University Advising partners with students, parents, and the community to facilitate autonomy, foster independence, and develop opportunities to engage in and refine the academic advising experience.
Engage. Refine. Advise. The three key ways we will partner with you for success at Texas Tech.
University Advising (TTUA) serves by design as Texas Tech’s university academic advising unit. As a department, University Advising engages in several important student recruitment, transition, and retention initiatives:
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.
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 coordinates with IT Services to host eight computer workstations with a wepa printer across the hall.
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).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. 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:
See the PreEngineering website for more information about this program.