Summer 2020 Academic Advising Video Walk Through-II
10:12PM Jun 14, 2020
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Hello and welcome to the Department of Communication. My name is Dr. Jason Wrench. I am a professor in the Department of Communication here at SUNY New Paltz. I specialize in organizational communication. And I'm going to walk you through our major plans and some issues that we have in our department related to academic advising so that we can help you get started here at New Paltz with your best foot forward, so let's go ahead and get started. Let's start by talking about your major plan. Now in the Department of Communication. We have two basic major plans. We have one that covers public relations, it's its own separate major plan, and we'll look at that in a minute. And then we have another major plan that covers interpersonal, intercultural and organizational communication. And these are the three concentrations that we have in the Department of Communication. Now, before we get started looking at your actual major plans, here is the website for the Department of Communication. It's www new paltz.edu backslash Communication. You can also find our major plans by going to the website, www new paltz.edu, backslash UGC, backslash LS backslash. com underscore media, backslash major underscore elac e l e c dot html. Obviously, it's gonna be a lot easier just to see that you can also go to our main website and click on it from the Department website as well. And again, the way it's broken down into two different major plans again, it's an interpersonal, intercultural and organizational communication and public relations. And so there's two different videos to walk you through these different major plans. So we're only going to focus in on the one that is interpersonal, intercultural and organizational communication in this specific video walkthrough.
Now, there are some important progress report notes that you need to be aware of when it comes down to graduating from SUNY New Paltz. You must Have 120 credits to graduate 45 of those must be at the upper division. That's anything that has a 300 or 400 level designation in the course catalog. Now this is a very important thing, especially for transfer students because many of our transfer students come in to SUNY New Paltz without any upper division credits. And as such, we really need to watch that 45 to make sure that you're going to get the appropriate number so that you can graduate on time. You also must have 90 liberal arts credits to get your bachelor of arts. For the most part, most of our students don't have a problem with that. Occasionally, we get someone who transfers in from a technical college or even one of the other technical areas in our own SUNY New Paltz. Like computer science and those students may have problems getting all those liberal arts credits, but that's usually not a problem, but we still have to watch that 90 credit number 30 credits must be taken in residence here at SUNY New Paltz. The last 15 credits must be taken SUNY New Paltz. Many of you are going to still have what we call general education requirements. These are general requirements about how we think an undergraduate education should be accomplished. And we compare that to also what we call SUNY New Paltz graduation requirements. So these are general graduation requirements that we have specifically here at New Paltz, and most of the time if you're transferring in, you will not be able to get out of the SUNY New Paltz graduation requirements but if you're coming in with your associates of arts, then you're probably not going to have your GE requirements to take still so that is a completely different thing. Whereas SUNY New Paltz graduation requirements, even if you come in with your associate's degree, you still have to complete our intent writing intensive course and our diversity course and we'll look more at that in just a minute. Okay, so the next slide we're going to do is we're actually going to go through a walkthrough of your basic progress report. So what we're going to do is we're going to walk through what it looks like using a fake progress report that I put together. Just so that we can highlight some of the specific issues related to progress reports. Okay, so the first thing I've done here is I've come to our Department website. And you can see here, if you scroll over, you're going to over here on the left hand side, you're going to see this hyperlink that says major plan. So I'm going to click on that. And if you come down here, you're going to actually see this hyperlink right here
