As University of Houston-Clear Lake prepares to welcome freshman and sophomore students for the first time, renovations and changes are being made throughout the university. The newest addition is the university Academic Advising Center, designed to help first-year and second-year students with fewer than 45 credits transition into university life.
Until the addition of this new center, students transferring in from community college partners or other universities have been receiving support from the Transfer Advising Office. However, university administrators agreed that advisers specifically designated to work with those transitioning from high school were needed.
“We knew that the needs of 17-, 18- and 19-year-old students would be different than our current incoming student that are either returning to school or transferring from a community college,” explained Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Yvette Bendeck. “We looked at best practices and built on their model for addressing these new and younger student needs.”
Advisers Barbara S. Moorman and Monique Davis Williams will provide students with information and guidance that will help keep students on track for a timely graduation. They are available to meet with students via phone, email, chat and in person.
“We are here to help incoming freshman and sophomore students transition into university life and provide structured guidance so that they can eventually stand on their own,” says Executive Director Mary Ramos. “Our goal is to make their first experiences in university life as successful as possible.
“We provide a multi-prong support system with a single point of contact so they can build a relationship with someone. These students are in a period of discovery and they need support.”
In order to better serve the students, the Mandatory Advising Program will go into effect this fall when the freshman and sophomore students first arrive, requiring that all students with fewer than 45 credits meet with their adviser three times during each semester and before course registration to ensure student success.
The university’s Academic Advising Center is located on the first floor of the university’s Bayou Building. For more information about hours or to set up an appointment, call 281-283-3087, email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the university’s Bayou Building, R\room 1408, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, 77058.
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University of Houston-Clear Lake offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctoral program, from its four schools, which include the School of Business, School of Education, School of Human Sciences and Humanities, and School of Science and Computer Engineering. In 2011, the university gained approval from the state to add freshman- and sophomore-level courses to its roster and is currently planning for its first freshman class in fall 2014. For more information about the university, visit http://www.uhcl.edu.