Vision of Holistic Advising
Ohio University provides all undergraduate students with coordinated, supportive, informative guidance regarding academic, career, and experiential opportunities.
How it Works
Students gain knowledge about their academic field from coursework and through discussions with their faculty members. To maximize their Ohio University experience, students need academic advising, experiential learning opportunity connections, and career coaching. Many OHIO staff members work together to provide this support.
Faculty mentors guide students to be successful in their field of study. Success advisors provide early career coaching and academic advising. They also co-create and maintain graduation plans with students to help ensure that students graduate on time and on plan. Experience designers advise students on co-curricular activities that support their academic and post-graduation goals. Career strategists support students through post-graduate goal planning and connecting them with employers and alumni.
Graduation Plans - Where it all comes together
In their first semester, students who opt into the OHIO Guarantee+ Graduation Plan co-create their plan with their success advisor*. The plan includes academic coursework and milestones that cover experiential learning and career activities that will support students as they work to reach the goals they have for after graduation.
Graduation Plans are viewable by students via the MyOHIO Student Center and can be adapted when the student and the success advisor agree that adjustments are needed (like adding a minor or a certificate). Students who follow their plan will see in their student center that they are “on plan” and can be confident in their academic, co-curricular, and career preparation progress. If a student does not follow their plan, an advisor will reach out to offer support and encouragement; they will work together to revise the graduation plan. Students who follow their plan will graduate on-plan and on time.
Students will meet with their success advisor each semester to review their plan to confirm they are on track and that their plan is still relevant to their post-graduation goals. An advising hold will be placed on each student’s record each semester that prevents course registration prior to advising. Once the success advisor and the student meet, the advising hold will be released. Students with more than one major have an advisor and a registration hold for each major. This process is in place to ensure that students receive regular guidance that maximizes their Ohio University experience.
*This program is phased in for students based on major. In the 22-23 academic year almost all Athens Campus students are included. Students who are not yet in the OHIO Guarantee+ Graduation Plan will have an academic advisor, use Career Network services, and work with Experience Designers to make the most of their Ohio University experience.
How Do I Find My Faculty Mentor, Success Advisor, Experience Designer, and Career Strategist?
Faculty mentors and success advisors are listed in the MyOHIO Student Center. They are also likely to reach out to you via Ohio University e-mail. Experience designers are assigned by college and career strategists are organized by industry; the coach you work with depends on your post-graduation goals. You can find career strategists and experience designers at the Center for Advising, Career and Experiential Learning in McGuffey Hall on the College Green on the Athens Campus, via the staff directory at www.ohio.edu/acel, or in Handshake.
Who Can Help Me Change my Major, or Add a Minor, Certificate, or Double Major
Students transitioning from one academic program to another can either meet with a success advisor from their new college or academic program or work with Allen Advising staff to choose a major that helps them meet their career goals. Students in specific populations may also have additional staff supporting them who will coordinate with their success advisors.
What If I Prefer Working with a Different Success Advisor?
Students can request an advisor assignment change from their College Student Services Office.
Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) and How to Use Them
DARS are official records of courses completed, grades earned, and courses still needed for specific programs. When the requirements on a DARS are met or will be complete at the end of the term, the student can apply for graduation with that major. Students can access their DARS via their student center to follow their progress. It is a student’s responsibility to know and follow their requirements within the university, college, and department. Degree audits help students track their progress toward graduation; success advisors can help students understand their DARS.
“What-if” DARS are available for students considering additional programs and can help a student determine how much of the coursework needed for an added minor, certificate, or major is already complete.
Preparing for Advising Appointments
To prepare for an advising appointment it is recommended that a student:
- Review their graduation plan courses and milestones,
- Read about their intended programs (majors, minors, certificates) in the Undergraduate Catalog, and
- Review their DARS.