The Department of Interior Design and Fashion Studies (IDFS) is dedicated to providing effective and quality advising to students as a necessary component of their educational experience. Academic advising is most influential when the advisee plays an active role. The relationship between advisor and advisee is a shared responsibility. Though the student is responsible for the choices they make in the Department of Interior Design and Fashion Studies (IDFS) at Kansas State University, IDFS realizes that in order to make informed decisions, students will need the mentoring and advice of an academic advisor and others within the department/college. Ultimately, every student is accountable for determining and molding his or her own education. The advisor is there primarily to assist the advisee in planning and successfully pursuing academic goals and objectives. The academic advisor is your main resource regarding any academic issues, supportive tools, opportunities, student services and/or programs.
Advisor and Student Services Coordinator
Who are Academic Advisors?
- Teachers – who empower students to take responsibility for their academic success.
- Mentors – who work with students to reach their goals.
- Guides – who help students navigate their college experience.
- Resources – who serve as a point of contact and refer students to campus services.
- Experts - who help students understand the university, its programs and curricular requirements, related learning opportunities.
- Advocates – who comply with FERPA and disability policies to protect students’ privacy and rights.
Academic Advising Learning Outcomes
- Knowledge – demonstrate a working knowledge of degree requirements, career options, campus resources, and enrichment activities.
- Critical thinking – demonstrate the ability to identify goals, construct short-term and long-term plans, respond and adapt to changing situations, interpret degree requirements, make complex decisions, solve problems, and evaluate actions.
- Communication – demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
- Diversity – demonstrate awareness and understanding of the skills necessary in order to live and work in a diverse world.
- Academic and Professional integrity – demonstrate awareness and understanding of the ethical and professional standards of the university, academic discipline, and profession.
- Get to know your advisor
- Work with an advisor to develop and implement short-term and long-term academic, personal and/or career goals.
- Discuss the following: goal setting, campus involvement opportunities, changing majors, time management, study tips, adding minor/certificate/secondary major, career planning/life after graduation.
- Utilize your advisor when academic or personal challenges arise.
- Familiarize yourself with requirements for your major by utilizing the information given to you by your advisor and the Degree Audit Report System (DARS) in KSIS. Remain informed of progress in meeting academic requirements.
- Schedule and keep appointments with your advisor. Attend appointments prepared by bringing appropriate materials, identifying course choices from requirements of the preferred program or major, and identifying questions to address.
- Know academic policies and procedures, academic calendar deadlines, and degree or program requirements
- Tell your advisor if you have any special needs or require any learning accommodations.
- Understand the enrollment requirements needed for your financial aid, scholarship, or international status.
- Check your email on a regular basis. You will be responsible for reading any messages sent to your K-State email account which will be used to disseminate information from your advisor.
- Help students set both short-term and long-term education and career goals.
- Prepare students for graduation by discussing the degree requirements of their department, help with strategic course selections to minimize the number of semesters required for graduation, and inform students of opportunities in their field of study.
- Maintain reasonable hours and methods of availability for students. Students should be able to set up appointments for an adequate amount of time to discuss goals and career choices, make curricular selections, and answer other questions.
- Refer students to appropriate campus resources.
- Inform students how to change college and/or departments and provide information to explain the process students follow to enroll in their curriculum and to drop or add courses during the semester.
If you have any questions regarding the advising process or are unclear about the advising services available in the Department of Interior Design and Fashion Studies (IDFS) at Kansas State University, you should contact the advisor/student services coordinator, Hannah Schuh, at 785-532-1320 or firstname.lastname@example.org