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There are many resources available at Western to help you transition to campus. If you transferred from a community college, some of those resources might not have been available. Western provides numerous programs and activities to make the transition to campus as smooth as possible.

University Writing Center

The University Writing Center is a place where everyone can go to work on writing projects. Tutors are available to help you proofread and edit your papers as well as work with you on every stage in the writing process, from finding a topic, through invention, research, and drafting, to revising and editing.

Tutoring

This resource is offered by the Academic Services Program in the University Advising and Academic Services Center (UAASC) as well as many other departments on campus. Visit the website for more information about tutoring opportunities.

The University Counseling Center (UCC)

The University Counseling Center provides free personal, academic, and career counseling services to all students. They also offer a wide variety of educational life enhancement programs with topics such as study skills, sexual assault prevention, alcohol/substance abuse and other issues.

Advising Differences

If you are transferring to Western Illinois University from a community college, you may notice some differences in the structure of academic advising. At a community college, the focus of advising was probably on graduating with an Associate’s Degree or learning the program requirements for transferring to a four year institution. It is possible that as a student at a community college, you might not have utilized your advising resources.

Like community college advising, advisors at a four year institution focus on the basics, such as what is a credit, how do you create a class schedule, how should you manage your time, etc. In addition to the basics, advisors work with students in a developmental capacity. Developmental advisors recognize the importance of interactions between the student and the campus environment, focus on the whole person and works with the student at that person's own life stage of development. Thus advisors need to be aware of other things going in your life because of the impact they may have on your success in college.

It is important to schedule your first appointment with your academic advisor within the first three to four weeks of the semester depending on your major. An advising hold is placed on your account and you are not able to register until this hold has been lifted. You must meet with you advisor the minimum amount of times before he or she will lift the hold.

Adapted from:

King, M.C. (2002). Community college advising. Retrieved July 14, 2008 from NACADA Clearinghouse of Academic Advising Resources Web site

King, M. C. (2005). Developmental academic advising. Retrieved July 14, 2008, from NACADA Clearinghouse of Academic Advising Resources Web site