Advisers explain the rules and requirements for the IS&T programs and help you figure out how they apply to your situation. Advisers prepare your records to ensure you meet all the requirements for your degree in the Final Audit process. Chairpersons of each program then approves your record.
The most useful thing advisers can do is to provide advice about what degree program, specific courses, or scheduling would be most helpful to you. They can help with difficult situations when you have a concern with your grades, course instruction, time management, scheduling conflicts, or other academic issues you might have with your courses and the program.
Advisers are not there to tell you what to do; they provide information to help you make decisions. You are responsible for any academic choices that affect your education. Talk to other students, meet with faculty whose interests parallel yours, and make use of campus resources. What you do at UNO is limited only by your imagination, your desire to do something with your education, your ability to ask the right questions, and your ability to discover who can answer those questions.
During your freshman and sophomore year, check with your advisor every semester. After that, check in with your advisor at least once per year to make sure that your record is up-to-date and to catch any problems early. We often see students who either missed a change in the requirements, or were caught by surprise because they went years without talking to an advisor.
Don't wait until the last minute to schedule an appointment to come in! The advisors have only a limited number of hours available and their schedules fill up quickly. Students are required to meet with an advisor every semester during freshman and sophomore year.
Make an appointment when you have earned 91 credit hours to review your entire academic record (Senior Audit). You must make an appointment with your advisor at the beginning of your last semester (Final Audit). These two audits should detect problems early enough to have a chance to correct them (e.g. by adding a course) before graduation is delayed. You don't want to be forced to hang around an additional semester just to take one course to meet some requirement!
Director, Academic Advisor - Junior and Senior Students & Scott Scholars
Judith Monarrez Diaz-Kelsey
Academic Advisor/Student Recruiter - Freshman and Sophomore Students