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Fall 2017 enrollment advising update for faculty

Dear Colleagues,

Academic advising to prepare students for enrolling in fall 2017 classes begins officially after Spring Break and will continue through Friday, 14 April.

This post has extremely valuable information that you will find useful as you meet with students.  More detailed information is included below the bulleted list of items.

We have posted a list of frequently asked questions on our “Resources” website for faculty (https://kuub.ku.edu/facultystaff).  Many routine advising questions should be addressed at this site.  Please send us questions that you don’t find on this list, since we are always updating.  

Current (and past) degree requirements can be found at http://www.kuub.ku.edu/degrees/.  We’ve included four year guides for all of our biology majors.  Note that the Human Biology Program has its own web page (http://www.humanbio.ku.edu/).  The Schedule of Classes can be found at http://classes.ku.edu.

Please do not hesitate to contact Greg (gburg@ku.edu) or me if you have questions.

Thanks, and happy advising.

—Jen and Greg


* Permission numbers
* BIOL 408 Physiology of Organisms curricular change
* ANTH 304 Fund. Physical Anthropology for graduating human biology majors
* Enrollment dates
* Enrollment holds
* Declaring a major
* KU Core vs. classic gen eds
* Online advising calendar

> Permission numbers.  Please contact Kandi Proudfoot (kmwhite@ku.edu) for course permission numbers, except for BIOL 152, BIOL 350, and BIOL 415.  Greg or I will be able to forward permission numbers for BIOL 152 and BIOL 350, and I will handle permission numbers for BIOL 415.  

> BIOL 408 Physiology of Organisms curricular change.  BIOL 408 Physiology of Organisms is no longer offered due to its transformation into two courses.  Students with BIOL 408 as a major requirement will choose one of two courses: BIOL 644 Comparative Animal Physiology (fall only; offered Fall 2017) or a course focusing on plant physiology—course number to be determined.  

> - ANTH 304 Fundamentals of Physical Anthropology.  Graduating Human Biology majors who still need to complete ANTH 304 may enroll in the online ANTH 304 course this fall but likely will need to submit an online enrollment request at www.collegeonline.ku.edu/onlinecourserequest.  If they experience difficulties enrolling, please direct them to me (weghorst@ku.edu) or Greg (gburg@ku.edu).

> Enrollment dates.  Here are the start dates for students enrolling for fall 2017:

Honors students and athletes: 30 March, Thurs
Seniors: 4 April, Tues
Juniors: 7 April, Fri
Sophomores: 12 April, Wed
Freshmen: 18 April, Tues

> Enrollment holds.  You might note that some advising hold names and abbreviations have changed recently.  There are several holds that students may see on their accounts.  Here is a brief description of each.  Please have the student confirm the type of hold they have before contacting Greg or me.

ADV-GRAD – Candidate for graduation hold.  Students (not advisors) have the ability to remove this hold after they read and follow instructions in the hold’s accompanying Academic Notice, accessed via the myKU "My Progress" area.  Students who have completed 75 credit hours receive this hold.  Students link to an online degree progress assessment in the notice.  A College graduation advisor will remove the hold after the assessment is completed.  Students should refer to their DPR while completing this assessment.

ADV-WELC – First year advising hold.  All students in the College receive this hold to assure that students receive at least two semesters of advising.  Greg and I are able to remove this hold after receiving confirmation that you met with the student.  We will also need the student’s KUID number.

ADV-CSRD – Non-declared major hold.  Students who have not yet declared a major after their first two semesters receive this hold every semester until they officially declare a major.  The notice will give instructions on how to lift this hold.  Greg and I are able to remove this hold after receiving confirmation that you met with the student.  We will also need the student’s KUID number.

ADV-CONZ – Concern zone hold.  This hold may be removed only by an advisor in the UAC, a graduation advisor in 109 Strong Hall, or a Univ. Honors Program advisor.  Students who meet one or more of the following criteria receive this hold: 1) on Academic Probation but not participating in probation programming, 2) in 2nd semester at KU but with fewer than 30 KU credit hours, and 3) in 2nd semester at KU with a GPA between 2.00 and 2.49.

> Declaring a major; grade-based prerequisites.  We have moved to grade-based prerequisites for BIOL 152 Principles of Organismal Biology and BIOL 350 Principles of Genetics; a grade of C- or higher is required in these courses’ prerequisites.  With the implementation of grade-based prerequisites, we have removed our major admissions requirements.  Students eligible to declare their major have been contacted by the College and have completed an online major declaration.  

> KU Core vs. classic gen eds.  Students entering KU from Fall 2012 through Spring 2014 who are pursuing B.S. degrees in Biochemistry, Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biosciences and who are completing KU Core requirements will have a section for B.S. major-specific General College Requirements on their DPR.  We will waive any B.S. major-specific General College Requirements that are not satisfied by the KU Core for these students, and the should meet with a biology advisor for details if they have any questions.

> Advising appointment calendar.  Please consider the convenience of using the on-line calendar tool for making advising appointments available for students.  Please refer to the advising update email (sent 3/27/17) to activate and configure your online advising calendar.  This is a great resource that allows you to manage your appointment times and gives students access to  appointment times without the hassle of multiple e-mail exchanges.  You will receive an e-mail notification when an appointment has been made.

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