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UESP Parents / Families FAQ

If you desire more information about your student's transition to college, please consider this excellent text: Donald Smith and Virginia Gordon. A Family Guide to Academic Advising. University of South Carolina: National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, 2003.

When does each quarter begin & end? What are the dates of the term break periods?

Academic Year 2013-2014

 
START DATE END DATE
Fall Term September 30, 2013
December 13, 2013
Winter Break December 13, 2013 January 5, 2013
Winter Term January 6, 2014 March 21, 2014
Spring Break March 24, 2014 March 28, 2014
Spring Term March 31, 2014 June 13, 2014

What is Academic Advising?

Academic Advising is one of the most important services that OSU offers. Advisors serve as academic advocates for students. In the case of UESP, our advisors are here not only to help your student select a major and start earning a degree, but also to help him or her become an educated person. Our advisors attend to the details of students' academic lives, both inside and outside of the classroom. UESP students will begin working with an advisor during START. That person may ultimately be assigned as your student's advisor, or he/she may be assigned a different advisor in the fall.

How often does my student need to meet with an advisor? When should they schedule an appointment?

UESP students are required to meet with an advisor once every quarter. If they choose to do so, they may certainly meet with us more than once a term, but all UESP students have at least one mandatory advising appointment per term. Students should be scheduling their appointments well in advance of their priority registration date for the quarter. A good general timeframe, that is easily remembered, centers around these dates: Halloween, Valentine's Day, and Cinco de Mayo.

How can I help my student get the most out of their advising appointments?

Being undecided can come with its own set of anxieties, and students need support as they work their way through the decision making process. Understand that this process can take longer for some students than others. The best way to support your student is to encourage them to be active in the process (e.g. sampling a variety of classes and talking to professors and/or advisors in academic areas that interest them) and to see a UESP advisor every term. Encourage them to schedule a timely appointments. Ask them to consider and reflect on how their current courses might influence their major decision making. Ask them to think about what they enjoy, what they dislike, what areas excite their interests, which areas fit well with their values, and which do not. A key aspect of effective decision making is very dependent on information gathering. UESP and OSU can provide students with many helpful resources, but we are obviously not the only source. We often talk to our students about using their family network to get informational interviews. If a student takes an interest in a career or academic area, often the family may have an acquaintance who pursued that profession or major. A conversation with that person can provide the student with valuable insight. Finally, engage with them in the process of weighing their thoughts and options, so that when they come in to discuss these ideas with us, they have begun to formultate certain opinions and questions.

How long can my student stay in UESP?

UESP does not impose a deadline on our students; we want them to go through the process of deciding on a major at the pace that is best for them. Many UESP students declare at the end of the first year or the beginning of the second year, but some declare as early as a couple weeks into the term. Certain majors on campus are very restrictive with access to their classes and many of these areas also often involve sequential course work, so depending on the major(s) under consideration, we may move a student more quickly through the exploration and decision making process. The general rule is: When the student feels ready, they declare. There is one specific limitation though, a student can't graduate from OSU with a UESP major, so eventually a student will need to choose an acdemic path.

Where are the various advising offices located on campus?

COLLEGE LOCATION PHONE
Agricultural Sciences Strand Agriculture Hall 137 737-2211
Business Bexell Hall 214 737-3716
Earth, Ocean, & Atmospheric Sciences Wilkinson Hall 102 737-1201
Engineering Batcheller 151 737-5236
Forestry Peavy Hall 248
737-0833
Public Health & Human Sciences Milam Hall 216 737-8900
Liberal Arts Gilkey 213 737-0561
Science (incl. Pre-Pharmacy) Kidder Hall 128 737-4811

If my student is undecided -- how do they know which math course to take?

OSU requires that every student take one college level math class (105 or higher) to graduate. Your student will take the math placement exam while attending a START (orientation program). This test will give the advisors a good idea of where an individual should begin his or her studies of mathematics at OSU. The chart on page 16 of the 2013-2014 UESP Handbook graphically depicts the different pathways that students can take and is followed by a description of the courses and their corresponding majors.

MTH 065 & 095 are pre-college level math classes that may be recommended for students to take in order for them to be successful in higher level math courses. If available, MTH 103 serves the same population as MTH 095.
MTH 105 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics: Course meets requirement for Bacc. Core, but does not prepare students for the higher math required by some majors. Appropriate for most Liberal Arts majors if the student is willing to take foreign language classes through the second year, or demonstrate equivalent proficiency in a second language.
MTH 111 College Algebra: The foundation course for most future math classes. Once qualified for Bacc Core level math, this is the safest bet if the student is unsure about a major.
MTH 112 Elementary Functions: Necessary for some majors and to continue on to Calculus.
MTH 241 Calculus for Management and Social Science & MTH 245 Mathematics for Management, Life and Social Sciences: Required if pursuing a business major. Can be taken out of order.
MTH 231 & 232 Elements of Discrete Mathematics: Required for computer science majors.
MTH 251, 252, 253, 254 Calculus: MTH 251 & 252 are required for all science & engineering majors. Many of these majors require further math coursework beyond this listing.
MTH 211, 212, 390: Foundations of Elementary Mathematics: Intended for those interested in teaching elementary school. Dependent on major, all or a portion of the series may be required.

Where can my student get urgent or emergency medical care after hours?

During regular business hours:
Student Health Services in the Plageman Student Health Center on Memorial between Monroe and Campus Way, directly across from Weniger Hall.

Students can see a doctor, get routine laboratory work performed, and receive prescriptions through this service. Services are covered through student fees.

There are two urgent care facilities in Corvallis. They are:
Samaritan Urgent Care Center (approximately 1.5 miles from campus)
5234 SW Philomath Boulevard (Safeway shopping center)
(541) 768-4970
Hours: 8:00am to 9:00pm weekdays, 9:00am to 6:00pm Saturdays, and 10:00am to 6:00pm Sundays
Payment: Insurance is honored. Uninsured students will be asked to pay at the time of service.

