Advising at CDM
"Academic advising, based in the teaching and learning mission of higher education, is a series of intentional interactions with a curriculum, a pedagogy, and a set of student learning outcomes. Academic advising synthesizes and contextualizes students' educational experiences within the frameworks of their aspirations, abilities and lives to extend learning beyond campus boundaries and timeframes."
National Academic Advising Association. (2006). NACADA concept of academic advising. Retrieved from http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Resources/Clearinghouse/View-Articles/Concept-of-Academic-Advising-a598.aspx.
At DePaul CDM, we understand that students have individual academic and personal concerns. We also recognize that students at DePaul often utilize many "advisors" on campus. However, we strongly believe that all CDM students should establish strong relationships with their assigned faculty advisor and with the professional advising staff in the CDM Academic Success Center. This dual advising approach allows students access to the people best equipped to guide them through their academic careers.
Faculty advisors in CDM are the primary academic advisors for all CDM students. Each CDM student is assigned to a full-time CDM faculty member whose teaching area matches the student's major. See your faculty advisor:
- For advice about your major;
- To discuss your academic goals;
- If you are interested in research or other advanced creative opportunities.
Professional advisors in the CDM Academic Success Center are another resource available to all CDM students. These advisors are "generalists" with respect to their knowledge of the entire curricula at CDM and at DePaul, and they are experts in University policy. Professional advisors can:
- Assist with the allocation of transfer credits.
- Provide guidance regarding the undergraduate Liberal Studies Program.
- Identify University resources and provide personal referrals.
Meeting with an advisor at CDM is easy. Simply login to MyCDM and use the online appointment system to schedule an appointment. Students may also connect the Academic Success Center for assistance in making an appointment. While emailing advisors directly is certainly an option, we strongly encourage students to schedule face-to-face appointments whenever possible.