Certificate in Academic Advising

Certificate Requirements

This is a six-course program, including two core competency courses and four electives. Program participants will earn the certificate upon completion of the six courses and attendance at one of the Academic Advising Coordinating Council advisor workshops. All courses will be offered through Career Development and Training; participants may register for the courses through their website: http://www.hr.uga.edu/training

Core Competencies

Anatomy of a UGA degree
The core curriculum, sharing in Degree Works, UGA and Regents graduation requirements, minors, certificate programs, double majors, dual degrees, interpreting transfer credit, and graduation
Excellence in Academic Advising
Philosophy and methods of academic advising, developmental stages of our students, the student mind, working with parents, advising syllabi, assessment of advising, preventing burnout, NACADA resources
Introduction to Degree Works
This course will train you on how to maneuver within DegreeWorks, how to read the Audit, and provide an overview of additional functionality within the system. This course is taught by the Registrar's office.

Any two of these courses are required for completion of the certificate.


Career Center Connections for Academic Advisors
Undecided students, Career Center resources, services, and events, what a Career Consultant does and how to respond to common students' questions, includes a tour of the Career Center and the option to take the online career assessments
Legal Issues in Academic Advising
General legal information for UGA employees, specific advice for advisors, FERPA, Open Records, e-mail, non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies
Advising Transfer Students
This course will provide information about UGA undergraduate transfer students, including the application process, transfer course evaluation, nontransferable courses, the UGA Write-In Course Policy, and University System of Georgia policies related to Core-to-Core transfer. In addition, "transfer shock" adjustment issues and ways to avoid them will be discussed. The course format will be presentation and discussion.
Just-In-Time Intervention
Factors that contribute to academic difficulty, motivating students to find solutions, resources for at-risk students
Disability Awareness for Academic Advisors
Disability-related awareness, student vs. institutional responsibilities, campus and community resources, creating a welcoming environment, disability-related advisor concerns
Franklin College FYI!
Franklin College degree requirements and college policies regarding probation, dismissal, readmission, appeals and waivers; Franklin website resources and pre-professional resources, includes an introduction to the SARA computerized advising system
Assisting Students in Distress
Trends in national and UGA college student mental health, common warning signs of student distress, and how to make a referral to Counseling and Psychiatric Services at the University Health Center.
Advising the Pre-professional Student
This course will cover information for advisors who work with students who are interested in law school, medical school, dental school, optometry school, vet school, or pharmacy school.
Study Abroad: You Set the Tone
An overview of UGA study abroad programs, designed for advisors and faculty
This is already offered as part of the global certificate program and could be used to satisfy both certificate programs.
Advising Essentials for the Faculty Advisor
This course is designed specifically for faculty advisors in the Franklin College and will focus on issues that are common in upper-division advising. The instructors will present a succinct overview of Franklin and University graduation requirements, and discuss many of those concerns common among departmental advisors. The course format will be both presentation and discussion.

Frequently Asked Questions

How and when can I register for the courses?
Participants can register for courses at http://www.hr.uga.edu/training
Are the courses open to non-advisors?
All of the courses are open to all UGA employees.
What cost is associated with the program?
The courses and the Academic Advising Coordinating Council advisor workshops are free of charge.
Do I need to be in the certificate program to take the courses?
No, you may take as many or as few courses as you like. If you choose to complete the certificate later, you may include the courses you have already taken.
Who will track the courses I have completed?
Harriett Gunter: hgunter {at} uga dt edu