The Liberal Studies for Early and Elementary Education Program at Virginia Commonwealth University considers academic advising a cooperative effort between the adviser and the student. Professional advisers provide recommendations to their advisees in terms of academic planning and career goals, and expect their advisees to take a continuous, active role in this process. The student has the ultimate responsibility of his/her schedule and academic plans, including adherence to all deadlines set by the University as indicated on the academic calendar and meeting degree requirements as specified in the VCU Undergraduate Bulletin.
Our goal is to make available all the information necessary for you to make the very best choices in your upcoming enrollment while facilitating a timely graduation which will save you money in the long run! We strongly recommend every student meet with an adviser prior to registration every semester to ensure accurate course selection and timely progress towards degree completion.
Professional advisers in the College of Humanities and Sciences assist with course selection to help students make timely and accurate progress towards degree completion.
Students must pass a minimum of 120 semester hours (total) to receive an undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. There are no exceptions to this rule.
Students must obtain at least 45 upper level credits in order to graduate. There are no exceptions to this rule.
Students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater to graduate. (Students must meet a minimum 3.0 GPA to advance to upper-level classes in the LSEE Program.)
All LSEE majors are strongly urged to consult with their academic adviser prior to registering for courses each semester.
Pay attention to emails, announcements and Blackboard posts. This is the official line of communication from the Liberal Studies for Early and Elementary Education program to its majors.
Explain the university’s curriculum, requirements, policies and procedures when needed
Encourage and guide students to define and develop realistic educational goals
Review degree progress with students
Assist students with planning programs consistent with their abilities and interests
Listen carefully to questions, concerns and confusions
Apprise students of available resources and job/internship opportunities
Discuss the relationship between academic preparation and the work world
Communicate with and inform students about relevant information concerning the degree program
Become knowledgeable about college programs, policies, schedules/deadlines and procedures
Clarify personal values and goals
Participate proactively in the decision-making process
Review their degree audit prior to each appointment
Follow through on suggested actions, resources or referrals
Keep a personal record of academic progress
Accept responsibility for academic decisions and performance
Check student email regularly and be professional when communicating with faculty and staff through email