when I highlight it. And if you click on that, that's going to take you to the major plans. And the first major plan that you're going to see on here is the communication major. This is the one that is specifically for interpersonal, intercultural and organizational communication. If you scroll down to the bottom part of the page, then you're going to see the major plan that is for public relations, but this video is specifically going to focus here on that interpersonal intercultural. So let's go ahead and take a look at the major plan. The first thing you're going to see is that there are two what we call required introductory courses. This is our communication 100, which is our introduction to communication. And then there's CMM 104, which is public speaking From there, we have what we call our intermediate courses. And you have to have two of these. When you look at them, you have interpersonal communication, small group communication, the storytelling and culture and argumentation. Now if obviously if your interpersonal intercultural, you're probably going to want to take interpersonal communication. And if you're interested in the agricultural side, you may want to take the storytelling and culture now as a transfer student, especially if you're coming in with an associate's degree, and we need to watch those upper division to 304 hundred levels, we always make a recommendation for this course right here CMM 357. Notice in this intermediate category, it is the only course that is at the 304 hundred level. So in the ones in the intermediate category, it is the only one that is an upper division course. So many of our students are served by that class because it is an upper division course. So that is one of those things to think about. From there, we have what we call the required theory course. Now the way that it works two classes if but there's actually a nother class that you can take in here. And we're actually going to talk about our recommendation. So can you technically under our current major take persuasion, social influence? Yes. And that is currently a three credit class that used to be four credits and now it's a three credit class, that is an option. But to prepare yourself more effectively for your senior seminar, we always are going to recommend you take one of the two research methods courses. Now, there are two different research methods courses, there is this one right here CMM 354, which is quantitative communication research methods. There's also a qualitative communication research methods. So, if you are going to be taking this senior seminar and interpersonal intercultural or an organizational communication, we are going to strongly recommend that you take either quantitative or qualitative communication research methods as your theory course, because that's going to more appropriately prepared For those classes. Now, we also have a series of electives, at least six of those electives can be upper division and the elective courses is basically any course within the department. And again, six of those have to be at the 304 hundred level, but they can be at any level. We also again have specific what we call concentration courses, and we're going to look at them in order there's the organizational communication concentration, and then there's the interpersonal intercultural. Now, you have to have as you see here, three courses in this concentration. So, we have a laundry list of different possibilities like for those in organizational they can take public introduction to public relations, communication among cultures, the one you will have to take is that organizational communication one because you do need that to be able to take the organizational communication seminar, we also offer training and development negotiation, there is that organizational communication seminar. So, again, one thing to notice is that you Must, as you can see here, majors must complete one concentration, including this seminar that is considered the capstone course. So basically if your org comm you're going to have orcam one, you're going to have the org comm seminar. And then you're going to have to have the other classes that are listed here. There's also introduction to advertising advertising sales. These are both in digital media and journalism. Just as a heads up though, both introduction advertising and advertising sales have prerequisites in digital media and journalism. Now, that means that if you're going to take introduction to advertising, you must have completed their prerequisites before you can take that class. So just because we have it listed here as a possibility in your concentration does not mean that you necessarily automatically have the ability to get into that class. Next, so we can come down here to that concentration in our personal and in our cultural.
Again, it's the same way you have to select three courses in addition to the seminar. So you have Things like computer mediated communication, nonverbal communication, conflict management, communication among cultures communication and gender. Again, there's also a couple of courses outside of the department. But again, you're gonna have to be very careful and watch those prerequisites on the classes outside of the department. So in the same way, you're going to want to take that interpersonal communication at the lower level. And then if you are wanting to more specialized more and the intercultural side, maybe you'll take communication among culture, and then you'll take it with maybe computer mediated communication, and nonverbal and then know how your seminar so the concentration, there's a number of different ways you can think about how you go about negotiating the concentration. So let's go ahead and now switch gears and I'm going to pull up here an actual transcript or a progress report so that we can take a look at a progress report together. So here we have a progress report. I have it for john smith, and you'll see at the top of every page you're going to have their last name first, Smith, john You're also going to have john Smith's banner numbers. So again, this is another place where you can find that banner number.
