Committed Advisors + Engaged Students = Student Success
Developmental academic advising at Morehouse College is a form of robust one-on-one teaching and mentoring which helps students realize their academic and career goals. Academic advisors are encouraged to get to know each advisee and to be available to support them in various ways. Most importantly, advisors aim to provide complete, unbiased information tailored to the interests and success of our students.
Morehouse's Definition of Academic Advising
Students, faculty, and staff work together to facilitate the effectiveness of academic (curricular and co-curricular) plans that are consistent with students’ interests, goals, and abilities and the needs of our external constituents.
The Coordinator of Academic Advising and Support
Jacquelynn K. Davis, the Coordinator of Academic Advising and Support, brings 13+ years of student development/advisement experience to the position and is a member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). In addition to advising and assisting students who are experiencing academic transitions, Ms. Davis works with academic departments to implement best practices in advising, and faculty advisor training and support, and with the staff of the Academic Resource Center on academic recovery efforts. She also serves as a campus resource for the College regarding issues of academic advising (schedule planning, advisor recruitment and training, etc.). She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and her office is located in the Douglass Academic Resource Center.
Your Academic Advisor
A Faculty Advisor will be assigned to each student who has declared a major or minor through the appropriate department(s). Faculty, assigned by Department Chairs, are the best advisors to seek out to discuss any academic matters. They are experts in their fields, and can provide mentoring, recommendations, and insights into opportunities that are more likely to help students succeed at Morehouse College and beyond. Students who have not been assigned or who do not know who their advisor is can click here to request an advisor. Students who have difficulty reaching or communicating with their Faculty Advisor(s) should contact their Department Chair(s)/Program Director.
The Coordinator of Academic Advising and Support advises:
- undecided/undeclared students (those who have decided on a major but have not submitted the paperwork with the Office of Records and Registration to officially declare)
- first semester transfer students
- students considering a change in majors
Students are encouraged to play an active part in the advising relationship and seek their advisor’s help to:
- develop a 4 Year Study Plan
- declare and/or change a major or minor
- understand the contents in the Course Bulletin
- select courses for the upcoming term
- change course registration prior to Drop/Add
- improve academic skills
- monitor their academic progress
- explore post graduate and/or career plans
- review/revise their academic plan as their aspirations and dreams develop
- find campus and community resources for problems that affect academic performance (this may include social or personal problems)
Students are encouraged to see their academic advisor at least twice each semester. Additionally, Douglass Academic Resource Center's twitter account is another way for students to receive academic advice. It does not replace face time. While students are encouraged to seek multiple perspectives on how best to pursue their goals, they must accept responsibility for their own academic success and beware relying solely on information from peers.
Declaring or Changing A Major/Minor
Students may choose from among 26 majors across three academic divisions. While some students know exactly which major they want to choose, others are not as certain. Students who desire assistance with determining which major is best for them should visit with Ms. Jackie Davis, faculty in the area of study of interest, and Career Services prior to making a decision. Additional steps may be required to declare a major in some disciplines, and thus students may be required to meet with the program director/chair. Click here to download a pdf.
All incoming students are encouraged to declare a major prior to Advising Week of the second semester of their first year. This ensures that all students have the opportunity to be mentored by faculty in the academic discipline they want to study as early as possible.
All incoming students are assigned a Faculty Advisor upon enrollment based upon the major they identified when applying to the college. During New Student Orientation, students affirm their majors and are assigned faculty advisors by the Department Chair in their anticipated major. The students will reaffirm their major when they have earned 45 credit hours or when they have been enrolled for 1.5 years.