The Academic Advising Center (AAC) is here to help you on your path to graduation. Beginning with students’ orientation and continuing throughout your time at FCCU, the goal of this center is to help students resolve issues that may prevent them from graduating on time. Here students can be assisted in issues like degree audits, provision of guidance regarding courses and road maps, and directing them to appropriate offices for non-academic issues. We intend to help students in exploring their field of interest and developing it to their full potential.
The Academic Advising Center (AAC) is open to all undergraduate students.
We offer advising sessions on a drop-in basis from 10 am to 3 pm, lunch break excluded. Monday-Friday (excluding holidays). While our office will be busy throughout the day, waiting times for students in the mornings will be usually shorter. Students are welcome to make appointments as well.
Our key role is to facilitate student development and communicate information regarding degree programs, courses, resources, and departmental policies/procedures to help students attain their educational goals. The academic advising process helps students to:
- Understand policies and procedures, curricular options, and academic program requirements
- Define and outline their educational objectives
- Helping students understand general education requirements as well as major subjects’ requirements.
- Plan programs that incorporate their interests, abilities, and goals
- Take full advantage of the facilities and resources available at FCCU.
Other roles include:
Providing resources and professional development necessary for exemplary academic advising.
Seeking feedback/ evaluation from advisers and students for efficient academic advising.
Drop-In Academic Advising Service
The Academic Advising Center (AAC) is open to all undergraduate students.
We offer advising sessions on a drop-in basis from 10am to 3pm, lunch break excluded. Monday-Friday (excluding holidays). While our office will be busy throughout the day, waiting times for students in the mornings will be usually shorter. Students are welcome to make appointments as well.
Can’t drop by? Not on campus?
We do encourage in-person advising sessions if you are able to come into our office.
If you are not able to come in, we can answer less complicated questions via email (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org), often within 24 hours. Please remember to send us your questions and request for appointments from your FCC Official email account and mention your contact number on which the Academic Advisor/ Student Support Officer can contact you..
Students will receive a call from an Academic Support Officer if required.
The student appointments are scheduled in advance whereas walk-in meetings is done on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Student Academic Support Service
Academic Advising Center will offer Advising Sessions to students and will discuss their roadmap/ path to academic success. This includes:
- choosing or changing their degree elements (such as declaring a major, minor, concentration or specialization)
- learning to read and understand their audit to review their degree requirements
- explore the academic difficulties they may be experiencing and looking at ways to develop a plan to get themselves back on track
- Understanding academic Rules and Policies, such as Registration Policies, Exemptions and Credit, Withdrawal. Overload, Semester Freeze, Academic Dismissal and Readmission, Academic Probation etc.
Your audit is your ‘road map’ to academic success. It tells you the courses you are required to take in order to complete your degree at Forman Christian College.
Be sure to look at your audit often to make sure you are on the right track. The audit will inform you of the progress you have already made, as well as show you the courses you will need to take in the future.
Remember, YOU are the one responsible for making sure your requirements have been met to graduate!
The audit can tell you information such as:
- your degree title and requirements
- year-standing (Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior or Senior)
- courses you have previously taken or ones you are currently registered in, along with the grade for the completed courses
- your Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)
- your academic standing
The audit is an important tool in determining the courses you will have to take in order to meet your requirements to graduate. It shows your academic history and current academic status, as well as outlines outstanding courses and credits that you still need for graduation.
Learning to do your Degree Audit with your Advisor and understand your audit will help to ease any confusion or concerns you might have about your degree requirements.
Remember: Your audit with your Advisor is not an official document.
Departmental academic advising is offered to students who have specific questions about their current degree program. For this very purpose we have Academic Advisors for each Department. They can answer program-specific questions such as:
- Assistance with course selection
- Major/ Degree Requirements
- Information on prerequisites, cross-listed courses etc.
- Equivalencies and substitutions
- Information on internships
Why do I need to see my Academic Adviser on a regular basis?
Students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor on a regular basis to ensure that they are on track. Academic advising is a responsibility of both the student and the advisor and the decision-making process by which students realize their maximum educational potential. Academic advising is a shared responsibility between an advisor and the student. The advisor serves as a facilitator and it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to make decisions about their academic goals by creating a plan to reach those goals.
