Upon admission to the University, students are assigned to an academic advisor who will assist them in making decisions about academic and career goals. You will receive notice about who your advisor is. Advising is provided by either an academic advisor or a faculty member who also has teaching responsibilities.
Advising is designed to provide students with the information and the support they need to make informed plans and decisions about your program of study and how to achieve your academic goals. You are always in charge of your education; you make the decisions. Advisors can help you to learn more about what you need to know; sort out your questions; think through your options; identify opportunities and shortcuts; avoid problems; and make your program of study right for you. Just like you might look to a lawyer for legal advice, or a financial advisor for help with investment goals, think about an advisor as your consultant for educational planning.
Make the most of your advisor. Steps in the advising process include course selection, completing a degree plan, declaring a major and completing graduation forms. A student must meet with an advisor at least twice (to write a degree plan/declare a major and graduation planning), but may meet or call every semester if needed.
|College of Health, Community and Professional Studies|
CHCPS Advising Center 651-793-1341
Deborah L. Mosby Associate Professor & Advising
William J. Payne Associate Professor & Advising
Schedule an advising appointment 651-793-1342
The alcohol and drug counseling major uses a number of Community Faculty to teach courses. These faculty have extensive clinical experience in the subject matter of the course which they are teaching
- Offices are located at the Saint Paul Campus, St. Johns Hall, second floor.
- Mailboxes for faculty and staff are located behind the reception area on the second floor of St. Johns Hall.
- Bulletin Board: there is a bulletin board with information about the alcohol and drug counseling major located on the second floor of St. Johnís Hall. It also contains announcements and recent postings about jobs that are available.
- Student e-mail accounts: each student has "NetDirect" e-mail account. To activate this account go to: student e-mail
You will need your Tech ID and Pin number to do this.
This is a student newsletter for alcohol and drug counseling majors. It is written and published each semester by the faculty and mailed to students.
Some TIPS for Academic Success
Plan Ahead, meet with your advisor early. Unfortunately, if you wait to register youíll find some classes full/closed. Advisors often schedule appointments with students 1 to 2 weeks (or even longer) in advance, so do NOT expect that you can just show up and hope to meet with your advisor.
Contact Financial Aid early, so that money is granted to you soon enough for you to register for the current semester.
Attend Class Since the alcohol and drug counseling major helps students to learn the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for future success in this field, class attendance is very important. The quality of student participation in courses not only enhances the educational experience for the student, but for other students as well. Most courses will have specific attendance policies. Even if they do not, it is understood that serious students do not miss classes. The first day of class is counted in attendance requirements. Please see the individual course syllabus for further information regarding attendance requirements.
Know Your Syllabus Remember the syllabus is the "road map" for a course. It will tell you what you need to do and when to do it. Refer to it often so you know you are staying on track.
Know Your Instructor Remember, no two instructors are exactly alike. Just because one will let you turn in your assignment late does not mean another instructor will. All instructors have the authority and autonomy to teach their courses in the way they think is best, so be aware of the instructorís expectations of you. If you do not know, then ask.
Talk to your instructors about how you are doing in the class. Ask about any difficulties you are having; about course materials or assignments you donít understand, or anything else which is affecting your performance in their classes.
Utilize Services The Writing Center, Tutoring Services, Library Services, Computer Center, and Student Affairs Office, are there to assist you in being successful, so please use them.
Take Skill-building Courses Early Completing courses like writing, math and other general education requirements will help you get ready for upper division courses in your major. Employers in the chemical dependency counseling field expect their employees to have writing skills. Therefore, students are expected to demonstrate good writing skills. Writing skills include correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, etc.
Pay Attention to Prerequisites Do not take a course if you have not taken the prerequisite course.
Work with Other Students in Class Identify a student or students who seem to understand the material well and ask to study with them, or look at their notes. Form a study group and meet each week to prepare for class and review material from past class sessions. You will be surprised how much you can learn from other students and how much they can learn from you. This is also a great way to create a support network for your academic success.
Time Commitment The faculty realize students are adults with other life responsibilities, which often include a family and a job. For many, school complicates your lives. Planning can help you to better manage your time and reduce stress. Understand that a single college credit requires about 15 classroom hours and up to an additional 30 study hours per semester. So, a four-credit course could require up to 12 hours of work per week.