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The ABC’s of the Exploratory Advising Center

Academic Advising- Process whereby students are provided with information regarding degree requirements, recommended coursework,  programs of study, academic support services and policies, and procedures defining academic progress. 

Academic Advisor- A person to speak with in regards to your academic goals, declaring a major and scheduling classes for semesters.

Academic Probation- When a student fails to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0, which is the minimum university requirement for graduation. Students will be notified by their college/dean's office if put on academic probation. (Kent State University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog, p. 78; University Register #3342-3-01.9)

Academic Standing- Students with a cumulative 2.0 grade point average or above are in good academic standing. Students with a cumulative grade point average below 2.0 are placed on academic probation. 

Bursar's Office- University office where tuition and fee payments are made. 

Course Load- Total number of semester credit hours for which a student is registered. 

Destination Kent State- An advising and registration program for newly enrolled students.

Dismissal- Occurs when students whose academic performance indicates little chance of obtaining the minimum grades required for graduation will be dismissed from the university.  (University Policy Register #3342-3-01.10.)

Elective- Courses or programs pursued in addition to the collegial, departmental, major and liberal education degree requirements. 

EXCEL- It is a living learning program for new freshman students in the Exploratory major who have chosen to explore the numerous majors at Kent State University prior to declaring a major. (

Exploration- To investigate, study or analyze a particular interest.

Exploratory Advising Center (formally known as the Student Advising Center)- Where the Exploratory Advisors are housed. Also, a place where students can receive the academic support needed to succeed while at Kent State University.

Exploratory Student- An exploratory student is a student who has not formally declared a major at Kent State University. Some exploratory students are unsure of what they want to major in, and therefore explore different majors and careers through coursework, self-reflection, and research. Other exploratory students know what they want to major in, and are working towards the required G.P.A. to declare their desired major. (

FERPA- A federal law designed to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their education records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate and misleading data through informal and formal hearings. (

Financial Aid-   Assistance provided to students to help them meet both the direct costs of education (e.g., tuition, fees, books) and indirect costs (e.g., room and board, travel expenses). There are four sources of financial aid: the federal government, state governments, private organizations, and postsecondary institutions themselves. (

FlashLine- This secure site provides Kent State University students, faculty and administrative staff with world-class Internet services. This is where you can check e-mail, register for courses, and explore the Internet. ( )

Graduate Planning System (GPS) Roadmap- A roadmap is a list of course requirements that must be met for you to graduate with a specific major. It is presented in a semester-by-semester layout for easy understanding. Roadmaps also identify courses and other milestones that are critical (they are in boldface and shaded) for students to complete in a particular semester to be on track for timely graduation.  (

Kent CORE (formally known as 'LER') – Set of learning-centered course requirements for undergraduates designed to ensure that Kent State students graduate with the education and skills required for success in the 21st century. (

Prerequisite- Course(s) or condition(s) required before enrollment in a more advanced class. 

Registrar's Office – The University office that plans and oversees registration activities, academic record maintenance, transcript preparation and degree audit system. 

Reinstatement- Process by which a student may gain re-entry to the University after dismissal. 

Repeat for Calculation Policy- Students may repeat any lower division (10000 or 20000 level) course taken at Kent State University and only the highest grade will be used in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average. This policy does not apply to variable content courses that are repeatable for credit, such as special topics courses, individual investigations, internships, etc.

Supplemental Instruction (SI)- It is an international program, offering peer-facilitated group study sessions for students enrolled in large, high-risk courses (30% D, F, and withdrawal rate). (

Supplemental Instruction Sessions – They provide students with course-specific learning and study strategies, note taking and test taking skills, and the opportunity to study with their peers in a group format.  National research, along with data obtained since the beginning of Kent State's program, has shown that students who attend SI sessions normally earn a half a letter grade higher than students who do not attend. (

Syllabus-  An outline of a particular course's topic, professor contact information, and assignments for a semester.

Teacher's Assistant (TA)- An undergraduate or graduate student who helps in some manner with a specific course. In some cases, a TA will teach a class, assist a professor, grade assignments, or conduct office hours. 

"Withdrawal" vs "dropping" from a course: When a student de-registers from a course between the second and tenth weeks of a fall or spring semester, it is referred to as a "withdrawal", and is recorded on the student's transcript as a "W". A "W" is not included in a student's G.P.A. calculation. When a student de-registers for a course before the end of the second week of a fall or spring semester, it is referred to as a "drop", and is not shown anywhere on the student's transcript. Generally, a student should decide during the first two weeks of a semester if she/he wants to continue taking a class or not. Furthermore, a student should consult with her/his academic advisor and explore all possible resources before dropping or withdrawing from a course.