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Student Success and Advising at Mount Aloysius College!

Consistent with Mount Aloysius College’s Mission Statement, the Student Success and Advising Office is committed to combining education for life with preparation for professional excellence. This office is responsible for coordinating the course registration process for all incoming first-year students, as well as, assigning all of the students to an academic advisor. We closely monitor our students’ academic performance to ensure their educational satisfaction and retention. Academic excellence is our priority, personal attention contributes to students’ educational and career achievements.

FOR STUDENTS

The Student Success and Advising Office contacts each freshman prior to the beginning of the semester to register for classes. The first scheduling appointment is completed with the Advising Office. After that, each student is assigned an Advisor within his/her chosen program, and students contact their Advisor prior to scheduling classes for subsequent semesters. It is important for students to meet with Advisor’s to be sure they are taking classes required for their timely graduation and to answer questions about internships, leadership applications, or to obtain answers to other important questions. After the first semester, students can register for their classes online after meeting with their Advisor.

What can I do to be successful?

  • Time Management:  Set an appropriate amount of time aside to read notes, books, and study regularly while balancing other obligations.
  • Use all free time in between classes to study.  Make sure you study on Fridays and Saturdays as well.
  • Study Skills:  Don’t cram!  Begin studying Day 1 of class.  If you are taking 12 credits, you should be studying at least 2 hours per credit which equals 24 hours a week of study time.
  • Organize Your Time:  Each night before bed, make up your schedule for the next day.  Include time for studying, class, and other requirements.  You may also schedule for the week ahead when aware of events happening at the end of the week.  Your weekly schedule may include non-study activities.

If you have any further questions, please contact Student Success and Advising at (814) 886-6420.

Things to keep in mind

  • You must maintain 12 credits to be considered a full time student. You must pass 24 credits within an academic year to make progress towards Financial Aid.
  • Financial Aid differs between full time students and part time students.
  • If you plan on dropping a class, you must speak with your advisor first.
  • While EE courses are credited and are used in Financial Aid, they do not count as credits earned towards graduation or as elective credits.
  • You must meet with your advisor within the first 2 weeks of class.
  • In order to graduate on time, you must have 15 credits per semester or be willing to take summer classes.
  • Plenty of resources are available to you on campus. Take advantage of them.
  • It is your responsibility as a student to become familiar with the College Catalog and the requirements for your  major.

Campus Resources

  • Learning Commons:  Theresa Spanella-(814) 886-6415—Library First Floor
  • Campus Ministry: Thomas Shireman (814) 886-6483 —St. Gert’s Hall 38
  • Professional Tutoring in Health Science:  Karen Castagnola  – (814) 886-6440—Pierce Hall 207
  • Career Development:  Kristy Magee—  (814) 886-6320 — Library First Floor
  • Registrar’s Office: Deanna Hamilton- (814) 886-6343
  • Financial Aid: Stacy Schenk- (814) 886-6357
  • Controller’s Office: (814) 886-6368
  • Mount Aloysius Academic Preparation Program :  Jenna Shuck – (814) 886-6398—St. Gert’s Hall 33
  • Counseling:  Marisa Evans -(814) 886-6336—St. Joe’s Hall 101
  • Residence Life: Chris Koren – (814) 886-6407—-Cosgrave 102
  • Student Involvement and Leadership:  Elaine Grant – (814) 886-6321— Cosgrave 104
  • Bookstore: Christine Clinton- Cosgrave- (814) 886- 6380
  • Little People’s Place (daycare): Lisa Segada- (814) 886-6456—Cosgrave 15

STUDENT QUICK LINKS PREPARING for ADVISING

Student Responsibilities in Advising:

  • Asking questions when you don’t understand
  • Knowing who your advisor is (The Portal is found here https://portal.mtaloy.edu)
  • Exploring your career options with your advisor based on your choice of major
  • Being aware of the requirements for your degree and course work required to graduate from your degree program
  • Becoming familiar and aware of all responsibilities within your chosen academic program
  • Keeping your advisor informed about things like schedule changes, academic problems, change of major, etc.
  • Preparing in advance for every meeting with your advisor, including having possible course options outlined for registration advising
  • Keeping advising appointments to discuss ideas and questions about your degree program
  • Utilizing all referrals made by your advisor to ensure your academic success

STUDENT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why do I have the Prefix “GS” followed by my actual major (e.g., GSPT)?

