Deciding on a major requires time and deliberate exploration. There are several things you can do to help you make your decision. Talk with your instructors. Interview current professionals. Meet with a career counselor. Complete some interest assessments. Check out the following links as you proceed:
To declare or change your major just contact the Registrar's Office, Woodburn Hall first floor, 642-6092.
First and foremost, ATTEND ALL CLASSES and COMPLETE ALL ASSIGNMENTS ON TIME.
Always strive to maintain the highest grade point average (GPA).
Check your BHSU email DAILY - email@example.com
Familiarize yourself with WebAdvisor in preparation for registration.
Meet with your academic advisor.
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Starfish is a student success system that allows the University to connect you with the tools and resources that you might need in order to be successful. The system will allow you to easily schedule appointments with your professors and advisor, and allow them to identify and help at-risk students, remind you of non-classroom related tasks that you need to complete, and commend you for a job well done.
You can access the Starfish system in one of two ways: from the main navigation menu on the Desire2Learn homepage or from the Student Information menu within WebAdvisor. The first time that you enter the Starfish system, please update your personal profile including a picture so that faculty and staff can easily recognize you. To access your profile, simply click on your hyperlinked name in the upper right hand corner of the Starfish window. When you are entering your profile information, please keep in mind that anyone you make an appointment with in Starfish will be able to access your profile information. We recommend that you change your default time zone to Mountain time and determine the frequency of emails that works the best for you. After you finish updating your profile, select either of the two Save buttons. (Callout: The Nevermind buttons will discard any information that you entered without saving it.)
After you have finished updating your profile, please select the hyperlink for the Home screen which will provide you with access your Starfish dashboard. This screen shows you a list of all of your courses as well as a list of your professors. The drop-down menus allow you to filter these different sections of the system.
University personnel are ever watchful of the content of student information to be shared with others, as well as with whom it is to be shared. Faculty concerns frequently focus on maintaining the privacy of student grades and other related indicators of academic performance. In many instances a parent is simply wanting to know the grades of a daughter or son, unaware that such information cannot be released without the student’s prior written consent. This is also the case for staff dealing with a third party wanting information about a student’s GPA or financial aid status.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, a.k.a. the Buckley Amendment, serves as the guideline for how public and private institutions receiving federal aid share students’ educational records. FERPA broadly defines educational records as “any record maintained by the institution about a student.” This information can be either directory (public) or non-directory (private), and the release of private information to anyone other than the student is restricted unless the student gives written consent or the court orders it. There are, however, some exceptions:
…a health or safety emergency, if the information is necessary to resolve the emergency; or to those within the university itself who have a “legitimate educational interest.” Thus, release within a school is permissible for legitimate educational purposes—for example, to a faculty member who needs information about a student enrolled in her course, or even to a school’s accounts receivable clerk who is attempting to collect a student’s outstanding tuition debt. (Academic Advising: A Comprehensive Handbook, NACADA, 2000.)
When university officials are sharing information of "legitimate educational interest," they are advised to keep correspondences as brief and factual, focusing on the immediate student concern. Remember that a student does have the right to request a review of any of her/his public records.
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017