Careers and Majors
Evaluating potential courses, majors, and careers is an essential element of the University Learning course. University Learning courses include readings, class sessions, and assignments designed to assist students in these areas. All first-year students are assigned an advisor in the Advising and Career Development Center (ACDC). Instructors help students to understand the purpose of general education and the basic requirements that students have to complete. Helping students to be aware of university policies, advising practices, major options, and registration deadlines is an important part of the course. The Undergraduate Catalog, the Schedule of Classes via Topnet, the Office of the Registrar, and the ACDC are the best sources of information. In the fall, first-year students generally begin registering for classes for the spring semester during the first week of November.
Student Input to Teaching Effectiveness (S.I.T.E.) evaluations are conducted for all sections of the University Learning course. Near the end of the semester, SITE evaluations are available to students online.
University Learning instructors hold a master's degree with a concentration of at 18 hours or more hours in a relevant discipline. A few exceptional graduate students with a minimum of 18 hours of graduate work completed and completion of the Graduate Assistant Teaching Institute (GATI) are allowed to teach the course. Instructors are committed to first-year students and have participated in professional development related to teaching the course. For information about becoming a University Learning instructor, please contact the School of Professional Studies at 270-745-8973.
Topnet is a valuable information portal. Obtaining the class list, posting a syllabus, e-mailing the class, overriding registration restrictions, and posting final grades are among the many things that faculty can do on Topnet.