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Advising Learning Outcomes

  1. Independence: This is a critical ability for students to understand because the nature of interdisciplinary programs requires students to think outside of the box and develop their own educational path. In particular, the capstone project provides students with an opportunity to work independently while collaborating with an interdisciplinary team of faculty mentors.
  2. Students work with their advisors and with various resources on campus to identify concrete goals for their undergraduate degree as well as potential opportunities that they would like to pursue after graduation. Students and advisors work together to find opportunities on campus to participate in extra-curricular or distinction-awarding programs that will help them stand out and reach their goals.
  3. Community: In addition to identifying and achieving their educational goals within the program, students also need a supportive community centered on their degree of study. In order to achieve this goal, the advisors and faculty of the program have put together a series of events where students can meet their interdisciplinary peers and network together.
  4. Preparation: Students should be supported in identifying and exploring opportunities that they will pursue after graduation. Students will work with their advisor(s) to identify graduate programs or potential career positions that they are interested in pursuing and use campus resources to apply for them. Before graduating, students should have applied to multiple graduate school programs or multiple career positions and should have a clear strategy for marketing their interdisciplinary education to a potential employer or admissions officer.

 

Midterm Meetings

Students will be regularly invited to midterm advising meetings with an Integrated Studies advisor to discuss their courses, college experience, roadblocks, opportunities for internships or engaged learning, and whatever else they may want to discuss. These planned meetings will be a point of connection where the students can get the help that they need to accomplish their educational goals.

Fall Semester: Early October

Spring Semester: Early February

Advising in Canvas

Starting in Fall of 2019, students will have the option to participate in a non-credit Canvas course that allows them to access key advising documents, information about campus resources, and opportunities to get engaged both on & off campus.

Office Hours

Advisors for the Integrated Studies program have an open-door policy—we are always available for you to stop by and visit or seek help with your degree. These meetings are always available to you in addition to your recurring mid-term meetings. If you want to be sure not to miss us, please email to set up an appointment.

ADVISING FAQs

When do you meet with students?

We meet with students throughout the calendar year. COVID has led to virtual meetings being quite popular. Please email or call us to set up an appointment. Appointments usually last 30-60 minutes. Please come prepared with your UVID number and any questions that you may have.

What if I am out-of-state or I cannot make it to campus during that time?

If you are out-of-state, you can schedule a phone appointment. If you cannot meet during our standard times, please contact us for other options, we can sometimes schedule appointments outside of normal business hours.

I have an appointment, but am running just a few minutes late. Will that be a problem? 

If you are running late please email the person you are scheduled to meet with to let them know. However, if you will be more than 15 minutes late to your appointment, we might ask that you reschedule.

What if I just have a quick question?

Please feel free to email, call, or stop by. However, we may inform you that an appointment is necessary to fully address your issue.

Can I call or email you?

Of course! Brandon’s email is Brandon.Springer@uvu.edu and Mark’s is Mark.Olson@uvu.edu. The phone number for Brandon is 801-863-6485, for Mark it is 801-863-5888. However, we do not answer the phone while meeting with students. If you get the answering machine, please leave a detailed message including your full name, UVID number, phone number, and question. The same goes for email. Also, be aware that it may take up to 24 hours for us to respond (48 hours during peak times and 72 hours during the weekend).

What and when are walk-ins? 

Walk-in hours are hours during which students can meet with the advisor on a first-come, first-served basis. They are usually held on Wednesdays, at the beginning and end of the term, and during priority registration. However, they are always subject to change, and we highly recommend contacting the Integrated Studies department to confirm walk-in hours before arriving.

Do you only meet with Integrated Studies majors?

Generally, yes, but we have a basic level of knowledge about the other degrees and programs at UVU and we will refer you to these other programs if Integrated Studies doesn’t seem to be a good fit for you.

I have a hold. What can you do?

Holds are placed on student records for a variety of reasons. Most of the time there is some action that must be taken for the hold to be removed. If you are a new student, you must meet with your advisor for the hold to be removed (this can be over the phone if you are out-of-state). If it is an academic hold, please see Academic Standards for more information; students are often required to complete a workshop for this type of hold to be removed.

What are the prerequisites for certain classes?

ENGL 1010 and 2010 plus your general education math requirement must be completed before registering for IS 300R or IS 350R, as these courses are reading and writing intensive, and deal with complex issues and texts. IS 300R must be completed before registering for IS 4980, and IS 4980 must be completed before IS 4990.

Can/how do I late add?

Late adds are enrollments in a course after the wait list period ends (usually 6-7 days after the beginning of the term). If you would like to late add into a course, you must seek the permission of the faculty member teaching the course.