Advising - CoE Advising Syllabus

College of Engineering Advising Syllabus

General Office Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Office Location:

Engineering Library
W204 Nebraska Hall

Advising Appointments:

Students are assigned to a specific advisor at New Student Enrollment (NSE); however, they are welcome to visit any of the Engineering Student Services advisors as well as their assigned advisor. To visit an advisor, schedule an appointment through MyPLAN.

Things to do Prior to Your Advising Appointment:

  • Review your degree audit.
  • Review the degree requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog:
  • Write out your questions for reference so you can make the most of your time with your advisor.

Appointment Etiquette:

  • Appointments can fill up fast, especially during Priority Registration. Plan ahead!
  • Prepare for your advising appointment.
    • Write down a list of topics, questions and specific courses that you would like to discuss.
  • Arrive promptly. Remember to bring documents that you want to show your advisor.
  • Turn off/silence your cell phone before entering the advisor’s office.
  • Cancel your appointment if you are unable to attend.
  • If you are seeing an advisor as a walk-in appointment, make sure the advisor is available to see you before walking into their office. Be patient as they may be working with another student even if you don’t see another student in their office.

Email an Advisor:

Use email when you have a quick question that requires a short answer. Send an email directly to your department advisor or one of the Engineering Student Services advisors listed under the Advising Office Link above.

You have access to your department advisor’s email address through:
  1. Your “Success Network” in MyPLAN (located in Canvas)
  2. Your MyRED account

Email Etiquette:

  • Use a subject line that clearly states what the email is about.
  • Include your full name as well as your NUID.
  • Include specific information (i.e.: class numbers [MECH 223] or error messages).
  • Keep the question clear and to the point. Be professional – proofread and spellcheck!
  • Use proper grammar, spelling and punctuation – no texting shortcuts!
  • Allow 24 hours, excluding weekends and holidays, for a response.

Other Academic Advising Options:

  • Leave a phone message: make sure to include your name, phone number, and NU ID along with your question. Speak clearly and slowly when leaving your phone message. Make sure you are not doing other activities while speaking on the phone to your advisor or your advisor’s voice mail.
  • Utilize resources: review course sequencing guides, your degree audit and the Undergraduate Catalog.

Advising Expectations

Advising is a partnership between you and your advisor. In order for our advisors to best serve you, be prepared to articulate who you are, as well as your needs, interests, passions and goals.

Expectations of the Advisor:
  • Provide you with information regarding available campus services and resources.
  • Review your Degree Audit Report, and assist in the development of an academic plan.
  • Provide you with accurate documentation of your advising session via MyPLAN.
  • Provide assistance or referrals with your questions, concerns and special needs.
  • Assist you in developing your choices among courses.
  • Assist you in developing alternatives when you encounter academic impediments.
  • Help you develop your decision making skills.
  • Provide you with an ethical, non-threatening environment that is open and safe.
Expectations of you, as the Advisee:
  • Schedule regular appointments with an advisor (once a semester, a few weeks before priority registration, is recommended). Note that advising appointment/walk-in schedules get BUSY during Priority Registration season).
  • Read and understand your Undergraduate Catalog.
  • Review and monitor your Degree Audit Report each semester.
  • Come prepared to each advising appointment.
  • Be an active learner. Participate in your academic advising appointment.
  • Be honest and accurate about what you discuss with your advisor.
  • Communicate with your advisor about issues, deficiencies or barriers for your academic success.
  • Utilize advising tools and resources found on Canvas, Engineering website, in advising notes, and emails.
  • Keep a personal record of advising sessions.
  • Accept personal responsibility for your successful university and college experience.
  • Maintain up-to-date personal contact information, including phone and email, in your MyRED account.
  • Be proactive, ask questions, and seek assistance.

Glossary of Advising Terms:

Degree Audit: report containing degree requirements; shows classes taken, classes in progress, and classes needed.
Transfer Credit: credit given for college classes taken outside of UNL; listed on your degree audit after transcripts are received and processed.
Priority Registration: enrollment period for current students to schedule classes for the following semester. Date ranges can be found in the Academic Calendar.
MyRED: an online portal containing student information (class schedule, GPA, contact info, degree audit, student account, etc.).
Canvas: an online portal used for educational purposes (assignments, syllabi, Engineering organizations).
MyPLAN: an online tab within Canvas used to book advising appointments or send emails to advisors.