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Advisement for Open Option Students

Role of the Assistant Dean as Academic Adviser:

  • Coordinates The Open Options Program and serves as one of the academic advisers for HSS Open Options

  • offers advice on course selection, assists with registration and facilitates entry in a major

  • establishes and evaluates academic goals

  • assists in understanding and navigating college policies and procedures

  • connects students with other college programs and resources

  • provides two types of advising: one-on-one and group advising

One-on-One Advising

  • prior to each registration cycle: review schedule, course load, update Four Year Sequence Planner/ Academic Advising Report/What If Report
  • throughout the semester: explore career goals, provide most updated brochures and fliers from prospective departments
  • recommend that they meet with department chairs and/or pre-major advisers in their prospective department
  • recommend that they meet with staff members in the Career Center to discuss and review career possibilities and goals

Group Advising

Group advising occurs during the  HSS 99 Open Option Orientation class. Each orientation class has an instructor and a Peer Adviser. The course instructor is the Assistant Dean, who typically teaches two  sections. The Assistant Dean coordinates all sections and prepares all course material for the Instructors and for the  Peer Advisers.

Role of Peer Advisers

In addition to an instructor, each class section also has a peer adviser. The peer adviser, an upper-level fellow student, provides an additional source of knowledge and the experience of being a student who entered TCNJ as Open Option in Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) and successfully made the transition to a Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) major or majors. In class, the instructor and peer adviser serve as facilitators, guiding students through the readings, class discussions, group activities, and assignments. Peer advisers also serve as mentors and assist students in selecting courses prior or during a registration cycle.