Exploratory Advising (EA), a division of Student Affairs, assists students in actively exploring and identifying majors to match their career interests. EA strives to help facilitate a smooth transition to the appropriate Departmental Advising Office. This is accomplished through assistance in major/career exploration, individual and group advising sessions and workshops as well as with assistance from our highly skilled student Advising Aides.
Goals and Learning Outcomes
To assist in the academic success of Exploratory, Aggie Prep, Pre-Business, and Pre-Health students, Exploratory Advising will:
- Promote the purpose of general education.
- Provide opportunities for critical self-reflection.
- Facilitate major and career exploration by directing students to appropriate tools.
- Coordinate the Exploratory Advising Bridge Program and Aggie Prep Program.
- Collaborate with Division of Student Affairs personnel to provide fitting referral services.
Exploratory Advising adheres to the guidelines identified by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) and the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) Advising Standards. As such, Exploratory Advising endorses the core values of responsible academic advising.
As a department within the Division of Student Affairs, Exploratory Advising abides by the professional competencies established by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).
Assessment Plan 2017 - 2018
|Goals||Assessment Tool||Data Source Documentation||Timeline||Responsible Persons||Map to Division Goals|
Implement revisions to the process
|Secondary data review.||Argos reports using Banner data.||One to three months after end of term academic standing processing.||Niki Weight, Stephanie Hamblin||Student Affairs Goals 1, 6, and 8|
Develop an understanding of high credit
|Secondary data review and student survey.||Argos reports using Banner data.
Students with 45 or more earned credits.
|One to three months after end-of-term.||Niki Weight
|Student Affairs Goals 1, 6, and 8|
As part of this analysis, we learned that students who began at the university as Undeclared changed their major less often compared to students who entered the university with a declared major. See Table 2.
Based on these findings, we conducted anaylsis of Exploratory students who met with an advisor in Exploratory Advising during the 2016-2017 academic year to identify why they were Exploratory. After these appointments, advisors provided data regarding why the student was Exploratory. These responses were categorized into eleven unique areas. See Chart 1. These results sparked a learning objective for the 2017-2018 academic year to develop an understanding of high credit Exploratory students in an effort to reduce the number of students in Exploratory with more than 45 earned credits.
In the 2016-2017 academic year, the Aggie Prep Program coordinated by the Exploratory Advising Center implemented several programmatic changes to better implement the program goals and assist students in achieving success. These changes included
- Passing grades for the required courses were clearly defined as:
- English 1010: C- or higher
- USU 1010/1730: C- or higher
- Math/Stats course: C- or higher unless a general math course in which a D is considered passing
- Students admitted into the program after Fall 2016, were required to maintain a 2.0 USU overall GPA to continue in the program.
- The two-semester mandatory advising appointment was only required for students if they received below a 2.5 GPA semester GPA during their first semester.
- The notation “Mid-semester Check-in” used for the mandatory advising appointment was renamed to “Aggie Prep Advising Appointment.”
- Admission into the Aggie Prep Program was restricted to new freshman or students transferring with less than 24 credits.
- Students will no longer be transferred from the Aggie Prep Program into the Exploratory program.