Welcome Back and Pilot Announcement

Welcome back, Advisors!

I hope you enjoyed a restful spring break and have a wonderful start of the term!

As you know, last fall we launched several initiatives to support UO’s student success goals, of which many of the initiatives were in consultation and collaboration with campus advisors. One such initiative was to develop an “Advising Syllabus” and an “Academic Advising Preparatory Worksheet” for use with all students who are in their first year at the University of Oregon. This term, the Office of Academic Advising, as well as advisors in Business, Education Studies, and General Social Science departments will be piloting the syllabus and worksheet.

Both documents are designed to help students better understand how campus advisors can help them advance their goals, as well as to help connect students to the multitude of available campus opportunities and resources. We also hope these documents can support advisors by outlining expectations for students and by encouraging students to more effectively utilize advising sessions by preparing in advance.

These documents will be available in hardcopy in the piloting units’ offices, and the documents will also be linked and accessible on the student menu of DuckWeb.  Since you will likely encounter students who have been advised in the units piloting the syllabus, we wanted to ensure you were aware of this plan and its intent.  For your reference, the (downloadable) University of Oregon Advising Syllabus Spring includes the pilot syllabus and worksheet.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the pilot, please don’t hesitate to contact Dana Glasscock (dglassco@uoregon.edu), who is assisting with the pilot implementation and assessment.


All the best,

Doneka R. Scott, PharmD, MA

Associate Vice Provost for Student Success

Department Updates Fall 2016

School of Journalism

Changes to the Media Studies minor; in effect Fall 2016 and later:

The minor is still 24 credits. However, instead of one required course (J201) and five elective courses chosen from a specific list, the minor is now two required courses (J201, J314) and four elective courses chosen from a specific list. See http://journalism.uoregon.edu/minor for more details.
J201 is offered every term. J314 is slated to be offered every fall. However, to help the transition, it will be offered in Spring 2017. Most the elective courses only have J201 and MEST minor status as prerequisites.
Students who declared the minor before the first day of Fall 2016 (Sept. 26, 2016) can still complete the older version of the minor. Any student who declared the minor Sept. 26 or later must complete the new version, even if they started the minor coursework prior to fall term. Contact sojcadvising@uoregon.edu with questions.

Psychology Department

Starting Fall 2016 psychology major and minor have a new curriculum

Psychology majors are required to complete 56 total credit hours (48 upper division, 16@ UO) in a more progressive curriculum that emphasizes coursework in psychology. Majors are required to:

  • Take Math 243 as a pre-requisite to PSY302  (Math 111 no longer acceptable)
  • Score a C or better in introductory courses (PSY201 and PSY202).
  • Majors are required to take at least 3 CORE courses at the 300 level (including at least one from Cog/Bio area)
  • Take three 400-level specialty courses of their choice (breadth no longer imposed at this level)
  • 12 credits of BI/CH/PHYS/BIOCHEM are no longer required.

Psychology minors are required to complete 28 total credit hours (20 upper division, 16@ UO) in a curriculum that emphasizes breadth across areas of psychology. Psych minors are required to:

  • Take at least 3 CORE courses at the 300 level, instead of the 400 level coursework previously required.
  • Take PSY301 and PSY302 (PSY 303 and higher coursework is no longer required).

More details available here or, contact Jagdeep Bala, Head advisor at jagdeep@uoregon.edu.

Department and Program Updates FA2016

Human Physiology Updates: November 29, 2016

Starting Summer 2017, HPHY will only offer the first four courses of the full Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) sequence, eliminating students’ ability to complete the year’s worth of academics in 12 weeks time.  The dates for summer term offerings are:

  • HPHY 321 – June 26 – Aug 4
  • HPHY 322 – June 26 – Aug 4
  • HPHY 323 – Aug 7 – Sept 15
  • HPHY 324 – Aug 7 – Sept 15

For more information, contact Jen Strong, Human Physiology Advisor, at jsstrong@uoregon.edu

DuckWeb Updates: Sept. 15, 2016

Students are now able to declare a BA or BS on DuckWeb.  Students can also change (add, update or remove) their Professional Objective on DuckWeb.  Professional Objectives can be found on the top of the Degree Guide.  Students can have three professional objectives.  They are used by some departments as a way to find a specific population of students for communication and outreach purposes.  Students can also change Ethnicity and Race on this form as well.