find the name of your academic advisor on the main menu under your name and contact information.

2. How do I change my major or advisor?

Students wishing to change advisors, but keep the same major, should see the appropriate Division Chair for a new advisor to be assigned.

Students wishing to change their major but keep the same advisor should see their current advisor.

Students wishing to change their advisor and major should see the appropriate Division Chair for a new advisor to be assigned.

All changes of major and/or advisor or done via Campus Connect by accessing the Faculty Menu.  This cannot be done by students.  It must be done by someone with a faculty/administrative login.

3. When should I meet with my advisor?

Since your advisor can be one of the most significant people during your college career, you should meet with your advisor within the first three weeks of the semester. Academic advising is an ongoing process rather than a single isolated appointment or event. Meeting with your advisor can help you define your academic or career goals and help you choose classes.

4. Do I need an appointment to see an advisor?

Most advisors prefer that you contact them directly, through e-mail or by telephone to schedule an advising session. Many times, though, students drop by with a quick question during their advisor's posted office hours, but a scheduled session allows your advisor to plan ahead and prepare for your visit.

5. What can you expect from an advisor?

Typically, advising is provided to help you determine an academic direction that meets your goals. Advising may involve helping you:

  • Select an academic program
  • Understand ASUB processes and procedures
  • Select and register for courses
  • Add /drop a course
  • Change enrollment status
  • Withdraw from a course or the school
  • Make sure you have completed graduation requirements
  • Address academic issues encountered during the semester

5. What should I do if my advisor's office hours aren't conducive to my class schedule?

If you are unable to contact your advisor during regular office hours, you can leave a voicemail or e-mail him/her asking them to contact you to arrange a mutually convenient time. Your message should include:

  • Your name
  • Contact information: home, work, cell numbers and your university e-mail address
  • Reason for the appointment
  • Possible meeting times

6.   How should I prepare for my appointment?

Do your homework. Think about your goals and realistically consider your other commitments (work, family, social life, etc.) and how they impact the time you will be able to spend in class and on outside assignments. If you are currently enrolled, consider how you are doing in your classes and how you are doing with your current load. Inform your advisor about any changes in your academic plans (change of major, transfer plans, etc.).

7.  What should I bring?

You should bring the following items to every advising session:

  • Your degree plan
  • A current class schedule
  • An unofficial transcript or placement scores
  • A tentative list of classes you want to take
  • Your college catalog. If you plan to transfer you need a copy of the transfer school's catalog.

8. What questions should I ask?

  • How does the registration process work?
  • Can you explain my degree plan?
  • Will you help me create a one year academic plan of study?
  • What is the difference between degrees (Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science, Technical Certificate and Certificate of Proficiency)?
  • Will these classes transfer?

9.  When do I register for classes?

Registration occurs three times per year. Exact dates for registration are published in the Student Handbook.

10. What do I need to do to transfer to a four year college or university?

Meet with the Career/Transfer Counselor in the Student Success Center as early as possible so that you don't miss important deadlines.

11. How do I obtain an official copy of my transcript?

To obtain an official transcript, you must complete a Transcript Request Form and submit it to the Registrar's Office (State Hall). Copies of the blank form are found in the Registrar's Office or online.

12. What does being in good academic standing mean?

Good academic standing means that you maintain a high enough cumulative grade point average (GPA), as defined in the Student Handbook. If your GPA falls below certain levels, you risk being placed on academic warning, probation, or suspension.

13. What should I do if I think I am in jeopardy of not being in good academic standing?

If you are not in good academic standing, or you think you may fall below the GPA to be considered in good standing, please come in and meet with your advisor, who is available to lend support and discuss your options.

14. Why is it important to be in good academic standing?

It is important to be in good academic standing because it allows you to be able to hold leadership positions in student organizations, to be eligible for financial aid, and to be a candidate for graduation.

15. Where can students earn college credit for information they already know?

Contact the Testing Coordinator in the Student Success Center for further information on the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP).

17.  Will my credit transfer?

State policy requires all state universities in Arkansas to accept ASU-Beebe's minimum core courses in transfer.

Most state universities in Arkansas accept ASU-Beebe's 43-semester hour core curriculum as meeting their general education core if the student completes the A.A. Degree.

18. What if I stop attending class and never drop?

Students who stop attending a course without following the appropriate procedure to drop will receive a failing grade.

Arkansas State University-Beebe has a class attendance policy which requires each student to meet a prescribed number of classes during each course. Failure to do so may affect grades and may result in the student being dropped from the class with a failing grade recorded immediately. This policy is explained in detail in the current student handbook and should be explained in each course syllabus.

Once a student has registered for courses at ASU-Beebe, failure to attend class does not constitute withdrawal. Students must follow the proper procedures for withdrawing from the semester.

19. What is Principles of Academic Success?

This course serves as an introduction to concepts and information that are essential for academic success. The course is an interactive seminar that requires student participation in the exploration of improving academic skills and providing an orientation to campus services.

This course may be used as 3 hours in the 15 hours of electives in the liberal arts Associate of Arts program.