Student Learning Outcomes and Expectations

Student Learning Outcomes

Exploratory Studies is a three-tiered program that focuses on coordinating advising, teaching, and programming to support students in their major and career decision-making process.

Advising is an integral part of your college learning. As a result of your academic advising experience, you will:

  • Identify and articulate your unique interests, abilities, and values (self-knowledge)
  • Apply your self-knowledge, personal experience, and research to make an informed decision on a major
  • Establish educational goals and monitor progress toward those goals
  • Understand university policies and procedures, including, but not limited to:
    • Course registration procedures, degree requirements, grade exclusion, academic standing, and GPA
    • Change of Degree Application (CODA) (criteria and process for declaring a major)
    • Requirements for meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress
    • Student Code of Conduct
  • Select courses that strategically fulfill the General Education Program in your intended degree program(s) and help you achieve your educational and career goals
  • Utilize the Degree Planner effectively in course-planning
  • Pursue campus resources and opportunities that support personal wellness, academic success, community involvement, and career goals

What to Expect from Your Academic Advisor

Advising is a partnership between you and your Advisor that is grounded in frequent communication regarding personal goals, self-knowledge, and information about majors, careers, and university policies.  Our advisors do not “prescribe” answers or majors for you; rather, we prompt you with the questions and resources you need to explore your unique interests, abilities, and values, and to set and reach your personal, academic, and career goals. While academic advising is a collaborative process, the ultimate responsibility for your educational experience rests with you, the student.

How Families Can Support Their Students

Academic Advisors in Exploratory Studies take pride in developing strong relationships with advisees. We view our relationship with our students as a partnership in which there is interaction in class and in individual advising sessions to help them learn about academic programs and resources, and to develop personal and academic goals. Whenever possible we would like for students to ask their own questions and handle issues that arise.  However, if your student has signed a FERPA release, we are willing to discuss with you academic or personal information that may be of concern. Learn more about the opportunities to get involved with our Parents as Partners Program!

Career Connections, Saturday, March 17.

Career Connections will be held on Saturday and is a mandatory event for all students in USC 102.  You will have the opportunity to hear from professionals in various career fields.  Details will be provided …read more.

Career Connections-Information for Parents

It is almost time for our annual Career Connections Event! In concert with the individualized advising in Exploratory Studies, our ultimate goal is to help students make careful and informed decisions regarding their academic and …read more.

Majors & Minors Fair!

The annual Majors & Minors Fair will be held on Wednesday, February 21, in 126 Witherspoon from 3-5pm.  Come and meet with representatives from all Colleges at NC State.