Faculty is central to academic advising system at Texas Lutheran University. All tenure track faculty with one year of service at TLU assume academic advising responsibilities. The faculty role in the advising system is supplemented and supported by the Office of the Vice President and Dean of Students within the Division of Student Life. The Texas Lutheran University academic advising system has as its guiding principle the belief that academic advising is a natural component and extension of faculty teaching and, as such, is integral to student learning.
The purpose of the academic advising program is to assist students in the development of meaningful educational goals that are consistent with personal interests, values and abilities. Although many individuals on campus, including academic advisors, may assist the student in making decisions and accomplishing goals, the academic advisor is granted formal authority by the university to approve the student's academic program of study and assist the student in progressing toward the appropriate degree.
Advising and registration for the spring will occur in the middle of the fall semester. Advising and registration for the fall and summer sessions will occur approximately a month before the end of the spring semester. There are always opportunities for students to participate in late registration periods or register during the first week of classes if they miss the regular scheduled registration periods.
Academic Support Services
Texas Lutheran University Academic Support Services provides academic assistance to all TLU students and is comprised of the Academic Support Center, Early Academic Warning Program, the Developing Scholars Program, and the Student Alert System.
Academic Support Center
The Academic Support Center provides support for all TLU students, houses the campus Collaborative Learning Assistance and Supplemental Instruction programs and provides campus-wide academic workshops, individual academic counseling, and support. The Academic Support Center office is located in the Meadows Center Suite of the Alumni Student Center.
Study Strategies Workshops
Academic Support offers many study strategies workshops for students each semester and additional workshops can be scheduled for organizations, meetings or classes. Available workshop topics include test-taking strategies, time management, memory strategies, writing and citation for research papers, efficient study strategies, dealing with math anxiety, dealing with test anxiety, note-taking and reading texts. Any workshop can be tailored to address needs that are specific to a particular class or subject. Study Strategies video series and a list of online resources are available to students on MyTLU.
Early Academic Warning Program
The Early Academic Warning Program is conducted after the third and sixth week of each semester for all first-year students, transfer students, athletes, and students on academic probation. The three-week inquiry includes checks on behavioral issues that could lead to academic difficulty, and the six-week check consists of grades earned as of that date. Those students who receive alerts will be contacted and provided information on campus resources available to improve their academic success.
Student Alert System
The Student Alert System is provided for faculty and staff who have concerns about students. After being notified of the concern, the Student Life and Learning Division will contact the student for follow-up and provide appropriate information and/or referrals as needed.
Developing Scholars Program
The Developing Scholars program is a voluntary program for students who have been placed on academic probation. Students who choose to participate will meet weekly with a campus support person bi-weekly and receive the individual support needed to work toward returning to good academic standing.
Collaborative Learning Assistance (CLA)
CLAs (also known as tutors) are recommended by their professors based on good academic achievement in the courses they work with. They are then trained and supervised by the Academic Support Center staff. All CLAs are familiar with course content as well as with study skills strategies, so they can help students understand not only what to learn but how to learn. Both the scheduled CLA and CLA by appointment are funded through university fees.
If the options above are not adequate, another possibility for CLA is our list of private tutors, who are available by appointment. Fees for private tutoring, which are set by the tutor, must be paid by the user at the time of use. Members of Seguin and surrounding communities may also use our private tutor list.
Supplemental Instruction (SI)
SI leaders are recommended by their professors and are trained and supervised by Academic Support Services. They attend the class for which they lead sessions and they also take notes and read required texts. They then schedule learning sessions which focus on reviewing content material as well as improving the students’ ability to study, think critically, take tests and improve their overall performance as students. SI leaders are trained not only to help students in the class they are currently taking but to help them transfer good academic skills to the other classes they take. All students in the class are encouraged to attend, whether they want to raise a low grade to an acceptable one or raise a B to an A.
Students looking to improve their writing may utilize the TLU Writing Center located in Blumberg Memorial Library CoLab. Instead of proofreading papers, the Writing Center shows students how they can invent, focus, revise, develop, proofread and otherwise strengthen their own writing. Writing CLAs focus on students' goals and use the specific writing task at hand to help students practice strategies to meet those goals. Students are encouraged to bring directions for the assignment and what they have written so far, or students can get help getting started on projects through guided practice of methods of invention, brainstorming, choosing a topic, and conducting research for projects that require it.
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