Sometimes new students are not able to begin taking classes within their major right away. Reasons include the need for Educational Enrichment classes, or students enroll in the Spring and that specific programs do not offer major-specific classes in the Spring. Once EE courses are successfully completed or the student successfully matriculates into their Fall semester, the student will begin taking major-specific classes. Some programs like Nursing require entrance examinations to be accepted into the program. Such testing occurs after a certain number of classes are taken. Until a student is accepted into a program, they may be considered GS/(Name of Program). Other reasons include that the student changed majors in the middle of the term, etc. If you have further questions, please contact the Registrar’s office.

I’m not doing well in a class. Should I withdraw from it?

It depends. If you’re thinking about dropping a class follow these steps:

  1. You should figure out where you stand in the class by keeping track of all grades earned and refer to the syllabus for grade calculations.
  2. Know that you must seek approval from your Advisor to drop any course at any time. You cannot drop a course without permission or after the 12th week of class (after the 5th week of a Summer class).
  3. There is a timeline to consider as well. See below:
    • If you Drop during Week 1: Grade is Not Recorded
    • Week 2-12: (Non-punitive) W
    • Withdraw at any time without approval: (Punitive) E
  4. If it is after the 12th week of class and you have an extenuating circumstance, such as prolonged illness, jury duty, family emergency, etc., you may petition your instructor for an Incomplete (I) Grade. If permission is granted, you will have 6 weeks from the time the grade is issued to complete missed work. Permission to take longer than 6 weeks requires approval from the Academic Dean.
  5. Understand most classes need to be passed with a C or better but some programs require at least a B for certain classes. Speak with your advisor if you’re unsure what you need to get to pass. If you are Pre- or GS- and you do not pass all the pre-requisite classes to get into your program, you may be putting yourself in jeopardy of not getting into the program or getting into it later than expected, which could push back your graduation date.
  6. You may only repeat a course a maximum of 3 times. For GPA calculation, the most recent grade is used. If you’re thinking of re-taking a class at a different college because you got a D, E, or F here at MAC, understand that the transferred grade will not increase your GPA. You must successfully complete the class here.
  7. When you attempt to put a repeated class on your schedule, you may not be able to do it on my Mac. You may need to go to the Registrar’s Office.

 

I’m on academic probation. What does that mean?

A Cumulative GPA below 2.0 constitutes a designation of academic probation. The purpose of academic probation is not to warn, rather it is to alert a student that he or she is at risk of not succeeding academically. Once a student is identified as being on Academic Probation, he or she will receive advisement and referral as appropriate. Specific methods of remediation will be prescribed to meet the needs of the individual student.

I received an Academic Intervention Form (AIF) for one of my classes.

We want everyone to succeed academically here at Mount Aloysius College. A student will receive an AIF in the beginning part of the semester when the following student behaviors are observed:

  • High rate of absenteeism
  • Habitual tardiness
  • Failure to turn in assignments
  • Submission of poor quality assignments/papers/projects
  • Missed tests or quizzes
  • Low test/quiz performance
  • Class disruption or unprofessional clinical behavior

AIF’s also go out at midterms for all students who have either have a D or F and then following midterms for a student who is below a C.

Who is my advisor and how do I contact him/her?

Everyone receives an advisor after their initial appointment with Academic Advising. We recommend meeting with your advisor within the first 2 weeks of class. Meeting with your academic advisor throughout your time at Mount Aloysius College will more likely ensure your academic success within your chosen program. Check your Advisor’s Office Hours. If you are unable to schedule during normal office hours, advisors may be available at other times. Please give ample notice for advising appointments, especially those outside of normal office hours.

