Philosophy of Advising
At Wilberforce University, our philosophy for advising is to guide and support students toward excellence by:
First year/first semester advising
Upon meeting with an Academic Advisor during New Student Orientation, freshmen gain insight into academic options, degree requirements, and University policies and procedures. Academic Advisors will assist freshmen in developing an educational plan, connecting with the campus community, and preparation for registering for each semester in a student’s first year. Advisors also can assist and refer students to resources of support when needed. We recommend that first year students meet with their Advisors monthly. However, we require them to see their Academic Advisor at least three (3) times a semester, preferably at the beginning of the semester, before or after midterms and during the pre-registration timeframe during the last month of each semester. Upon successful completion of the first year, (completion of 31 credit hours), students are transitioned to Faculty Advisors for the remainder of their academic experience at Wilberforce University.
The academic advisors in ACCESS Office assist students who are having difficulty obtaining a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average by ensuring they are using the resources provided by the office. A student on probation must adhere to several conditions, sign an academic contract and create a success plan with an advisor during each semester of probation. An initial appointment with an advisor must take place during the first month of each semester of probation. To schedule an appointment with an advisor, call (937) 708-5648 or stop by the office in the Stokes Center, Learning Resource Center – Room 102. The following is a listing of conditions for all probation students:
1. You must register for no more than 15 credit hours for the semester.
2. Earn a grade point average of 2.0 or better.
3. Create a Student Success Plan (to be completed with Advisor in the ACCESS Office).
4. Attend one of the Academic Probation Workshops and up to three Success Series 7 workshops during the semester of probation.
5. Attend monthly check-in sessions with an Advisor in ACCESS Office (to be scheduled during your initial SSP session).
6. Submission of bi-weekly progress reports from university professors (forms will be provided during your initial SSP session).
7. Active participation with tutorial services.
8. Inclusion of parents/guardians in your academic success efforts by signing a waiver allowing discussion between the ACCESS Office and your parents.
9. Attend all classes, complete assignments on time and confer with your instructors if you are having difficulty.
10. Other conditions, as deemed appropriate.
Students on probation are required to attend at least one Probation Workshop and up to three (3) Success Series 7 Workshops.
Academic advisement and registration at Wilberforce University is intended to give new and transfer students an introduction to academic life. We recognize that all students bring with them diverse needs and experiences. Therefore, the focus is primarily on the advisement and registration process while offering individual assistance and optional information as needed. During the New Student Orientation program, new and transfer students are advised on degree requirements, explore information on how their previous credits will transfer to Wilberforce University, obtain assistance in understanding their first semester courses, and receive a copy of their class schedule. During New Student Orientation, registration at Wilberforce University for incoming students is a three-step process.
STEP 1: PLACEMENT TESTING
In order to ensure that every student has the best possible chance to succeed at Wilberforce University, all freshman and transfer students are required to take a placement test to assess mathematics, writing and reading academic skill levels. The assessment lets you and your advisor work together to help you choose classes that will meet your educational needs. If you have a disability, contact the Office of Academic Support Services at (937) 708-5648 to arrange for accommodations.
STEP 2: ATTEND YOUR ADVISING/REGISTRATION SESSION
Students experience a Advising/Registration Session during New Student Orientation. This session will afford you the opportunity to:
• Experience an overview of programs and resources provided by the ACCESS Office;
• Learn about academic programs of study (academic majors) at Wilberforce University;
• Obtain information about helpful tools to assist you through the registration process;
• Become knowledgeable about degree requirement expectations;
• Receive helpful advisement and registration in understanding their pre-registered schedule for their initial semester.
STEP 3: PURCHASE YOUR BOOKS AND SUPPLIES!
Now that you are registered, stop by the Campus Bookstore to purchase your textbooks and supplies!
“CLASS JUST WON’T BE THE SAME WITHOUT YOU THERE…”
ATTEND YOUR CLASSES!
Pre-registration for 2nd Semester:
During the initial semester, students are able to experience pre-registration for their 2 nd semester of study. The pre-registration period usually takes place during the last four (4) weeks of the semester. It is strongly encouraged for all students to register for classes during this time. Failure to register for classes for the next semester will hinder you from securing housing for the next semester.
Stokes Center, LRC 102 (1st Floor)
Hours of Operation:
M - F 8:30am – 5:00pm
Phone: (937) 708-5648
Fax: (937) 708-5486
Jaton R. Brame
Director/Disability Services Coordinator
Academic Enrichment Coordinator
Gene B. Moore
Academic Advising Coordinator