Academic advising assists students in selecting courses, enhancing academic performance, setting academic goals and planning for timely graduation. Academic advising also helps students understand and interpret academic policies and guidelines. Each semester, students are required to meet with their academic advisors to discuss course selection and to receive a RAC (Registration Access Control) number. Students are then responsible for registering for courses online.
All first-year, new transfer undergraduate students, and IEP risers are assigned to the Academic Advising Center (AAC) for advising. Scholarship students are required to seek advising from the AAC based on their scholarship defined major.
When a student completes 60 credits of undergraduate coursework, s/he is required to declare a major. All declared students are assigned a faculty advisor based on the student’s major and advisor’s availability. If a declared student is on academic probation, s/he is advised by the AAC until s/he returns to Good Standing. Major Declaration forms are submitted to the AAC, forwarded to the relevant academic department and processed by the Registrar’s Office. Scholarship students are required to declare their major in accordance with their scholarship defined major.
Student Learning Outcomes
Through their academic advising experience at the AUK, students will:
- Demonstrate the ability to make effective decisions concerning their degree and career goals;
- Develop an educational plan for successfully achieving their goals and select courses each semester to progress toward fulfilling that educational plan;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the value of the general education requirements;
- Use the resources and services on campus to assist them in achieving their academic, personal and career goals;
Good advising programs do not just happen. They are the result of carefully developed institutional plans and commitments to improving advising services for students (Noel-Levitz). Therefore, the advising program at the American University of Kuwait is modeled after the core values, standards and guidelines established by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).