Advisors are a key component in your educational career. Advisors offer advice on course selections, choice of Secondary Fields and electives, the honors program (if applicable), career choices, and graduate school. In addition, interacting with your advisor as time passes will set the stage for potential letters of recommendations for awards, scholarships, internships, permanent jobs, and graduate school. Each student in ISE is paired with an academic advisor. A different advisor may be requested based on preference or if an advisor is no longer available.
The Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering Undergraduate Advising System consists of four essential elements:
- Academic Records
- Academic Advisors
- Advising Tools
Significant advising tools complement the student-advisor relationship. The Course-Planning Consultant (CPC) is a web-based program used for students in the GE and IE undergraduate curriculums. This planning tool evaluates your academic records, course selection, and prerequisites and suggests courses that should be taken in order to avoid graduation delays. The CPC is a virtually fail-safe way of insuring that no costly mistakes are made in planning future courses. In practice, it relieves students of the burden of interpreting sometimes difficult-to-digest information from various sources and has been field-proven to help prevent costly delays. Because of the recognized value of the CPC, its use is expected of all ISE students.
Other advising tools include the CPC’s Information Survey, which collects and transfers Secondary Field declarations (GEs only), intended graduation dates, and grad-school plans to the College and Departmental databases; online and hardcopy petition and request forms; graduation-countdown spreadsheets; and a unique Departmental database that enables advisors and students to submit keyword searches that can produce valuable information.
You, the student, are the critical element of the ISE Advising System. All of the above ingredients remain as dormant and untapped resources unless you act by being proactive in all these areas, by checking and verifying your records, by meeting with your advisor, and by using the CPC and related tools. By not being proactive in all these areas, you risk being controlled by events rather than taking control of your destiny. It’s your choice ... make the wise one!