Academic Transitions Program (ATP) Preparation for New WKU

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Title: Orientation Connoisseurs
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ATP on the Road Program
Academic Transitions
Preparation for New WKU Students
We are here. . .What to learn?
• Talk through the ATP season
• Tips for success at ATP
• New things to keep in mind
regarding ATP
• Processes prior to ATP
• Growth from experience. . .
• Basics of Advising
• Anything else you want
Discuss the following: (1) Three strategies you use in your
advising at ATP that differ from your “normal advising”
appointment (2) Three things you always wanted to know
about ATP but haven’t (3) Tips for the new advisor or for the
seasoned advisor regarding a successful ATP advising day
Tips! Tips! Tips! Success Tips!
• Customer service is key
– Honesty
– Effort
– Accuracy
• Make no assumptions
– General Education Requirements
– Scheduling
– Locations
What type of Students we are
working with
• We are working with the “Millennial”
generation of students
– Parents lives revolve around them
– Constant contact with friends-Text
– Nurtured, wanted generation
• Individual attention in needed
– What is the first thing we ask a student
when working with them?
– How many times have you been
through the ATP process? How many
times has the student been through
the ATP process?
That’s what happens
• Emails to
regarding the AARC
Program (early Feb.)
• Actual PreRegistration will
begin shortly after
Scholars ATP
• AARC does not preregister students for
Math or Chemistry
• AARC also does not
pre-register transfer
students with more
than 24 hours
• AARC does not preregister students for
the Scholars ATP
that is coming up
on March 17 (2
• Packets are
delivered two days
prior to the ATP
(students can
register for an ATP
session three days
before the ATP)
What is in the ATP Pre-Registration
Packet? Money? HA!
• The packets do have:
Advising Basics
Advance Registration Letters
Schedules (yellow sheet)
List of expected students to
attend your department during
– Other items (depending on
When they get to us? Do they know
anything about advising?
• During Orientation Assembly, they are briefly
hear about General Education
Requirements at WKU
– Told where to find general education
requirements in the Registration Guide
• Students are also given an “ATP Student
– This booklet contains information regarding
academic advising at WKU
– Also has the expectations for the
advisor/advisee relationship
– iCAP is briefly mentioned in this booklet as well
• They do NOT have an Undergraduate
• Course Schedule-Paper Version
Here come the Students!
• Students arrive to the “Meet the Dean”
sessions at approximately 12:15 (except for
Scholars ATP-1p.m.)
• After this session, students taken to
departments for advising/registration process
within department
• Exploratory students who also are not
Exploratory under a specific college will be
advised in AARC
• AARC also serves as the “Help Lab” for
students who arrive at the Finish Line and
have issues with their schedules/and or did
not have a positive advising experience in
their college/department
So Now what to I do with these
• First time experiences
• Hello Mr. 800421402
and Ms. 800412204!
Welcome to ATP!!!
• Each of us has a
process-talk them
through that
experience-put their
minds at ease
• Clear as Mud
CRN Number
Course subjects
Finish Line
Developmental Information
• Reading Developmental Information
– Students with a 17 or lower on the reading section of
the ACT MUST take DRDG 080C-College Reading
– Students with a 18 or 19 on the reading section of
the ACT MUST take Literacy 199.
– LTCY 199 should be linked with a higher level reading
course (HIST 119/120, PSY 100, SOC 100, etc.)
– As with English developmental courses, students
need to take these courses as soon as possible.
There should not be a delay in taking these courses.
– Students must earn a “C” or higher to pass the
course. A grade of a “D” or an “F” will force the
student to retake the course (DRDG 080C).
– DRDG 080C is Commonwealth School and LTY 199 is
Main Campus
Courses to Avoid. . .
• If a student is taking DRDG
080C, what are some courses
to avoid?
History 119/120
Sociology 100
Psychology 100/199
Philosophy courses
Religious Studies courses
Generally courses that require a
large amount of reading
Developmental Information
• English Developmental Information
– If students have between a 0 and a 12 on the English
section of ACT, they must take DENG 055 Enhanced.
– If students have a 15 or below on the English section
of the ACT, they must take English 055C at
Commonwealth School.
– If students have a 16 or 17 on the English section of
the ACT, they must take English 100 Enhanced.
– Students must earn a “C” or higher to progress to
English 100 in the DENG 055 courses.
• Information for English Courses
– Students who earn a 18-28 on the English section of
the ACT take English 100.
– An ACT 29 or higher earns the student credit in ENG
• Remember to ask students if they will bring in AP
Credit in English. If they will, do NOT schedule them
Advising for Math
• Developmental Mathematics
– See the Math Placement Chart
– Found on the Math Department
website or linked through the
Advisor Information tab on the
AARC website
• Non-Developmental
– See the Math Placement Chart
Remember, when it doubt, contact
the Math Department for all of your
questions (5-3652)
Math Advice Continues
• Math 109 or Math 116 or above
– 22 on ACT is HUGE-CPE Mandates it puts a student into
a Math 116 (could be Math 116E)
– Not all students must take Math 116 or above-It
depends on the major/minor/department and college.
– When uncertain, contact the specific department or
• Developmental courses
– If students only require Math 109, they do not need to
take a developmental course. (they may have to take
an enhanced section)
– If it is a developmental course the path could be DMA
055C (Commonwealth School), DMA 096C (main
campus and Commonwealth School), Math 116/Math
116E (depends on grade in DMA 096 course).
