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3.4 Academic Advising

  • 3.4.1 Advisement Policy

    The goal of academic advising at the University of North Georgia is to assist students in constructing meaningful educational plans based on their interests and abilities and consistent with each student’s academic, professional, and personal goals. Prior to registration periods, a four-week advising period will take place. Professional advisors in specific programs of study will advise students in the major and perform additional responsibilities as determined in collaboration with the school Dean. Campus Academic Advising Centers will advise the following populations:

    1. Open Option (undeclared) students
    2. Students who are not in good academic standing and having less than 42 hours
    3. MOWR/ACCEL/Joint Enrollment students
    4. Students requesting financial aid appeals
  • 3.4.2 Plan of Study

    The plan of study (POS) provides the list of requirements for completing a degree at UNG. Initially, the plan of study serves as a guide for discussion between the student and academic advisor.  Degree requirements and plans of study can change each academic year to reflect current department and program standards.  The POS version used by students is determined by the first term of enrollment at UNG.  Students may choose to use a future POS version at any time during their academic career.  Students may not use a POS version that was approved and used prior to their enrollment at UNG. Once a student has elected to use a POS from a future academic year, they cannot revert to a previous version. Degree programs are subject to change.  Adjustments may be made to the requirements for the degree regardless of the undergraduate catalog under which the student entered. 

    Students pursuing a baccalaureate degree must have an approved plan of study (POS) on file in the Office of the Registrar prior to earning 90 hours.

    Students seeking an associates degree must have an approved plan of study on file prior to earning 40 hours.

    The approved POS is changed only upon written authorization of the faculty advisor and the head of the department concerned. 

  • 3.4.3 Academic Advisement Center

    Academic Advisement Centers on the Gainesville, Oconee, and Dahlonega Campuses serve as resources for Open Option (undeclared) students, students who are not in good academic standing, and joint enrollment students. The centers provide information, resources, and support needed by students to develop and reach their academic goals. Professional advisors can assist students in understanding academic policies, choosing majors, planning course schedules, and obtaining information regarding transfer requirements.

    In addition to one-on-one advising, professional advisors in the Academic Advising Centers present information at new student orientations, train faculty advisors, present workshops, and collaborate with campus support services. For more information about Advising Center programs and services visit the Academic Advising webpage.

  • 3.4.4 Core Curriculum Rule

    Students are required to successfully complete all Area A core curriculum courses (courses emphasizing communication skills and quantitative skills) in a timely manner. First-time and transfer students entering UNG who have earned 30 hours but have not completed Area A must enroll in the next course necessary to make progress toward completing this area in every semester in which they take classes. For students with Learning Support requirements in reading, writing, and/or mathematics, taking the required Learning Support course(s) counts as making progress toward completing Area A. Students are also encouraged to complete at least one laboratory science course and at least one course of any foreign language requirement during the first sixty hours of coursework.

    USG BOR Academic & Student Handbook, Section 2.4.4
  • 3.4.5 Legislative Requirements

    A Georgia law requires that all candidates for a degree from an institution supported by public funds shall pass an examination "of the History of United States and the History of Georgia" and an examination "upon the provisions and principles of the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Georgia." The requirements for instruction in the above areas can be met by passing a test in each of the four areas or by satisfactorily completing one of the following courses at either UNG or another university in the University System of Georgia: HIST 2111, HIST 2112 or POLS 1101.

    If a student transfers one or more of these courses into UNG from a private or out-of-state institution, the student will have to take at least two exams to meet the mandated requirements. See the following exam options.

    • If a student received AP or CLEP credit for POLS 1101 & HIST 2111 or HIST 2112, the student needs to take the GA Constitution and the GA History exam.
    • If a student transferred from another state or received AP or CLEP credit for POLS 1101, the student needs to take the GA Constitution, GA History and U.S. History exams.
    • If a student transferred from another state or received AP or CLEP credit for HIST 2111 or HIST 2112, the student needs to take the U.S. Constitution, GA Constitution and GA History exams.

    Students should contact the Department of Political Science & International Affairs and the Department of History, Anthropology & Philosophy for clarification of these restrictions.

    Any baccalaureate student who has not met the legislative requirement, but has completed Area E, may petition the departments to use the following upper-level courses to meet the requirements listed below through coursework at the University of North Georgia:

    • Credit for U.S. history requirement: HIST 3150 or HIST 3151
    • Credit for Georgia history requirement: HIST 3182, HIST 3183, HIST 3184, or HIST 3185
    • Credit for Georgia constitution requirement: POLS 3106, POLS 4112, POLS 4120

    Approved 15-MAY-2013

  • 3.4.6 Regents' Test

    Each institution of the University System of Georgia shall assure the other institutions, and the system as a whole, that students obtaining a degree from that institution possess certain minimum skills of reading and writing. The Regents' Skills Program has been developed to help in the attainment of this goal. The objectives of the Regents' Skills Program are (1) to provide system-wide information on the status of student competence in the areas of reading and writing and (2) to provide a uniform means of identifying those students who fail to attain the minimum levels of competence in the areas of reading and writing.

    The University of North Georgia has been granted an institutional exemption to the Regents Reading and Writing Skills requirement by the USG executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer under delegated authority of the chancellor in consultation with the chair of the academic affairs committee of the Board of Regents.

    The exemption was granted based on UNG’s assessment of communications outcomes in Area A1 classes (ENGL 1101 and 1102). Therefore, if a student has passed ENGL 1101 and 1102 with a C or higher (or has been granted transfer credit for those classes AFTER ENROLLING at an exempt institution), then the student is exempt from Regents' Test requirements at that point, regardless of where he/she may transfer.

    Other exemptions may be found at the BOR website.

  • 3.4.7 Transient Permission

    Current University of North Georgia students may request to complete certain courses at another institution as a transient student. A Transient Permission Request form must be submitted in Banner Web prior to the term in which the student would like take these courses. Permission is not granted to students who have outstanding Learning Support or ESL requirements, or to students who have been granted academic renewal, or to students who are on academic suspension.

    Students who do not request (and receive) transient permission to attend another institution or who do not take the requested/approved courses risk not having their work transferred back to UNG.

    The Transient Permission Request for undergraduate students is available in Banner Web. Graduate students should contact the Office of Graduate Studies for more information.

    After the student submits the electronic request, the Registrar's office will send a letter confirming the student’s transient eligibility to the transient institution. The student must apply for transient admission to that institution. At the close of the transient term, students must request an official transcript of their coursework at the transient institution be sent to the University of North Georgia.

    Revised 03/10/2014

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