Graduate Studies Reports Access

Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SDS6702
Tracking Number - 4951

Edit function not enabled for this course.

Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2016-06-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: req - 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. Pre-req doesn't exist. Emailed Torres and Miller for confirmation 1/26/16. Upded pre-re to SDS 6645. Notified UGS 5/5/16. 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: 6702
  10. Full Title: Issues in 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): Issues in Academic Advising
  19. Course Online?: O - Online (100% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: SDS 6645, SDS 6648, SDS 6700
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: This course was designed to address special topics that may arise in an academic advising setting. This course is available to students who are pursuing a graduate certificate in academic advising. Other students may register 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? This course will fulfill one component of the Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising. This program was created to address the specific preparation needs of academic advisors at USF as a response to 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 Degree plus practical experience as an academic advisor; teaching experience.
  29. Objectives: This course was designed to:

    - make students aware of campus and community resources related to heath and safety

    - introduce strategies to enhance communication through academic advising

    - familiarize students with laws and policies related to confidentiality

    - equip students to respond to student issues and to aid in conflict resolution

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

    • Identify campus and community resources related to health and safety

    • Utilize university resources to support student success through academic advising

    • Effectively address student issues and concerns (i.e. illness, anxiety/depression, students of concern, academic challenges, etc)

    • Identify strategies to enhance communication through advising

  31. Major Topics: Depression/anxiety; students of concern; student illness; law and policy related to advising (FERPA); academic probation; crisis on campus; professionalism; trust; burnout
  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: As assigned by instructor (Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle, etc.)
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Weekly participation in online discussions related to readings (50%)

    Final Project (50%)

    A 90-100

    B 80-89

    C 70-79

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

    Final project – each student will address a topic and upload a audio/visual presentation to provoke discussion and share valuable information to classmates about a variety of special issues that can be found in the academic advising environment.

  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: Late work will be accepted for up to one week with penalty. Plagiarism is defined as "literary theft" and consists of the unattributed quotation of the exact words of a published text or the unattributed borrowing of original ideas by paraphrase from a published text. On written papers for which the student employs information gathered from books, articles, or oral sources, each direct quotation, as well as ideas and facts that are not generally known to the public-at-large, must be attributed to its author by means of the appropriate citation procedure. Citations may be made in footnotes or within the body of the text. Plagiarism also consists of passing off as one's own, segments or the total of another person's work.

    Punishment for academic dishonesty will depend on the seriousness of the offense and may include receipt of an "F" with a numerical value of zero on the item submitted, and the "F" shall be used to determine the final course grade. It is the option of the instructor to assign the student a grade of "F" of "FF" (the latter indicating dishonesty) in the course.

  38. Program This Course Supports: Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Higher Education Administration (Ph.D.)

    College Student Affairs (M.Ed.)

    Counselor Education (M.A. Ed.S. Ph.D.)

- if you have questions about any of these fields, please contact or