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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SDS6648
Tracking Number - 4944

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2016-06-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Required for C&I - CSA; updated faculty from Miller to Vasti Torres. Appd 3/6/15; to USF 8/28/15; to SCNS 9/7/15. Update - Pre-req doesn't exist. Emailed Dr. Torres for clarification 11/24/15, 1/26/16. Updated to correct Prereq of SDS 6645. Eff 6/1/16

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2014-02-15
  2. Department: Leadership, Counseling, Adult, Career and Higher Education
  3. College: ED
  4. Budget Account Number:
  5. Contact Person: Vasti Torres
  6. Phone: 8139749084
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: SDS
  9. Number: 6648
  10. Full Title: Introduction to Academic Advising
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: O - Other
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?: Y
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 1
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Intro to Academic Advising
  19. Course Online?: O - Online (100% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: SDS 6645
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Introduce the basic principles of academic advising. It is available to students who are pursuing a graduate certificate in academic advising. Other graduate students may take this course only if approved by the instructor.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for new program/concentration/certificate
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? USF administrators have expressed concern regarding the lack of formal training academic advisors receive. Since the relationship between student success and academic advising is significant, it seems prudent to provide formal, consistent education to professionals who serve (or who wish to serve) students in this capacity.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Terminal Degree plus Academic advising experience, teaching experience
  29. Objectives: This course was designed to:

    - introduce the basic principles of holistic advising

    - define and describe the core competencies of academic advising

    - provide a foundation for academic advising that addresses student need, professionalism, and ethical practice

    - promote excellence in academic advising

  30. Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, students will:

    - understand the role and value of academic advising in higher education

    - develop a working knowledge of advising concepts, techniques, and delivery

    - integrate effective advisor training, tools, resources and development in a professional setting

    - develop a foundation for academic advising that addresses student needs, professionalism and ethical practice

    - demonstrate effective and appropriate communication skills.

  31. Major Topics: parents, proactive (intrusive) advising, career advising and vocational maturity, helping students make decisions, relationship building, tools for academic success, academic performance and preparedness, communication, components of effective advising, legal and ethical issues
  32. Textbooks: Gordon, V. N., & Habley, W. R. & Grites, T.J. (Eds.). (2008). Academic advising: A comprehensive handbook. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

    Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (2009). CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education (7th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Membership to the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Weekly participation in online discussions (25%)

    Case study analysis (25%)

    Final paper (50%)

    A 90-100

    B 80-89

    C 70-79

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Online discussions based on reading assignments

    Case study analysis

    Final paper - Philosophy of advising

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Students are responsible for understanding all university policies related to academic integrity and the avoidance of plagiarism, and students are responsible for asking questions to clarify expectations in an individual section. The University of South Florida has an account with an automated plagiarism detection service which allows instructors and students to submit student assignments to be checked for plagiarism. Faculty/instructors may request that assignments be submitted as electronic files to a Learning Management System module such as SafeAssign (Blackboard) or Turnitin (Canvas). Assignments are compared automatically with a database of journal articles, web articles, and previously submitted papers. The instructor receives a report showing exactly how a student’s paper overlaps material in the company’s databases. For more information about USF’s academic integrity policies, please see the current catalog (at or
  38. Program This Course Supports: Academic Advising Certificate Program
  39. Course Concurrence Information: College Student Affairs

    Higher Education Administration

    Counselor Education

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