III. Resources Tools
i. Advising Worksheet
Below is an Advising Appointment Worksheet you can use with students during registration appointments (or to give a student to fill out before your meeting). The worksheet provides a space to plan out 3- and 12-week courses for that registration period; helps map what requirements the courses may be fulfilling; and includes a place to record the student’s Alt PIN, whether they have any holds, and other relevant registration notes.
Link to PDF Advising Worksheet
Link to Word Doc Advising Worksheet
Link to Google Doc Advising Worksheet (make copy to use or copy/paste formatting)
ii. Course Blocks
The links below illustrate the most recent course blocks for the college (updated 2019-20). These outline times dedicated to courses, collaborative time, community time, etc.
iii. Registration Information (dates, schedules, major/advisor changes, forms)
The Registrar and Student Accounts Intranet page has links to relevant info for this registration period as it becomes available. For your convenience, here’s some general information about Registration:
Registration typically lasts for a week (April for fall and November for spring).
Registration begins at a specified time for groups based on earned credit hours. (NOTE: the total number of credits listed on the degree evaluation in BannerWeb includes the current semester and, because those credits have not yet been earned, they are not used to calculate a student’s current class level):
First to register: Seniors (current earned credits 88 or greater OR students who have already earned a college degree)
Second to register: Juniors (current earned credits 56 to 87)
Third to register: Sophomore (current earned credits 24 to 55)
Last to register: First-Year (current earned credits less than 24)
All holds must be cleared before students can register.
Times refer to online registration system availability. Help using the system is available from the Registrar’s Office weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (call x2121); technical assistance is available from the Help Desk at x2020.
You can access the course schedule on BannerWeb at this link and using Course Finder at this link.
Second-Year and above students who want to change or add a major/minor/advisor can do so at anytime on BannerWeb. First-Year student must consult with their Guilford Guide to process a change. These changes will not go into effect until either the next upcoming registration period OR the next upcoming add/drop deadline.
Here is the Registrar’s page for “Registrar Information for Students”
Here is the Registrar’s page for “Registrar Information for Faculty”
Here is the Registrar’s page for “Registrar Forms” (Overload form, drop/add form, etc.)
iv. Guilford College Academic Events Calendar
In addition to the Academic Calendar, the following link shows the Google Calendar for the college’s academic events and deadlines.
Academic Events Google Calendar
v. Navigate Info
As you know, Navigate is the student success and appointment platform we use here at Guilford College. Navigate allows us to keep track of student success (grades, involvement, etc.), log student concerns (keep notes on students/appointments, open cases and alerts about students, etc.), communicate with students, and schedule meetings (appointments, drop-ins). All students should be encouraged to download Navigate. All faculty are expected to complete prompted progress reports and encouraged to utilize the various functions of the platform.
The following is a resource guide to using Navigate for issues relevant to advising (click the links to see how-to on the topic):
Holistic Care and Advising Links w/FAQs
Navigate Website Link:
Attendance Progress Reports
Coordinated Care & Advising Quick Guides:
Sending messages to students
Special Population Support
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with questions, comments, concerns, or positive/negative feedback directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or anonymously via anonymous question/comment form
vi. Course Finder
Course Finder is a tool to allow robust course searches based on course information, curricular attributes, instructor information, session, location, and much more. Use your single sign on information to login (prefix for guilford email and password).
vii. Adviser Dashboard
Adviser Dashboard (linked on Faculty/Staff resource page) is accessed using your single sign on information to login (prefix for guilford email and password).
Adviser Dashboard is a tool to allow advisers to access student information for their advisees collectively and through individual records. Importantly, the Adviser Dashboard gives primary advisors access to the Alt PINs for their advisees. (See Alt PIN section for more information). The Adviser Dashboard also displays current registration hold information.
Instructions: Adviser Dashboard Slides
Adviser Dashboard Instructions
Video Transcript: Adviser Dashboard Overview Video Transcript
viii. Banner Info
Please see below for instructions on various aspects of BannerWeb that you use as an advisor (click the links for the “how-to” guide): [NOTE: This “How-to” Guide is in progress and will be shared as soon as possible .]
- Advisor Menu
- “Term Selection”
- Be sure to select the correct term! BannerWeb will prompt you if you do not go to Term Selection first.
- “ID Selection”
- View resources for a specific student after putting in their ID.
- “Display Advisees”
- View all advisees and navigate to relevant resources from there.
- “Advisee Grade Summary”
- View all grades for all advisees at once.
- “Term Selection”
- Student View of Banner
- Course search and adding/dropping courses
- Looking up classes
- Viewing Degree Evaluation
- Viewing Holds
- Viewing Transcript
- Viewing Student Information
ix. Alt PINs
All students are assigned an Alternative PIN for registration each semester. They must enter their PIN when adding/dropping courses when their registration period opens. These PINs are assigned by the Registrar’s office shortly before the registration period begins. Students do not have access to their PINs--their primary advisors do. Advisors give out PIN numbers usually following an appointment or discussion regarding course planning for the upcoming registration period. Tying the Alt PIN to academic advising helps ensure they students are taking classes that meet requirements and selecting appropriate electives to progress towards graduation appropriately.
Alt PINs are located on the left hand column of the Adviser Dashboard. It can also be found in the “Display Advisees” list in BannerWeb. Alt PINs are unique for each term, so be sure you are viewing in the correct term in BannerWeb. Alt PINs can be given to students verbally, on their advising worksheet, via email, etc.
x. 4-Year Course Planner
The following is a 4-year planning document that can be used to forecast a list of courses leading up to a student's graduation term. This can be used in conjunction with the Degree Maps for each major also provided in this Advising Manual in section II.iii.
Link to 4-Year Course Planner (make copy to use or copy/paste formatting)
xi. Course descriptions of special topics, HPs, etc.
Each semester a new list of Special Topics, Historical Perspectives, and other courses must be generated because they do not have readily available descriptions and information in the catalog. This list is typically compiled by the Provost’s office.
The linked folder has Special Topics and HP course descriptions by semester:
Special Topics Course Descriptions Folder
xii. Athletics Practice Schedules
Guilford College student athletes have varying practice and game schedules every semester that may affect their course planning. It is an NCAA rule that a student cannot miss a class to attend a practice. Athletic teams schedule practices around class schedules but, generally speaking, earlier classes make it easier when it comes to away game departures. Here is a list of the sports actively in season in fall and spring semesters.
For more information about Guilford Athletics, visit guilfordquakers.com
xiii. Career, Academic, and Personal Exploration’s Office Operations
Career, Academic, and Personal Exploration Help Desk
Through the Career, Academic, and Personal Exploration Help Desk student workers happily assist students (or others) in the following ways:
- Answer questions about Career, Academic, and Personal Exploration or academic and career services, or refer you to a CAPE Advisor or other campus resource
- Help students with using Navigate and scheduling an appointment with a CAPE Advisor
- Help students with navigating Banner for course search, Degree Evaluation, or other academic services
- Help students with navigating the Undergraduate Catalog and Degree Maps for course planning and degree information
- Looking over and giving feedback on resumes and/or cover letters for students
- Assist students in using our career services platform, Handshake, and referring them to other career services or a CAPE Advisor
We encourage you to refer students to our help desk for these matters, and of course visit the desk yourself if you need immediate questions or assistance with anything!
You can find this information for future reference on the front page of our website, as well as lots of other helpful resources from our office. Check the website for any schedule updates and notifications about whether Career, Academic, and Personal Exploration operations are in person or virtual.