You'll see this person has been assigned to me Jason Wrench as their academic advisor. This person is a sophomore, they are a transfer just like you coming in and fall 2020. Over here, their concentration is organizational communication. So you can see organizational it's 5050. And then there's other information like how many transfer credits have they completed? How many are they currently do they have in process? Have they taken anything here at New Paltz, sometimes students go away then they come back? Have they applied for graduation? Obviously, if you're transferring in, you haven't applied for graduation yet. But this just shows you some basic information right at the top of the Progress Report. Now I'm going to scroll down. And then we get to the next major section, which is kind of an overview of all the requirements you got to think about. The first one is here is that minimum of 120 credits required to graduate. Have you done that yet? And obviously, this person has not Have this as had this person do they need more that's an issue that could happen especially if you have two majors have a minimum of 30 credits been taken at New Paltz or the last 15 credits taken here, obviously, as a transfer student, all this is going to say these are unmet requirements. next section will be a top right here, which is have you met off 45 credits you need to have upper division. Have you had all the liberal arts credits, have you taken your writing intensive or your diversity class Now speaking of writing intensive I do want to point out one of the major things with writing intensive classes, you are actually going to take that in your major, your senior seminar, either the interpersonal communication seminar or the organizational communication seminar. Those seminars are writing intensive, so we will actually meet that writing intensive requirement in the department. Most of our students will also take the next graduation requirement, which is that diversity requirement and fulfill that in the department. We have two courses in the department. There's that storytelling and culture and communication among cultures. And most of our students take one of those two courses, and that will fulfill that graduation requirement. Now, the next section is the issue of general education for requirements. We'll look more at that in just a second. And then our Have you completed the major requirements. So again, this is just an overview of all the requirements that you need to have to graduate. So then we get to the upper division section, as you can see here, it's going to let you know which classes are actually upper division Did you have any classes that came in as upper division, this person has a couple classes that are upper division. And again, notice there's that 45 you need to graduate and we're scroll down then there's that liberal arts This lets you know how you're doing again, you have to have 90 credits of Liberal Arts. This person currently has 43 coming in, so that means that they still need 47. And again, most of the time, that is not a problem. Now what you'll often see is you're going to see many classes Hear that are repeated elsewhere. All this is showing you is which classes applied towards that liberal arts component. So I'm going to keep scrolling down. The next section again is Have you completed that writing intensive requirement and again, this person has not and Have you completed the diversity requirement and again, this person has not, it's really easy to see if you'll notice here on the right and left hand side has a big red box there for you. If you see the red box, that means it's not been fulfilled, right. So scroll keep scrolling. The next section is that g for now again, if you are coming in with your associates of arts and associates of science degrees, you will have met your GE four requirements. So this section will be Matt, if you have an associate's degree in hand. If you don't have that in hand, it's your means you have not actually completed your associate's degree. And that means this is you're still going to have some GE credit. So we're going to assume that this person still has some GE credits that they need to complete. So this person has taken comp one and we're happy times Community College. And you'll see it has a nice big green checkmark to let them know that this one has been filled. They've taken some of the math, it looks like it was being taken right now. So hopefully that'll come in fulfilled, then there's the language requirement, this person still needs to take as a transfer student, one of the following, and most often what it is, is either an advanced class or as you'll see here, it's two classes that are side by side, like, let's say that you wanted to take introduction Chinese one or two. So you'd have to take either 2201 and 202. And again, or you take French one on one and 102. Again, there's a lot of different possibilities when it comes to languages and most people are coming in, they have to take two of them. This person's already taken their arts, they've taken their humanities, their general biology, their social sciences, their United States, they still need to, as you can see here, complete their Western sip. And so you can see over here again, all these different course options. That fulfill Western Civ. So again, the student would need to come in here and choose from one of these to fulfill that education requirement. And they can keep going, then there's more on the world split surplus again, you'll see that there's quite a few different possibilities. So there again, your Western Civ, and then your There's your worlds, then we get to the actual major itself. And again, there's all there's a range here, and some of that has to do with the fact that there used to be some for credit classes, and some trains for credit. So that means there's a possibility of a range. But for the most part, most students as long as you follow the plan, you're gonna be fine. You're not to worry about that. So this person for the most parts, still needs most of the major they need to take introduction to communication, public