Upon arriving at Culver-Stockton College, each student is assigned an academic advisor. Academic advising is an educational process in which the faculty member engages the student in exploration of academic opportunities and planning for the desired career. The process, just as important as the degree completion outcome, is far more intensive and developmental than simply assisting students with course selection and registration. Meaningful academic advising requires active participation from both the student and faculty member, and involves interpersonal dialogue, mentoring, teaching, empowerment and mutual responsibility.
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Monitoring grades and guiding students to success
Early Alert: At the first sign a student is struggling in a course, faculty members can refer students to the early alert system. The Student Success Center staff will then meet with the student and together they will create a plan to aid the student in completing the semester successfully.
3-week Academic progress reports: In order to effectively monitor student academic status, faculty submit an early indication of attendance, class participation and work completed by rating each student "satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory" for each category after the first 3 weeks of the semester. Academic advisors then meet with students to discuss their academic progress.
Midterm grades: Faculty submit midterm grades just after the six week point in the semester. This process allows students and their advisors to assess their academic progress and make course corrections and celebrate successes.