Why do I have to take the placement exam?

Testing is required in order to assure students of proper course placement which will more likely result in academic success at Mount Aloysius College. We use the Accuplacer. Exceptions to this requirement are made for those students who apply to Mount Aloysius College and who possess either an Associate or Bachelor degree earned at a regionally-accredited institution. This program assesses skills in reading English, mathematics, and elementary algebra. Students who do not meet established criteria in these skill areas enroll in one or more of the educational enrichment courses designed to strengthen specific areas of skill competency. Students will earn institutional credits (not to be counted toward graduation requirements) from successfully completing educational enrichment courses, which are in integral part of the student’s academic program.

Click the links below for more information about the Accuplacer:

Sample Accuplacer Questions

Accuplacer Frequently Asked Questions

What is MAAPP?

MAAPP stands for Mount Aloysius Academic Preparation Program.

MAAPP is a conditional admission program. During the week prior to fall semester classes beginning, MAAPP students participate in a residential program aimed at easing the transition from high school to college, thereby increasing a student’s chance for academic success. MAAPP includes one hour of Educational Enrichment credit. Additionally, students are introduced to campus technology and opportunities to build connections with other students, staff and faculty. Students in the program must complete the program successfully to receive permission to matriculate into the fall semester. During the year students will be full-time students and take some courses together, attend group meetings and will meet their advisors often. Once students are accepted for college matriculation, students work closely with the MAAPP coordinator. Admission into the program is based upon criteria set by the College.

Click the link below for the MAAPP brochure:

MAAPP 2014

FOR PARENTS and GUIDANCE COUNSELORS

Advising Process

The Academic Advising office contacts each Freshman student before the beginning of the semester to register for classes. The first scheduling appointment is completed on paper with the Advising Office. The student is assigned an Advisor within his/her chosen program and it will be the student’s responsibility to contact their Advisor before being able to schedule classes for subsequent semesters. It is important for students to meet with their Advisors because they ensure the student is taking classes that are required for his/her major and that timely graduation can occur. After the first semester, students register for their classes online after completing an Advising meeting

Placement Testing

Mount Aloysius College uses students’ SAT scores to assess students’ readiness for specific college-level courses. For example, students may begin in Rhetoric I or may be placed in a developmental writing course, EE 098. If a student would like to challenge their course placement, they may complete a free placement exam.

Accuplacer is an adaptive, online, and untimed assessment. It allows us to assess an individual’s readiness for college-level curriculum. The placement exam assesses students’ reading comprehension, grammar skills, and algebra skills. Students receiving lower placement scores will be required to enroll in specific Educational Enrichment (EE) courses according to the scores and college course prerequisite policies.

Click the links below for more information about the Accuplacer:

Sample Accuplacer Questions

Accuplacer Frequently Asked Questions

The Admissions Office website houses a Parent Portal page, with comprehensive information — anything from Financial Aid, to housing, to fast facts about the Campus, and so much more. Click the link below for more information:

http://www.mtaloy.edu/parents/

Guidance Counselors

Thank you for your interest in Mount Aloysius College. Please feel free to peruse the Advising Pages for Students and Parents. We appreciate your hard work with your high school students and look forward to working with you!

PARENT AND GUIDANCE COUNSELOR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the entrance requirements into each of the academic programs?

Click here for the Campus Catalog.

Should my student take Summer classes?

Summer classes (or clinicals) are required in some, but not all programs. The student’s Advisor is an invaluable source of information regarding the need for Summer classes. The student is responsible for seeking out his/her advisor when he/she has specific questions about course sequencing. Sometimes Summer classes are necessary for students trying to be admitted into certain programs in the Fall, or where a student has not satisfactorily completed a class and needs to complete it to continue with the program in the Fall. Again, the student should always check with his/her Advisor to see if Summer classes are necessary.