– In order to move to the next level of developmental
math course, students must earn a “C” or higher. If they
get a “D” or a “F” they must retake the course.
Advising for Modern Languages
Placement Policy of 2000/2004
• Students who begin their college career as degreeseeking students during the 2004 summer term and
thereafter will be required to complete a second–
semester elementary foreign language course (or
any higher-level course).
• What about international students?
• Students who earned two or more credits for
language study in middle or high school may not
enroll as beginners in a 101 course in that same
language. They must begin at the 102 level or higher
if they want to continue that same language at WKU.
Students may choose to enroll in a 101 course in a
language different from the one they studied in high
school and complete 101 and 102 in that new
• From Susanne Davis
Advising for Modern Languages
Students with no high school language
• WKU will admit students who have not
completed the pre-college curriculum,
but they must make up this entrance
deficiency by passing a 101 (firstsemester elementary level) course in
any foreign language within the first 24
credit hours of their WKU studies. These
students must also complete a 102
course to satisfy the General Education
• From Susann Davis
Advising for Modern Languages
WKU Placement test
– Students who come to Western with strong language
skills or who have had more than 2 years of high
school language study in a language should take a
departmental placement exam to see if they can
place into a course higher than 102. The French,
German, and Spanish placement exams are
available online at The exam
takes approximately 20 minutes and scores are
automatically reported to the Department of
Modern Languages. For exams in other languages,
please contact the Department of Modern
Languages at (270) 745-2401.
– Modern Languages: 745-2401
– Susann Davis: 745-6478
– From Susanne Davis
Advising & Registering of Students
• Every student is different! Strategies
might have to be as well.
• Students should be advised and
registered with your
department/college during this
process. AARC is a help lab but the
registration process should happen
in your department.
• Make sure students leave with a
printed off schedule of their
schedule. The “Finish Line” will be
making sure they do.
NO! Not this!
NO! Not this!
This? YES!
You got questions? We will have
some answers!
• Academic Advising & Retention Center
– Prior to ATP sessions feel free to contact me at
AARC at 270-745-2304
– During ATP, call 745-2178 (TLC Computer Lab),
745-6254 (TLC), or 270-792-9233 (cell) and again
ask for me.
• ATP Help Room
– Call 745-6416
• Orientation Office
– General ATP Questions
– Profile Sheet Questions
– Math Placement Exam Scores (not entered)
– Call 745-4242
• STEPS Questions
– Call 270-745-2178 and ask for Alisha Smith
The End? Nope-With ATP it is
just the Beginning!
Questions, praises, confusions, or
anything else relevant?
For ATP and Freshman Year
Honors Advising
Honors Graduation
• Honors Curriculum
9 hours of Honors General Education
3 hours of Honors Core
6 hours of Honors electives
6 hours of Honors upper division
– 3 hours of Honors upper division in the
– 6 hours of Capstone Experience/Thesis
• Minimum of 33 credit hours in Honors
• Must maintain a 3.2 GPA
Honors General Education
• 9 hours of Honors General Education
– Must be in 3 of the 6 General Education
• A: ENG 100, ENG 300, SPAN 102, FREN 102,
CD 102, CHNF 102, COMM 145 & COMM 161
• B: ENG 200, ENG 398, AMS 180, ART 100, MUS
120, MUS 326, MUS 327, PHIL 201 & THEA 151
• C: ANTH 130, ECON 150, ECON 202, GERO
100, HIST 119, HIST 120, PS 110, PS 250, PSY 100,
PSY 199, SWRK 101, SOC 100 & WOMN 200
• D: ASTR 106, ASTR 214, BIOL 120, BIOL 122,
CHEM 120, ENV 280, GEOG 100, GEOG 121,
GEOL 111/113, MATH 109 & MATH 126
• E: AFAM 190, ANTH 120, COMM 263, DANC
360, FLK 280 & GEOG 110
• F: CFS 111, DANC 311, DANC 313, DANC 317
& MIL 101
General Honors Course Info
• What is the Honors Core?
– A discussion based course, similar to the Honors
– 3 credit hours, 4 contact hours
– Highly encouraged for first semester
• Honors Electives (any level course)
• Honors Upper Division Electives
– any 300 or 400 level course
– Can be in the major
• Honors Upper Division in the Major
– any 300 or 400 level course
– requirement of a major
• CE/T
– 3 hours of HON 403 and 3 hours of HON 404
– There are exceptions to the HON 403
First Semester Freshman
• 9 Honors hours in the first year at
– Try for 6 Honors hours in the fall
– 3 Honors hours are acceptable for
the fall
– MUST understand that they need 9
in the first year
– Hours act like “roll over minutes”
– More Honors hours = better Honors
– MUST keep a 3.2 GPA
ATP Days
• Sign Honors students up for 6
hours of Honors credit
• Sign Honors eligible students
up for 3 hours upon request
• For more information on ATP
days, we are in DUC 310
– Amy Chester for Advising
– Lindsey Westerfield for
Honors Advisor
• On ATP Day
– Always welcome to visit with
Honors during the ATP
– DUC 310
• Any Other Day
– Honors Center (house across
from Planetarium)
– 745-3020
– [email protected]
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