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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SDS6700
Tracking Number - 4950

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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 C&I: CSA; Updated Faculty contact from Miller to Vasti Torres. To GC Appd 3/6/15; to USF 8/28/15; to SCNS 9/7/15. Apprd 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: 6700
  10. Full Title: Advising Diverse Populations
  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): Advising Diverse Populations
  19. Course Online?: O - Online (100% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: SDS 6520, SDS 6648
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: This course was designed to equip advisors to work with special populations of students with specific needs. This course is available to students pursuing a graduate certificate in academic advising. Others may take the course if approved by 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? This course will help fulfill one component of the Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising. This certificate program is being developed to address the preparedness of USF's academic advisors as they adjust to rapidly changing student demographics and the University's expressed commitment to student success.
  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 degre plus experience as an academic advisor. Teaching experience.
  29. Objectives: This course was designed to:

    -equip advisors with skills to successfully assimilate students into a new environment and culture

    - introduce the influence and effects of multicultural factors within an academic advising relationship

    - challenge students' views on diversity

    - challenge students to engage other people and campus resources in order to create a more inclusive campus

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

    - recognize biases within the advising environment regarding students' needs, barriers, approaches, and practices

    - demonstrate effective inter and intra personal communication skills

    - evaluate their own biases and beliefs about those who are different

    - demonstrate awareness of diverse cultures and groups on campus

    - evaluate the transition and advising needs of special populations including veterans, student-athletes, international students, transfer students, etc.

  31. Major Topics: First generation students; transfer students; adult learners; veterans; race and ethnicity; gender; sexual orientation; religion and spirituality; diversity in the office; personal bias; international students; student athletes; cultural competence; personal and social needs; changing demographics; students with disabilities; mental health concerns; generational gaps
  32. Textbooks: Magolda, P.M. & Magolda, M. (2011). Contested issues in student affairs: Diverse perspectives and respectful dialogue. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

    Gordon, V.N., Habley, W.R., Grites, T.J. (Eds.) (2008). Academic advising: A comprehensive handbook. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

    Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (2009). CAS professional standards for higher education. Washington, DC: Author.

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: As assigned by instructor. (Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education, etc.)
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Weekly participation in online discussions related to reading assignments (50%)

    Two papers addressing the needs of students from specific populations (25% each)

    A 90-100

    B 80-89

    C 70-79

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Weekly participation in online discussions.

    Two special topics papers (4-6 pages each)

  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 expected to submit al assignments by 11:59pm on the due date. Late assignments will be accepted with penalty for up to one week after the due date.

    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: Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Counselor Education

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