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Academic Advisement


Mission Statement

The College of Health and Human Services is committed to educating and preparing human service professionals to become innovative practitioners and leaders. The College promotes the integration of teaching, research, policy, and public service in an interdisciplinary context. Knowledge, skill, and caring provide the foundation for educating a diverse workforce of the future who effectively serves multicultural urban communities. The College strives to be student-centered, faculty and staff focused, and community minded.

Associate Dean

The primary role of the Associate Dean is to provide effective and ongoing leadership in the areas of academic and student affairs at the graduate and undergraduate level for the College, including oversight of the advisement process involving student progression and retention in the academic programs of the Schools and Departments within the College.

The Office of the Associate Dean serves as a resource for faculty advisors and students on advisement issues and university policies.  It is the primary point of contact for prospective students and for students with general questions on academic programs. Students may make appointments as needed with the Associate Dean. 

Contact Information

Associate Dean: Eleanor Ferguson-Marshalleck, Ph.D.
Location:  Fine Arts - Room # 130
Phone:     (323) 343-4600
College Website:

College of Health & Human Services Advisement Center

Fine Arts 238
(323) 343-5500

Hours of operation: 
Monday-Thursday                           8 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday                                              8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Pre-Criminal Justice
Gabriel Reyes
M-R 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM, F 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
(323) 343-5508

Indira Velasquez
M-F 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
(323) 343-5502


Advising and University Resources

For information regarding other campus advising resources, including the University Academic Advisement Center, go to the UAAC website:  The UAAC can be particularly helpful in dealing with undergraduate General Education requirement and articulation issues. For a brief explanation of services of UAAC, click here.


Schools and Department Academic Advisement

Students should go to their respective School or Department for academic advisement in the major. The advisement procedures are outlined in the individual advisement plan for the Schools and Departments within the College of Health and Human Services. Please refer to the Academic Advisement Syllabus for each School and Department in the following list.

College of Health and Human Services Schools and Departments Academic Advisement Syllabi

Department of Child and Family Studies Syllabus

Department of Communication Disorders Syllabus

Department of Health Science Syllabus

School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics Syllabus

School of Kinesiology and Nutritional Science - Exercise Science Syllabus

School of Kinesiology and Nutritional Science - Food Science and Technology Syllabus

School of Kinesiology and Nutritional Science - Kinesiology Syllabus

School of Kinesiology and Nutritional Science - Nutritional Science Syllabus

School of Nursing Syllabus

School of Social Work Syllabus


Seeing an advisor in the Major

  1. Call, email or visit the School or Department main office to schedule an appointment. 
  2. Cancellations - if you know you will not be able to keep your appointment, please call the office as soon as possible to cancel or reschedule.


Preparing for Your Advisement Session

  1. If you wish to discuss your academic plan please review and bring your Unofficial Transcript from your GET account and bring a list of questions/concerns to your advisement appointment.  If your transcripts have not been evaluated in GET, bring copies of your unofficial transcripts from other schools you have attended.

  2. If you are meeting with an advisor to talk about policies, procedures, or requirements, do your homework first by reviewing the information provided in the General Catalog, Schedule of Classes and/or on your School or Department website.

  3. If you are experiencing academic problems, give some thought to what you believe are causing these problems and have a tentative plan for solving them.  The advisor will discuss your situation with you and identify some interventions and strategies for success. 


Expectations of Students

  1. Achieve academic program objectives by proactively seeking information from and meeting at least quarterly with your major advisor.

  2. Meet with a faculty advisor whenever you have a question regarding your academic plans, your academic progress, career objectives, or regarding your post-graduation plans.

  3. Prepare for your advisement session in order to make your time with an advisor more productive.

    1. If you have questions about general education requirements or general education course selection, bring a list of questions or courses you are interested in taking.  Bring a copy of the General Education Program (available in the back of the Schedule of Classes).

    2. You are required to bring your Unofficial Transcript from your GET account when meeting with an advisor.

    3. If you are meeting with an advisor to talk about university policies, procedures, or requirements, do your homework first by reviewing the information provided in the catalog or on the web at

    4. Be prepared to clearly explain the reason for your appointment; e.g., course requirements, graduation checks, course substitutions, etc.

    5. Bring a copy of the School or Department Roadmaps to Graduation that applies to you (freshmen/transfer).  Print copy from the School or Department website.

  4. Be familiar with what is reflected in your Academic Report located at the bottom of your Unofficial Transcripts available to you via your GET account.

  5. If you receive a letter from the university concerning graduation, reinstatement or readmission, and you have questions pertaining to the correspondence, you must bring the letter with you to your advisement appointment.  The advisor will be unable to assist you without the letter.  

  6. Be aware of School or Department & University Deadlines:

    1. Understand the graduation application process and requirements.

    2. Graduation check filing dates: these are in the published schedule of classes and posted in the department office.  Each student has the responsibility of filing a graduation check two quarters before the anticipated quarter they intend to graduate.  You must bring your PAID graduation application with you to your grad check appointment. Please check filing dates in the Schedule of Classes.

  7. Maintain accurate and complete advising records; bring your records with you to each advisement appointment. Please make copies of all documents you turn in to different departments, i.e. graduation applications, course petitions, academic renewal forms, etc.

  8. Visit instructors during office hours for additional information and assistance.


Expectations of Advisors

Advisors in the College of Health and Human Services are expected to do the following in their advisement sessions with students:


Expected Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will understand their personal responsibility for their own academic, personal and professional success.

  2. Students will understand what they need to do to complete the requirements for their undergraduate degree.

  3. Students will have an awareness of how to utilize the necessary information, resources, and available options to make sound educational and lifelong decisions.


Key Considerations for Academic Success

  1. Go to class every day and get to know your professors.

  2. Understand the policies, procedures, and impact academically and financially for dropping classes within or beyond the no record drop period.

  3. Plan and devote enough study time to do as well as you can in your classes.

  4. Have good study habits and get academic assistance early if needed.

  5. Always confirm information given by fellow students with your advisor before incorporating it into your academic plan.

  6. Track courses by utilizing GET Academic Advisement Report, the School or Department Program Sheet in the major and the Roadmaps to Graduation.

  7. If you have personal circumstances that make it difficult to ensure your academic success, please notify your advisor and seek appropriate assistance.  The earlier you seek assistance the earlier we can intervene to make adjustments in your academic plans to assure completion of your degree objective.


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Last Update: 6/11/2014