Corvallis Clinic Immediate Care (approximately 3 miles from campus)
3680 NW Samaritan Drive (near the hospital, in north Corvallis)
(541)754-1282
Hours: 8:00am to 8:00pm weekdays and 10:00am to 5:00pm weekends and holidays
Payment: Insurance is honored. Uninsured students will be asked to pay at the time of service.

In a true after hours life-threatening emergency, your student should be taken to:
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center Emergency Room
3600 NW Samaritan Drive
(541) 768-5111 (hospital switchboard)
The Emergency Room is open 24 hours a day.
Insurance information will be collected at the time of admission.

How can I stay informed about campus-wide emergencies at OSU?

If there is a campus wide emergency, the University will institute an emergency response plan. That plan differs depending on the relative severity and threat of the crisis. There are three levels of emergency, and three modes of response. Any emergency will be prominently announced on the OSU Homepage. If you would like to read about the emergency plans that the university has in place, visit the Emergency Preparedness website.

How can I contact my student in the event of a family emergency?

If you have a critical need to reach your student and your attempts at reaching them through their personal phone number fails, you may contact one of the following agencies for assistance (depending on the critical nature of the emergency):

If your concern is urgent, occurs during working hours, but is not critical, contact our Office of the Dean of Student Life at (541) 737-8748.

If your concern is urgent, but not critically time sensitive and it is after office hours, contact the Department of Public Safety and Oregon State Police at (541) 737-3010.

If you have an actual emergency and need to contact the Department of Public Safety and Oregon State Police for immediate response, similar to a 911 call, you should call (541) 737-7000.

Questions about billing?

If you would like to learn more about the billing process and schedule, and see options for payment methods, visit the Student Finance section of the Business Affairs website.

What is the best resource for my student to look at in searching for a part-time job?

Career Services houses listings of jobs being advertised for students via Beaver JobNet. We would encourage you to remind your student of this service as it is a resource for both "work study" and regular student employment jobs located both on and off campus. They will need their ONID email address to log in.

How does the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affect my access to information about my student?

FERPA is federal legislation which restricts access to student information. If you need information about your student, your best course of action is to ask your student directly. Your student is free to give you any information that she or he wants.
If you call an OSU office with a question about your student, they may explain the policy or Academic Regulation that might affect your student, but they cannot discuss your student.
If you feel that your situation is unique, and it is critical to your student's safety or protection that you talk with somebody about your student, please direct your calls to the Registrar's Office at (541) 737-4331, and explain that you would like to discuss a FERPA concern.

How can I find out about what events are taking place/upcoming at OSU? Where can I get tickets?

The campus community would love to have you as a guest at athletic, cultural, community, or arts events sponsored by OSU. If you are interested in seeing what is being offered, and how to obtain tickets, please follow these links: Athletics, Memorial Union Program Council (MUPC) events or consult the Campus Events Calendar.

What resources should I keep in mind, in the event my student asks me for help and/or direction with an academic situation?

Students call home for advice. Research shows that the first place college students turn when they need advice or direction is usually home. Here are some topics that you can discuss with your student, to help her or him utilize resources that are in place and waiting for them at OSU:

Advising Sessions. Every UESP student meets with their academic advisor once each quarter. During that time discussion focuses on major exploration, academic success, and course selection. Feel free to ask your student about their advising experience.

Professors. Research shows that students who interact with their professors one-on-one, tend to have a stronger commitment to class attendance, feel more comfortable asking for additional help, and are less reluctant to ask for special considerations when absences cannot be prevented. Has your student met with their professors yet?

Writing Center. If your student is struggling with putting finishing touches on a writing assignment, or does not know where to begin, there is a place where any student can get help with any writing assignment for any class, practically any time. The Writing Center located on the first floor of Waldo Hall is staffed by trained writing tutors, and is a very valuable resource for many students. Appointments are recommended, especially during high need times.

Academic coaching. If your student needed individual help getting in shape, you might suggest a personal fitness trainer. Why not a personal academic coach? The Academic Success Center employs trained para-professional academic coaches who work, by appointment, with any student to improve their academic performance. Common topics include time management, study skills, test preparation, or procrastination. If your student seems to need more structure, or stronger study skills, suggest they visit the Academic Success Center in Waldo 102.

The Collaborative Learning Center in Valley Library. Tutors have been around as long as learning. Group tutoring provides a small, interactive environment for students to discuss and rehearse challenging course materials. The Collaborative Learning Center, located on the main floor of the Valley Library, just behind the main circulation desk, offers many opportunities for small group tutoring, especially in the math and sciences areas. If this is a need or a concern for your student, encourage them to stop by and see if there is a group for their specific class.

Educational Opportunity Program. The EOP office, located at 337 Waldo Hall, is a unique form of support for traditionally underrepresented populations such as persons of color, persons from rurally isolated communities, single parents, or non-traditional returning students among others. If you feel your student could benefit from a little extra academic support and encouragement, suggest that they explore what EOP might have to offer them.

Resident Assistants. Every residence hall has Resident Assistants living in the same space as students. Resident Assisttants are para-professionals trained to guide, influence, and refer students to campus resources. If your student has a question and doesn't know where to turn, asking a Resident Assistant would probably a good first move.

Never stop reminding... No matter how intelligent, prepared, or motivated your student is to achieve in college, chances are much better that success will occur if your student stays healthy. Often times that is as simple as eating well, sleeping enough, and remembering to MOVE! Continue to remind your student that their health is important, and encourage healthy habits.

For general information for parents and family members of OSU students, you may also want to visit OSU's campus-wide Parent & Family website.