By Brent Spivey
The Bronco Advising Center (BAC) has your back when it comes to registration and financial aid questions; however, when it comes to semester conversion, academic resources are one of the best facilitators of information.
Formerly known as One-Stop Student Services, BAC rebranded itself last summer to provide a wide variety of services to promote enrollment clarity.
Despite sitting within close vicinity of the BAC office, second-year hospitality student Campbelle Howland was still unclear of what the office did.
She reached out to her academic advisor to work on her MyPlanner, but Howland is still concerned about graduating on time.
The BAC plays a part in aiding Associated Students, Inc. and the Office of Student Success in creating workshops to better prepare students for semester conversion.
BAC advisors recommend that students should attend workshops that cover the upcoming semester conversion. The next student workshop is going to be held on Oct. 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Bronco Student Center’s Ursa Minor room.
Something to think about before advising: Course sequences should be taken into account when planning your last two quarters of curriculum before the conversion.
Sequences are meant to help make for an easy semester transition, but bridge and cap courses are being developed by departments to help finish course options that students started in the quarter system.
The BAC posts regularly on Twitter and various other platforms to reach out to students. They also have a YouTube channel as a source for tutorials, but not many students have been turning to the videos for information.
Here’s a tip: Take advantage of the online resources, while they are so readily available.
The wireless Internet access on campus has been faulty lately, so set up social media notifications and familiarize yourself with the BAC website before more updates surface in the next few months.
Even though fifth-year mechanical engineering student Andres Cardona is off social media, he utilizes peer discussion, semester conversion and graduation specific emails.
“Social media is unfavorable, currently, because of excessive information and that’s overwhelming,” Cardona said.
Allowing notifications are a great way to bypass irrelevant social media information.
Many students are curious about how their undergraduate experience is going to change, so quarter to semester information guides were created and will be provided at workshops.
After meeting with his advisor, first-year aerospace engineering student Bradley Vuu expressed comfort with the semester conversion process.
“My academic advisor discussed with me what I will need for winter quarter, how to update MyPlanner and roadmap sequences,” Vuu said.
The BAC would also like to highlight a handbook that is currently in production and will be released in the upcoming months.
The handbook will provide general information about financial aid and tuition.
The BAC is located on the second floor in the CLA building next to the Registrar’s Office.
Student Success Ambassadors can also be found in the Knowledge Center on the second floor of the University Library.
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The Bronco Advising Center is located on the second floor of the CLA
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