What’s ASK Week? It’s Advisement for Success Kickoff (ASK), which runs April 3-7, and it’s an opportunity for you, the student, to sit down with your academic adviser and plan out how to most efficiently and effectively complete your degree program!
Of course, degree-seeking students are required to visit with their adviser anyway (or at the very least schedule a phone appointment or communicate via University email) so they can get their Alt PIN/Adviser Release, which is mandatory for registration, but the interaction with the adviser is more important than simply being able to register.
“The advising appointment is critical because it allows the adviser and student to review the student’s degree program and plan for any required prerequisites, as well as stay on track with the sequencing of the program so the student can graduate within a specific time frame,” said Cindy Bridges, coordinator of the Advisement and Academic Coaching Center for Empowering Student Success (AACCESS).
“Using advising worksheets for short-term planning and a program planning guide for long-term goals, we plot out courses needed for the upcoming semesters to reach these goals,” she explained. “Providing students a visual picture of their degree program and what it will take to complete it in their desired time frame helps prevent delays in degree completion.”
Over 50 advisers, including faculty, will be available to answer questions during ASK Week, Bridges said.
Posters across campus, email notifications and other materials distributed throughout the month will remind students about ASK Week, and students also will receive postcards in the mail that will include the name of their adviser, Bridges said. Students are strongly recommended to meet with their assigned advisers because “in many cases the assigned adviser is an expert in your specific degree program,” she added.
If you’re not sure who your adviser is, you can check by going to mygrizzlyden.MissouriState.edu, entering your BearPass ID and password, clicking on the “My Enrollment” tab and clicking on “MY ADVISER.” Or, you can swing by the AACCESS office in Melton 100 or call 417-255-7222.
Bridges said students should schedule their appointments well in advance. Early Registration starts April 17 and runs through April 21, so it is crucial to figure out which classes you need ahead of time. Meeting with an adviser can also help you to formulate a backup plan in case some of those classes fill up.
Starting at 8 a.m. April 17, eligible students can register online 24/7 through My Grizzly Den, mygrizzlyden.MissouriState.edu, or register in the registration and records office in Cass Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. A complete list of dates and eligibility criteria for Early Registration can be found at https://wp.missouristate.edu/recreg/early-registration.htm. And, for more information on ASK Week, visit https://wp.missouristate.edu/aaccess/ASK-week.htm.