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Academic Advising for Faculty and Staff


Institutional Learning Outcomes           

  1. financial literacy
  2. civic knowledge and engagement
  3. teamwork
  4. experiential learning
  5. ethical reasoning
  6. career exploration.

These are the learning outcomes which will be assessed across the undergraduate curriculum. In preparation for instituting these value-added learning outcomes in fall 2014, the coordinators of General and Liberal Education will form six learning communities in fall 2013, charged with the task of developing curricular and co-curricular pathways and assessments for them. Their work will be processed by the Curriculum Committee in spring 2014 (NEASC Fifth-Year Interim Report, pg. 21).”



Other Helpful Links


Links for Professional Development in Advising

  • The Mentor An Academic Advising Journal
  • NACADA The National Academic Advising Association



In response to a variety of questions that arise each year during registration, we would like to offer the following information.


Writing and Math/Science choices depend on SAT scores

Locate the SAT scores in the student’s file. If no scores are present, see an Admissions Counselor for assistance. You should use the highest score received.

1. All freshmen and any transfer student with less than 26 transfer credits needs to sign up for:

  • FYI101: Freshman Seminar

2. Students choose a Writing class based on their SAT Essay score.

  • Essay score of 6 or less = GS002 Writing Skills
  • Essay score of 7 or higher = First Year Composition

If the student has taken any AP English exams.

3. Students choose to take a Math or Science class, based on their Math SAT score:

  • Math SAT below 400 = GS003 Math Skills
  • Math SAT 400-440 = Math Core class appropriate to the student’s intended major (MT101 is recommended if the major does not indicate a specific math class)
  • Math SAT 450 or above = Core Science class
Students who do not intend to major or minor in a scientific discipline should be encouraged to take Integrated Science.

Students who wish to take Biology, Chemistry, Geology or Physics must have a minimum Math SAT of 500 or have completed a semester of college Math.

4. Students should then choose remaining courses in major or elective subjects. Full-time students should have between 12 and 16 credits total for first choice courses (Biology and Anthropology majors may have 17).

5. Students should choose 2-3 alternate classes. Alternates should be chosen for those classes picked in #4.

SAT Scores

Use the highest score received in each category, even if the highest scores come from two different testing dates.

For example, Jane Student has two sets of scores:

  • First set of scores from SAT taken 1/2005: Essay = 7, Math = 390
  • Second set of scores from SAT taken 9/2005: Essay = 5, Math = 450

You would advise based on an Essay score of 7and a Math score of 450.

AP Exams

AP credit is only given if the student takes the AP Exam (not just the class) and scores a 3 or higher.

  • If AP English Language is taken – GLE110 First Year Composition I will be waived. The student will be given 6 total credits (3 for GLE110 and 3 elective credits). The student should take GLE120 First Year Composition II.
  • If AP English Literature is taken – The student should take GLE120 First Year Composition II.

For more information about AP equivalencies contact Karen Brown, Director of the Center for Academic Excellence & Coordinator of Advising. or 603-899-4105


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