The Office of Academic Services facilitates student learning beyond the classroom by offering a variety of academic support services to help students develop the knowledge base, skills, and strategies they need to become effective, independent learners.
Each undergraduate and graduate student is assigned an academic advisor with whom the student is expected to meet with regularly.. The academic advisor, along with the Office of Academic Services, will serve as the student’s primary channel for academic advising and support, and career counseling. Students are expected to obtain approval from their academic advisor before registering for or dropping courses.
Additionally, each undergraduate student will be assigned a faculty member from the student’s major department to advise on arts-related issues. A reassignment of major advisor may occur due to changes in the faculty or upon request by the student. Major advisors are responsible for coordinating the preparation and evaluation of all senior projects and junior and senior recitals.
Meanwhile, each graduate student will be assigned a faculty member from the student’s graduate department to advise on arts-related issues. A reassignment of graduate advisor may occur due to changes in the faculty or upon request by the student. Graduate advisors are responsible for coordinating the preparation and evaluation of all graduate projects and graduation recitals.
All placement testing at Fei Tian College is administered by the Office of Academic Services with assistance from the Office of Admissions and Records. The College offers incoming students placement testing for two general purposes: (1) to determine a student’s level of proficiency in a subject in order to place him or her into an appropriate level course; and (2) to determine what kind of remedial instruction, if any, a student may need in order to make the scheduled academic progress. Placement testing is not used to award academic credit.
Undergraduate placement testing is offered in the subjects of English, English as a Second Language (ESL), Chinese, and math. The English placement test is offered to determine whether a student is in need of remedial English instruction, while the ESL placement test is offered to place a student in the appropriate level course in ESL or remedial English. The math placement test is offered to students who are interested in taking calculus, to assess their readiness for the course.
Graduate placement testing may be administered in a variety of subjects to students during their period of initial enrollment at the College, upon the request of the academic advisor.
Academic Skills Workshops
The Office of Academic Services organizes tutorials and workshops on a variety of topics such as time management, textbook skills, test taking, test preparation, memorization strategies, learning styles, critical thinking skills, writing, and note taking. Workshops may be held at the request of any student group, professor, or advisor, and can be customized to fit student needs.
Tutoring and Mentoring Programs
Faculty from the Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences offer remedial instruction in a variety of academic subjects to students in need of additional support.
Tutors are qualified faculty and staff members that offer course-specific tutoring. Individual and group learning sessions are available at no cost to enrolled students. Students may be referred to the tutorial service by their academic advisor or a course instructor. Students may also request a tutor at the Office of Academic Services. Course instructors are informed of such requests.
Peer mentors are high-scoring students trained to help newer students develop academic skills. Peer mentors are available to all students for informal consultation. Students interested in becoming mentors or seeking mentors should sign up at the Office of Academic Services.
The Office of Academic Services provides assistance to students who wish to transfer out to other institutions. The students bear responsibility, however, for ensuring that the transfer-in institutions will accept credits for courses taken at Fei Tian College.
Career and Professional Support
The Office of Academic Services provides information on career options, internships, employment, and graduate and professional school programs. Career-interest assessments are available to students to identify specific career options.
Students may request one-on-one help from staff to identify career options, prepare a comprehensive job search, polish their resumes, write effective cover letters, and prepare for job interviews. The Office also helps locate appropriate employment opportunities for students, including internships.