speaking, they still need a second required an intermediate course. And again, with this student as a transfer student, I'd probably recommend that argumentation course 357 because that class is going to Make sure that they get those upper division requirements met as well, they still need that theory course. And again, I'd say either take 354, which is quantitative communication research methods, or consider taking the qualitative communication research methods when it is offered. Again, you'll not see that listed there, but it does count, your major advisor will be able to do a override on that. So that gets put in the system. Then this person needs their organizational communication courses. And again, you'll see there's the laundry list for their purposes, they need to take that 360 which is Ord comm one and then two of the other classes in the concentration, then there's their required seminar and for all income students, it's that 454 then they need six credits of upper division. And again, these can either be CMM 300, to 499 dmj 300, to 499, or linguistics 413. So those are the ones that are the upper division and again, there's also six credits at the lower division can see mmm 100 to 499 dm One to One, or 200 to 499. And then there's linguistics for 13. So again, lots of options here for people when it comes to their electives. Now we'll scroll down here because there is a couple more things. If you have transfer credits, you're going to see them what's currently being taken right now if it's coming in this specific class, as you can see here, it's a credit that counted towards your degree, but it didn't count towards GE their major or their minor. In this case, it was mermaid Merman training, happy times Community College, so it transferred in his credit, but it didn't necessarily go anywhere with our system. So it just transferred in as completed credit, and they have three credits of just completed credit. And then lastly, there's the in progress. This is based on the most recent version of your transcript that we have here at SUNY New Paltz. So, if you are someone who's coming in with their associate's degree, and you're coming in, and you, let's say took spring courses and you're finishing that associates in the summer, you'll see that this person we don't have any information on this summer yet. So that means We do not have the most recent information in our system. Hence why this still says transform progress spring 2020 even though spring 2020 is over, and you may already be taken stuff for the summer. So it's very important to realize that if you're seeing spring 2020, and you know that you're taking summer 2020 classes, that you get us that final transcript and to the college as soon as you finish those classes so that we have the most accurate information here for you. So again, that is a quick walkthrough of a progress report. I do want to come over here just really quickly since we look specifically at a organizational communication. So I pulled out one for interpersonal intercultural. Again, it looks the same. The only differences is that when you come down here you're going to see your interpersonal intercultural communication courses. And this is that different laundry list of possible classes that interpersonal intercultural students contain that are in that concentration versus the list that we're in the organizational communication concentration. Other than that the rest of this is the same the upper division ranges the same, the you know, General Electric range is the same. The seminar for this one is a different number it is that for I can't remember which one of these it is I will put that information right over here on the website. So you can actually see that, but that is, it has its own specific required seminar. But that's how it would look if you are interpersonal intercultural. Okay, I hope that you will like this quick walk through, and we'll get on with the rest of this presentation. So as you go future in the future, we want to talk a little bit about how advising happens within the Department of Communication. So let's go ahead and take a look. First thing, check your progress report to see who your major advisor is at the beginning of the semester. I may be your advisor during the summer or Nancy Highs may be your advisor during the summer that does not necessarily mean that we will be your permanent academic advisor. During the summer we have only one or two people who actually helped With academic advising for transfer students, but it becomes something completely different once you actually are on full board in the fall. And so please make sure you double check to see who your academic advisor is at the beginning of the semester, you can, again, go into your new paltz.edu account, and you'll be able to find out who your advisor is. So usually about the midpoint of the semester, you're going to get an email from your academic advisor that say, hey, it is that time again, you need to start thinking about coming in and seeing me so that we can create your schedule. What we need you to do before you actually go in and meet with your academic advisor is you want to go into your mind that Schedule Planner and create a tentative schedule that you can then work with your academic advisor on. So what you're going to do is you're going to get that email it's gonna let you know that academic advising season has started you're going to start looking in your my Schedule Planner to kind of create a tentative schedule and then you're going to actually meet with your academic advisor. As you can see here, the earlier you do this, the better. One of the biggest problems that some students make is they wait until actual right distractions already began and they're like, hey, I need to meet with my academic advisor. And by that point, it's kind of be kind of hard for your academic advisor to help you get into all the classes you may need. Now, as you can see here, advisors are there to help you with courses and draw progress towards graduation signatures on paperwork, etc. But they also can discuss graduate school and career options, internship