Mount Aloysius offers classes throughout the Summer in 3 separate sessions. Summer classes are often taught in an accelerated format, either in-house or online. The Registrar’s Office announces when the Summer schedule is typically available on the Student Portal page. While many classes do transfer from local Community Colleges, the student should always check with the Registrar’s office if they are hoping to take Summer Classes somewhere else and have them transfer in to Mount Aloysius College.

Why does my student have the Prefix “GS” followed by their actual major (e.g., GSPT)?

Sometimes new students are not able to begin taking classes within their major right away. Reasons include the need for Educational Enrichment classes, or students who enroll in the Spring whose programs do not offer major-specific classes in the Spring. Once EE courses are successfully completed or the student successfully matriculates into their Fall semester, the student will begin taking major-specific classes. Some programs like Nursing require entrance examinations to be accepted into the program. Such testing occurs after a certain number of classes are taken. Until a student is accepted into a program, they may be considered GS/(Name of Program). Other reasons include that the student changed majors in the middle of the term, etc. If your student has further questions, please instruct them to contact the Registrar’s office.

What is MAAPP?

MAAPP stands for Mount Aloysius Academic Preparation Program.

MAAPP is a conditional admission program. During the week prior to fall semester classes beginning, MAAPP students participate in a residential program aimed at easing the transition from high school to college, thereby increasing a student’s chance for academic success. MAAPP includes one hour of Educational Enrichment credit. Additionally, students are introduced to campus technology and opportunities to build connections with other students, staff and faculty. Students in the program must complete the program successfully to receive permission to matriculate into the fall semester. During the year students will be full-time students and take some courses together, attend group meetings and will meet their advisors often. Once students are accepted for college matriculation, students work closely with the MAAPP coordinator. Admission into the program is based upon criteria set by the College.

Click the link below for the MAAPP brochure:

MAAPP 2014

Do Professors help students who need it?

Absolutely. Professors make time specifically for student needs. All professors are required, at minimum, to offer 8 office hours per week where students can make appointments. Professors at Mount Aloysius College are very available and often spend many more than 8 hours per week helping students with their concerns.

Also, all professors are trained to watch for signs that a student may need extra assistance. Professors alert the Academic Advising Office of any concerns they have about a student throughout the Semester and we meet with the student to address the concerns and formulate an action plan to improve the situation.

Is tutoring available?

Yes. All tutoring occurs through the Library’s Learning Commons Center. Students may opt to receive either peer tutoring or professional tutoring. More information can be found at http://www.mtaloy.edu/library/peer-professional-tutors/

What other resources are available to my student?

  • Learning Commons:  Theresa Spanella-(814) 886-6415—Library First Floor
  • Campus Ministry: Thomas Shireman (814) 886-6483 —St. Gert’s Hall 38
  • Professional Tutoring in Health Science:  Karen Castagnola  – (814) 886-6440—Pierce Hall 207
  • Career Development:  Kristy Magee—  (814) 886-6320 — Library First Floor
  • Registrar’s Office: Deanna Hamilton- (814) 886-6343
  • Financial Aid: Stacy Schenk- (814) 886-6357
  • Controller’s Office: (814) 886-6368
  • Mount Aloysius Academic Preparation Program :  Jenna Shuck – (814) 886-6398—St. Gert’s Hall 33
  • Counseling: Marisa Evans -(814) 886-6336—St. Joe’s Hall 101
  • Residence Life: Chris Koren – (814) 886-6407—-Cosgrave 102
  • Student Involvement and Leadership:  Elaine Grant – (814) 886-6321— Cosgrave 104
  • Bookstore: Christine Clinton- Cosgrave- (814) 886- 6380
  • Little People’s Place (daycare): Lisa Segada- (814) 886-6456—Cosgrave 15

 

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Meet the Student Success & Advising Department

Heather Low
Director of Retention and Academic Advising
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