University Advising and its constituent programs exist to engage, equip, empower, and encourage students (and their families) to explore and excel in their educational goals and beyond.
The mission uses several e-words by design. The statement was carefully crafted to help our own team memorize, understand, and deliver, all in alignment with the Strategic Plan and Priorities defined by the university. Each element is consistently presented in our interactions and communication materials provided to students and their families, including our web site, an “advising syllabus” for our students, up to and including our own performance evaluations.
More than a nice saying or slogan, these elements of the departmental mission, all derived from the university’s own mission and vision, provide us with the opportunity to direct, execute, and assess. Every program, initiative, and student interaction is based on specific learning objectives. Each objective includes deliberate assessments of learning to provide data to guide and inform departmental decisions and ongoing quality improvement efforts.
University Advising (TTUA) serves with distinction as Texas Tech’s university academic advising unit. As a department, University Advising undertakes important student recruitment, transition, and retention initiatives via five distinct and yet closely related advising endeavors:
In summary, TTUA is most strongly motivated to continue its beneficial history of serving Texas Tech University on all matters concerning academic advising. A description, brief history, and a list of highlights for each of these important endeavors is detailed in the sections that follow.
At its inception some 20 years ago, TTUA was charged with being the contact point for academic advising at Texas Tech. For the past ten years, TTUA has consistently fulfilled its mission, carried out directives on advising, and serving as the contact point for matters dealing with university advising. As the bridge between the TTU Advising Community and Academics, Staff, and the Administration of Texas Tech, TTUA does the following:
Highlights of advising management changes at University Advising since December, 1999, include the following:
Deregulated tuition funds for advising and prelaw ($15,000)
The department created and administers four campus-wide programs in response to University and Community needs. In addition, the RRO program created by TTUA has one of the first parent programs offered at TTU.
Welcoming an average of 25,000 student visits to the 79 Holden Hall office suite each month, University Advising welcomes each and every student through its doors.
Because student issues range from finding the right classroom to finding the right major, to finding out the difference between a W, a DG, a DW, and University Withdrawal, University Advising maintains a triage advisor in the office from 7:45am to 5pm, and has developed an online Student Resource Guide, a YouTube Channel and an index of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to provide 24/7 academic guidance for students.
As in the medical field, triage is not University Advising’s ongoing method of operation, but it is vital to engaging students at their perceived point of need. Once their immediate concerns have been addressed, and their condition has “stabilized,” our advisors work to help students explore the situation to a greater level of depth to foster critical thinking, initiative, self-leadership, problem-solving, and confidence.
Initially, this approach may be labeled as prescriptive in nature, but drawing from its heritage as a part of higher education’s academic units, prescription is quickly replaced by a deliberately scaffolded curriculum, wherein the student is prompted, invited, and encouraged to enter and embrace the important cycle of learning, assessment, re-direction, and growth.
Even with its limited square footage, University Advising uses its real estate, hallway frontage, and furnishings to engage students via study carrels, bulletin boards, and collaborative spaces in the wide hallways outside University Advising facility at 79 Holden Hall.
Additionally, in the front office of the University Advising suite, the department provides and maintains nine computer workstations with paid color printing services.
Brokering campus resources includes providing numerous printed materials introducing campus resources, to personal referrals made at the student’s point of need. University Advising staff function as resource brokers to guide students toward important offices, persons, and services which aid in student persistence and overall retention.
The first component of the process is the DISCOVERY! Academic Physical, which will help you set goals, identify your specific learning style, and create study strategies that will promote optimal academic health (success). Why? Many reasons. For example, did you know that 80% of freshman and sophomore level courses are taught in the traditional lecture style format where the professor lectures and the student takes notes? The Academic Physical helps to diagnose your strengths and opportunities for growth which helps to better prepare you for this new environment.
DISCOVERY! will help you find your direction to an amazing university experience, an on-time graduation, and a future career field that will be fulfilling and rewarding.
Followed by the DISCOVERY! Major Map. Choosing a major is a big decision, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Major Map helps you find your direction by identifying your values, skills, interests, and abilities. Once you have identified your direction, you will be ready to determine which academic majors here at Texas Tech University are the best fit for you. Through a deliberate study of yourself and one-to-one meetings with an academic advisor, you will narrow the range of academic alternatives and be well-equipped to confidently pursue your educational and career goals.
Students who are interested in attending law school should begin preparing long before graduation. The discipline of law is for students who are interested in combining precision in thinking, researching, and writing with a desire to work with people. While many choose to practice law in the courtroom, many law graduates leverage their newly developed skills to excel in other fields. A law education equips students for success in a law practice, public service, teaching, and business.
Through a structured four-year process, the TTU Prelaw Program cultivates the undergraduate to become a confident and articulate law school applicant bearing exceptional qualifications. Participants will focus on the three essential areas identified by law school professionals nationwide:
To excel in these areas, students in the program will:
Prospective law students need a four-year bachelor’s degree in the academic discipline of their choice. Law schools are generally most interested in applicants who exhibit intellectual maturity and have the foundation of a broad-based liberal arts education. They consider exceptional applicants from diverse disciplines and backgrounds, often providing programs for early admission to qualified applicants.
The TTU Prelaw Program works with your major to strengthen and streamline your candidacy as a law school applicant. There are two sound routes to consider:
If you are looking for an extra boost toward your future, you should consider enrolling with other TTU Prelaw Program students as part of the Prelaw Freshman Interest Group. You can even take it one step further and live in the Prelaw Learning Community, two residence hall floors designated specifically for prelaw students.
Any student interested in attending law school can join the TTU Prelaw Program at any time ... but for the most benefit, it is best to start as soon as possible. You have the drive and you know the destination. We can help provide the direction you will need to get there.
See the PreEngineering website for more information about this program.