Summer 2020 Academic Advising Video Walk Through-PR
10:18PM 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. To get started, I've come here to the Department of communications website. And if you scroll down over here on the left hand side, you're going to see under the resources area major plans, I'm going to click on major plans. And that's going to take us to the area where we can actually get to a link which is right down here. And this is actually going to take us to our major plants. Now when you get to the Department of Communication major plans, you're going to see that it's broken down into two different sections. There's the major in Communication Studies. And then if you scroll
down towards the bottom,
then you're going to see the public relation concentration. This is the one that PR students need to pay attention to.
go ahead and walk through the public relations concentration. So you're gonna start off with what we call the lower division courses. There are 10 credits. You have CMM 104, which is public speaking, and then you have two courses over in digital media and journalism. You have investigating journalism And journalism one. Now there are a number of courses that are at the upper division level in our department that you are going to have to have completed investigating journalism and journalism one before you can actually take those courses. More on
that in a minute.
So then we have required required upper division courses for this.
four different courses here to start us off with. We have multimedia editing and layout,
Introduction to public relations,
public relations, campaign, and social media and public relations. And then you're going to have the senior capstone and our cases it's gonna either be proposals, plans and projects, which is the capstone for PR majors or PR, communication majors with a PR concentration. We do also offer one alternative which is digital media and journalism 314, which is feature writing. That's primarily there just because there are situations where a student is unable to take proposals, plans and projects and they need the alternative which is why we have features Writing, but it is highly recommended that you do take proposals, pants and projects especially if you want to be a PR professional since that is what that class is designed to do is to help you prepare yourself as you go into the future. From there you have your required persuasion course in this case you have two options. There's CMM 353, persuasion and social influence, or there's consumer behavior. Now note, you're gonna have a little star next to this one and if you come
down here to the bottom and scroll down, it says students
who choose B us or business courses to fulfill concentration requirements must meet all agreed upon prerequisites. Please plan accordingly. Many other business classes are going to require that you have other classes before you can take those.
And that's true for a lot of different classes. So you always have
to double check to make sure that you have the appropriate prerequisites so that you can take specific classes. Next, we have the required ethics course we have dmj 347 Media ethics or philosophy 305 business ethics, the one that's offered the most often is media ethics. And most of our students choose media ethics. And then lastly, we have a six to eight credits of electives. And as you can see here, it's a long laundry list of possible courses that you can take, either within the Department of Communication in business, or in digital media and journalism that we think would help round out your experience as someone who is a communication major, and the public relations concentration.
So let's look at what this
looks like when we actually come over here to a sample progress report. So here we have john smith. And one thing I want you to notice is right at the top of every page of the progress report, you're going to have the last name followed by the first name, and then you're going to have that n number or that banner number. Again, this is an important number because it's one we use on everything. So let's look at this first part here. The student name you have their classification, you have what level they are at as of right now, which they're coming in. In this case, at that point, they were a sophomore, but if you come down You're gonna see they're actually going to be in the fall There'll be a junior because they have more than 60 credits. It also lets us know that this person has an Associates of arts degrees from happy times community college here in New York. Now that's great because as we'll see in a second, if you have your associate's degree if it is the A or as that means that you are going to have already completed all of your general education requirements as a transfer student, if you do not come in with your associate's degree, or if you have an applied associate's degree, you still are going to have G e credits you're going to have to complete over here on the right hand side, you're going to see that this person is a communication studies major, and their concentration is public relations. And as you can see here, it tells us how many credits that they have completed. It also has a mass
level and it has their foreign language placement level.
So that's just all the information at the top I'm going to keep scrolling down. Then you get to the degree and bachelor's arts information and this is the overarching, general categories of things that you must complete to be able to graduate, for example, you have to have 120 credits to graduate, you must have a minimum of 30 credits taken and residents 15 of those, the last 15 must be taken here at SUNY New Paltz and it keeps scrolling, then you have the upper division, you have to have 45 credits of upper division, then you got your liberal arts requirement, you got to have 90 liberal arts, and then there's your writing intensity and your diversity requirement. Now, one thing I want you to be aware of is oftentimes when students are coming in, as you're going to see here, if you especially if you have your associates degree, their g four requirements have been waived, basically, meaning that
they are complete with the general education requirements.
However, we have two what we call new pulse requirements, as I've already mentioned, that is the writing intensive and diversity requirement. Now, your senior capstone whether it is proposals, plans and projects or whether you are taking feature writing are writing intensive courses. So we will actually cover your writing intensive class right here in the major, you do not need to take another one. We also have the diversity requirement. A lot of our students take communication among cultures because that is going to fulfill that diversity requirement. Other students will take another course that we have in the department, which is storytelling and culture that's at the 200 level, or they take courses all over the campus that
fulfill that diversity requirement.