opportunities, and other aspects. So really, your academic advisor is a very useful tool, so it's gonna be very good for you to get in and get to know your academic advisor. Now, anytime that you contact your academic advisor, please include your banner number, you can find this on your college ID, it starts with the N it's also sometimes called the N number. And it's on. By putting this on all of your correspondence with your advisor. It just means that your advisor is going to be able to more quickly help you especially if they need that number. It's, again, it's just very, very helpful. Even if you're gonna be working with the departmental advisor that again is Nancy hise. Please make sure that you always Use your banner number. And of course, the department advisor can also help us schedule changes progress report questions, etc. So when you meet with your advisor, here's what an advising session is going to do, you're going to go over your Schedule Planner, we're going to look at it, we're going to kind of see whether or not we agree with what you're thinking. If we don't agree with what you're thinking, we're going to give you some reasons why. And what we can do is we can add courses to your cart, we can also take courses maybe out of your cart, we do not actually register you though well your advisor does is they releases you to register. And so when you go and meet with your academic advisor, they are going to release you so that when it is your time to register, you will have the ability to register. Now when it comes to your registration time. You're going to need to go into your new paltz.edu account and you'll be able to see what your time assignment and the date is that you're actually going to register. And then ideally what's going to happen is is when you go into register, when it's your time, you're going to be able to click your checkout on your cart, and you're going to be able to register that quickly and easily. But when you're meeting with your advisor, you are not actually registering for courses during that time period. All your academic advisor is doing is making suggestions for you telling you about how you can keep on the right track to make sure that you're going to graduate in a timely fashion. Now, let's be clear about those time assignments. They are the time you must log in to register for courses you and your advisor discussed in advance. And again, as I mentioned a few minutes ago, that is not the time to go, Hey, I need to go talk to my academic advisor. At that point. If it's already your time to register, it's too late, because you've already now lost time that other students are already registering for classes. And that means classes that you may have needed to get into are now full. So it's very important to make sure that you again, as soon as you get that email from your academic advisor, go meet with your academic advisor, work with your Schedule Planner so that when you sit down and talk to your academic advisor, you'll be able to come up with what's going to be the best schedule for you so that when it is your time to register You're gonna be able to get in the classes that you need. So, some other important information we have here in the Department of Communication that we just want to make you aware of. Let's talk about getting involved. We urge transfer students to get involved in extracurriculars and get to know us. Meet with your faculty during your office hours meet with your academic advisor during her or his office hours. We have a communication on our society. It's called lambda pie ADA, and it recognizes students at graduation time if they meet a GPA of at least a 3.5. It includes a nice brunch a ceremony, you get a graduation cord for your gown. Again, that is something you can only start actually getting into it after you've been here for at least a semester. You have to have a 3.5 GPA here at SUNY New Paltz, and you can only be a junior to be able to actually enroll into lambda pi ADA. There's also an active media and journalism society that welcomes communication majors. They have guest speakers, field trips and alumni panel in the spring weekly meetings often with pizza And you can learn more about that on their Facebook page. We also encourage internships now we want you to be very clear that we encourage them they are not mandatory in the Department of Communication. Now here there is some important information that you have to be aware of when it comes to internships though. First, you must have 30 credits at SUNY New Paltz, and you must apply for the department certification one semester before you start looking for a placement.
So you can't go it's the beginning of the semester, I just got this great internship, I want to do it now. No, again, you have to have applied to have the departmental certification to do an internship one semester before you start looking. So if you know that you want to be able to do an internship during your senior year as a transfer student, you need to get onto that during your the spring semester of your junior year so that you can do that in the fall semester of your senior year. So you really have to think about internships quite a bit in advance. There's also an application you can get it in the depart website, you can also get it on our website and the communication blog. We do have a blog for the Department of Communication, it's Huck site new paltz.edu, backslash calm. And again, that's a great source for lots of information, we do recommend you look at that, periodically during the year, you'll get notices that there's new information on the departmental blog, and it's just a great resource for you to have as a member of our department. Also, part of that internship application is getting your advisors signature. So please make sure that you plan in advance. If you wait until the due date for the internship application, which again, is do a semester
before you're actually going to
do that internship. You may have a problem getting in touch with your academic advisors. So you need to give yourself multiple days to actually get in touch with your actual