Academic Issues

DROPPING A CLASS/WITHDRAWING FROM SCHOOL

First of all – dropping and withdrawing are two DIFFERENT things.

Students drop a class but are still enrolled in others.

However, when they withdraw, they have no classes left, i.e., they withdraw from school for the semester.

Students do this online at Peoplesoft.

DEADLINES (http://www.uh.edu/financial/payment/refunds/index.php)

There are a number of deadlines for getting some money back:

Dropped by September 9th – 100% refund for the dropped class(es)

Withdrawn by August 23rd -100% refund – $15

Withdrawn between August 24th and 28th – 80% refund

Withdrawn between August 29th and September 4th – 70% refund

Withdrawn between September 5th and 14th – 50% refund

Withdrawn between September 15th and 21st – 25% refund

Withdrawn after September  21st – NO REFUND!

FINANCIAL AID ISSUES

Students need to maintain their hours to remain completely eligible for financial aid and scholarships.

For financial aid, they need to keep 75% of:

6 hours if halftime

9 hours if 3/4 time

12 hours if fulltime

For scholarships limitations and rules, they need to look at the terms of their original scholarship.

ADDING CLASSES

Most of your students will have registered for classes by the time you see them.However, a lot of students like to change their schedule either right before classes start or in the first week of classes.

Some may have been dropped from their classes due to non-payment.

First of all – encourage your students to get in classes quickly and GO TO CLASS.  The chances of a student doing well in a particular class decrease dramatically if they miss the first week.

Students add classes on Peoplesoft.  If there is space in a class, they can add themselves.

If a class is FULL, then different departments, colleges, professors, programs have different ways to do things. Students should e-mail the professor to find out how to do this for that particular class.

 

STUDENTS MUST PAY FOR CLASSES THE DAY THAT THEY ADD THEM TO BE SURE THAT THEY’LL KEEP THEM!!!

MAJORS

A majority of incoming students have already picked their “major” – the subject that they plan to graduate in.

Generally, a major links a student with a college and department.  They will need to talk with the advisor associated with their major.

The list of advisors may be found at

http://www.uh.edu/provost/student-success/advisorlist.html

If you want to try to call the particular advisor to help your student, go ahead.

There are several terms to be aware of with this.

CHANGING MAJOR:

Once a student has registered for classes, they can only change majors by going to the department they WANT to major in!

Many majors just require a student to be in “good standing.”   However, Engineering, Business, Education, Hotel Restaurant Management and several departments have extra requirements.

In these cases, ideally, you should just be able to send the student to the appropriate advisor.  However, if the advisors are overloaded, you can find out the information as follows:

Business: http://www.bauer.uh.edu/undergraduate/

Education: http://www.coe.uh.edu/student-services/undergrad-office/advisors/

Engineering: http://www.egr.uh.edu/academics/?e=adm

HRM: http://www.uh.edu/hilton-college/Current-Students/Academic-Advising/

PRE-SOMETHING MAJORS 

A lot of incoming students are premed, predent etc.  These are not “real majors” – but describe courses of study towards a student getting into medical or pharmacy school etc.  Their advisors are in Cougar Village 2.

http://www.uh.edu/ussc/pre-health-advising/

UNDECLARED MAJORS (No major) 

These students are based in Exploratory Studies.  Their advising is also in Cougar Village 2.

http://www.uh.edu/provost/student-success/advising/#exploratory-studies

THE LONGER A STUDENT GOES WITHOUT A MAJOR, THE LOWER THEIR CHANCES OF GRADUATING.  So – if one of your students is in the category, encourage them to try to pick one.

COLLEGES AND DEPARTMENTS

Academically, the university is split into colleges, each with a Dean as the head.  Most colleges have a number of departments – which usually are headed by a Departmental Chair.

Students often have difficulties separating colleges from departments and Deans from Chairs, so be aware of this possible confusion.

There are nine colleges that offer undergraduate courses.   Each of these can have different procedures for student-related issues so you will need to be able to match departments to colleges and vice versa:

It will be obvious which college is associated with most of the courses your students will take.  There are some non-intuitive ones, like Nutrition which is actually in education.

In order of number of freshman taking classes:

CLASS – or LIBERAL ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES 

Anthropology

Art

Communication

Communication Disorders

Economics

English

Health and Human Performance – this includes Kinesiology and Nutrition.

Hispanic Studies (including Spanish)

History

Modern and Classical Languages (including French and German)

Music

Philosophy

Political Science

Psychology

Sociology

Theatre and Dance

Visual Studies

NSM – or NATURAL SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS

Biochemistry

Biology

Chemistry

Computer Science (different from computer engineering)

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (Geology)

Math

Physics

BUSINESS

Most of your business students will be “Prebusiness”

Accounting

Decision and Information Sciences (DIS)

Finance

Management

Marketing

ENGINEERING 

Biomedical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Industrial Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

EDUCATION 

Curriculum and Instruction

Education Psychology (includes Human Development and Family Studies)

TECHNOLOGY 

Engineering Technology (different from Engineering)

Human Development and Consumer Sciences (HDCS)

Information and Logistics Technology

HRM or HOTEL AND RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT  ARCHITECTURE PHARMACY 

Are all obvious! J

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