Starting Conversations About Academics
The first semester of college is an amazing milestone for both your student and you. One thing's for sure: You'll have lots to talk about, and throughout the term, you'll probably want to check in and ask questions about how things are going in class. Below, we've put together a list of major dates and conversations starters to help guide your student's progress.
The First Week: 9/13
By now, your College of Art and Design/College of Liberal Arts and Sciences student has been in classes for one week, and has had at least one class meeting for each course. This is a good time to ask how they likes them and whether they have read the syllabi carefully. The Add/Drop deadline will be coming up in another week. Are they planning to drop or add any classes? (Remember that students need to maintain at least 12 credits to be considered full-time.)
Add/Drop Deadline: 9/19
Students cannot add classes after this deadline. Classes dropped after this deadline may require a fee and will be indicated on the transcript with a "W" for Withdraw. This is a good time to encourage your student to stop in and visit their advisor to introduce themselves before deciding to drop or add a course. This may also be a good time to remind them to visit the Center for Academic Achievement for tutoring or writing help.
Early Alert: 10/2
Within the first four weeks of the semester, faculty notify the Academic Advising Center with names of students who are having attendance issues, behavioral issues in the classroom, late/missing assignments, or poor performance on quizzes and assignments. The professional advising team will follow up with those respective students to address the concerns. If your student gets an early alert, encourage your student to meet with both the faculty and academic advisor to discuss options to move forward.
Mid-Semester Evaluations: 10/23
At this point, faculty will begin to submit mid-semester evaluations for students who are having difficulty in their classes. Both students and advisors will receive copies of these reports electronically. Encourage your student to talk to any instructor in whose class they received a mid-semester evaluation. Encourage your student to check in with their advisor as well. The advisor can help your student consider the best "next steps" and connect them with appropriate support resources. Encourage your student to go back and review the course syllabi to look ahead for the second half of the semester.
Spring 2018 Course Registration Begins: 11/3
It's already time to plan for the spring semester. Your student should meet with their advisor to plan a spring schedule before course registration begins. Students will register for courses online afterward. Students cannot register if they have not met with their advisor. Student Account holds (often due to incomplete immunization records or unpaid balances) will also prevent your student from registering on time. Encourage your student to look at course offerings on LOIS and in the Academic Catalog, and to think about appropriate courses before they visit their advisor. Prior to the advising meeting with a professional academic advisor, encourage your student to talk to a Peer Advisor who could help your student with pre-advising and schedule building. The MyLesley Academic Advising Community also contains important registration information for College of Liberal Arts and Sciences students, including registration notes.
Last Day to Withdraw from a Course: 11/7
Encourage your student not to wait until the last minute if they need to withdraw from a course. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences students must meet with their advisors in order to withdraw from a course. A "W" grade does NOT affect GPA.
Classes End: 12/12
The last couple of weeks of class are very stressful for many students. Lots of support from home is welcome here!
Final Exams: 12/14-12/20
Lots more support welcome here, too! Please be sure to check with your student about their final exam schedule before making travel arrangements.