Now, the next major sections that you're going to see here is your upper division. This is gonna let you know how many credits you have this person is coming in, they have 12 credits of upper division, that means they still need 33 credits to graduate and keep scrolling down. Same thing with the liberal arts requirement. This person needs 90 credits to graduate they currently already have 54. And again, for the most part, we really don't have problems with students hitting the 90 liberal arts credit requirement, unless they're coming in from an applied area something like electrical engineering or computer Get your science where some of those courses are not considered liberal arts courses. But for the most part, we rarely have a problem with a student hitting that 90 credit requirement. And this is all going to show you all the different courses that fulfill that liberal arts requirement that this student has already taken. So when they scroll through
all of that,
it's important to see that it's there. But also one thing you're going to notice is that these some of these same courses are going to appear in multiple places here. Okay,
next, we have again, that writing
intensive requirements I've already mentioned, and then there's that diversity. Now one of the things you're going to see is when we have a specific requirement,
like the diversity requirement,
right next to it's going to tell you all the different classes on campus that fulfill that. For example, in our department, as I've already mentioned, we have two courses CMM 214, and 359 to 14 is that storytelling and culture and 359 is communication among culture, and get a lot of our students decided to take these classes in the department but as you can see, there's a lot of different options. that this person has for fulfilling that diversity course. Now next you have the information about the major, this just lets you know kind of where you're sitting this person. There's 38 required credits that they need they have currently not. And we'll look more at that and a second. So let's look at the actual concentration. Right here you can see the other concentration in public relations. Now this person is coming in having taken public speaking, and, of course, that happy times. Happy times Community College, called theories of persuasion, and it transferred in as our theories of persuasion.
So that's great. That's one less or two courses that they
don't have to take in the major. But there are some things that this person is going to have to be aware of, for example, their first semester here, we need to get them into journalism one and investigating journalism just as a heads up. These courses should be taken concurrently, so you should be taking them in this aim semester. Some students will get into a situation where they are allowed to take investigative journalism one semester, and then they're able to take journalism one the next semester, you cannot do it the other way around. You cannot take j one if you are not taking investigating or you have not already taken it. So, again, they are designed to be taken concurrently. The next major course is 315. Now, what you're going to see after that is you're going to start seeing some courses that are going to have the stars next to them. Again, these are there to let us know that these courses have pre wrecks. So we got to be very careful. Because you have courses that you have to have met in NPR, mostly what you're going to see is you have to take in journalism one and investigating journalism to get into these other courses, or you have to take in
this introduction to PR, and sometimes
it's a combination of both of those. So
always double check the prereqs to make sure that you have the prereqs for a course that you want to take. So for this person's first semester, they're probably going to take you know journalism One investigating journalism, Introduction to PR. And then we're going to be focusing in on a couple of these
electives down here.
We've already looked at the laundry list of possibilities for electives, but this is just showing you again what they are. The next one is we've already talked about is that media ethics or business ethics, and that's listed right here.
And one thing I want to point out
is, it's really easy to look on your progress report and to see what you have who haven't fulfilled because if it's fulfilled, it's gonna have a nice green checkmark next to it. And if you haven't, it's a big red empty box. So we always want to go for the giant green checkmark that lets us know that we are making our progress. Now towards the bottom, you're going to have a section called credits that count towards your degree but not towards either general education, your major or your minor. In this case, this person had four different courses that transferred in his credit here at New Paltz, but did not transfer in in one of those other categories. It's also possible that you're going to have what we call non applicable courses. These are courses that are not eligible Multiple failed requirements here at SUNY New Paltz. For example, this one did not do well in underwater basket weaving one or modern theater, moose murders, those they fail those classes, so they did not come in as any kind of credit. So that is how you can walk through your basic progress report. Now there is one thing I do want to hit on up here towards the top, I'm actually going to open up a different version of the transcript, one that I had, if you are a transfer student in organizational communication, because I want to show you what it looks like if you still have GE courses. So as you can see here, if you still have GE courses, so if you didn't come in with that associate's degree, you're still going to have a section here. That's going to have all the GE courses that are required. And what you're going to see here is this person has taken
so that's one GE credit that's out there currently taking math. As you can come down, they still need to take their foreign language so there's a bunch of different options if you want to take German or Spanish. Now one thing I will come down here is Most of the time, what you're going to see is it is like Spanish one and Spanish two. And you have to take both of those sequence classes. Most of the foreign language classes are a sequence of two classes. So just be aware of that. I can come down here to the next category in general education, this case, it's called exposure to the disciplines. And this person has already taken their art class, they took history of rock. Currently, that's in progress. They took a bunch of other classes at the community college, but they still have a few general education requirements that they need. They need their Western civilization. And again, there's a bunch of different options there for them for possibilities and Western Civ. And then they still need as you can see down here, their world civilization, and again, a bunch of different options here for them to take to fulfill that specific general education requirement. So again, I just wanted you to be aware that if you still have G classes to take, this is what it's going to look like. Whereas if you come back over here to this one who had the associate's degree, you'll see that when he got down to that section, just puts a giant green checkmark to let us know that those are fulfilled. And we don't have to worry about those anymore. Okay, I hope that you have enjoyed this quick walk through the Progress Report. And we'll get back to the rest of the presentation now.
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 helps 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 To 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 what you're gonna do is you're gonna get that email, it's gonna let you know that academic advising season has started, you're gonna start looking in your 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 registrations are to begin and they're like, hey, I need to meet with my academic advisor. And by that point, it's going to 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 just 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 end, 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 highs, please make sure that you always use your banner number. And of course, the department advisor can also help with 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 release this 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 my 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 into register for courses. As 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. ours,
we have a communication Honor Society. It's called lambda pi
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 Department of 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 Department 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 COMM 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