How do I get in contact with my assigned Academic Adviser?
You can get in contact with your adviser by emailing him/her. Just in case you do not know about your adviser or your Empower Account does not display your Academic Adviser, you need to visit Academic Advising Center.
What kind of issues can be helped through Academic Advising?
Advisors help students resolve the academic issues if they face any, explore their academic interests, identify resources for additional information and support, and develop plans of study appropriate for their educational goals.
Is this confidential?
Yes, whatever is addressed and discussed is confidential. Nothing will be revealed to anyone outside the center. Except in certain urgent circumstances, we would normally speak to you first before contacting other concerned departments (s).
Does my concern have to be a serious one to see my Advisor?
Seeking academic advising is about making positive choices to get better academic planning for yourself. Please don’t wait until a concern turns into a problem. Address and discuss it when something is relatively minor so that it can be handled more quickly.
Can I change my Advisor if I want?
No. Students can’t change their advisors without any reason. The student must visit Academic Advising Center to discuss the issues he/she is facing with his/her advisor and the decision of changing the advisor will be made on the basis of that.
Are there any other ways of approaching the Academic Student Support Officers? Can faculty members also refer students?
It’s preferred that students must first visit the Advising Center to discuss their issues instead of going to the faculty members. But if they feel more comfortable with a faculty member then the faculty member can refer the student to their respective departmental advisor.
Will I be provided with Handouts/Help Guide?
Students can visit the official website as all the Handouts/ Help Guide including roadmaps, checklists, catalogs and other important documents are available online.
Can I get a Baccalaureate degree in less-than-designated time?
Yes. A student can get a bachelor’s degree in less-than-designated time if the student is able to meet all the graduation requirements.
Do I have to pay for the services provided by the Academic Advising Center?
When will I be assigned, my major academic adviser?
The students having BCS, BSB, and BTC programs will be assigned their advisors right after they are finished with their Forman experience (UNIV100 course). The other BA/BS students will be assigned their major advisors once they declare their major.
When am I supposed to declare my Major?
BA/BS students are supposed to declare their Major(s)/Minor(s) in their Sophomore year.
What if more help is required other than what the Academic Advising Center can provide?
Before dropping by the Advising Center, check to see if it’s the right place to have your questions answered.
Refer to this table to check whether or not you should seek service elsewhere on campus:
|If you need help with:
|Health and well-being
||Mercy Health Center and Counseling Services
||Career Services Office
||Student Life Activates Offices
||International Education Office
|Tuition and fee
||Financial Aid Office
The provision of credit overload is provided to the students only if it is absolutely necessary to enroll credits beyond the allowed credit limit in order to keep up with graduation requirements in a given term. Students submitting their petition should be in good academic standing and justify the need to take extra credits. The submission of petition does not guarantee the overload approval automatically as all petitions are carefully examined before final approval by the academic advising center. The basis of approval or denial decision may vary from case to case depending upon course, credit and CGPA history.
The process and approval of credit overload is in compliance with Higher Education Commission’s 8-regular semesters (Fall and Spring) policy. Therefore, FCCU mandates all students to take 8 regular semesters (Spring and Fall) to graduate. The summer and winter terms can be taken if students wish so. However, they should only take these terms in order to graduate on time, NOT to attempt to graduate early. While, FCC recognizes degrees once all requirements are met, HEC will not attest degrees with less than 8 regular semesters taken.
Petition for Credit Overload Form
The form is enabled on the 1st day of “Real Registration” and will remain open till 2nd last day of registration.
Please note that this form will not receive petition requests during Add/Drop of a Semester.
The form will accept responses between 9 am-5 pm during the working days only. Please note, it takes at least one working day for the AAC team to finalize the decision regarding credit overload petition. In some cases, it may take more time than usual.
Click on the given link to access the Petition for Credit Overload Form: https://forms.gle/SCwjS3DZUqNDSYZPA
Read the provided instructions on the form carefully before submitting it.