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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Academic & Career Planning Center

Located in the Academic Commons, I.D. Weeks Library, first floor
Steve Ward, Director

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Academic and Career Advising consists of a series of interactions requiring the serious involvement of both student and advisor. Academic advisors help students make informed choices about courses, majors, and careers. With the assistance of academic advisors, students are encouraged to explore the many opportunities for intellectual, personal, and professional growth at the University of South Dakota.

Advisees are expected to:

  1. Know and understand the general education, college, major and minor requirements necessary for their graduation.
  2. Arrive on time for scheduled advising appointments.
  3. Prepare a preliminary schedule prior to their advising appointment.
  4. Be honest and forthcoming about their academic progress and performance in their course work.
  5. Monitor and keep informed about their progress toward the completion of graduation requirements.

Advisors are expected to:

  1. Know and understand the general education, college, major and minor requirements for students in their department and/or college.
  2. Understand that students may be subject to the requirements under different catalogs and to know how to access relevant information.
  3. Ask students about their academic progress and plans for the future.
  4. Be familiar with campus resources to answer non-academic questions as well as questions regarding career options.

Departments are expected to:

  1. Facilitate faculty training to ensure accurate advising and the broader mentoring of students.
  2. Disseminate information to students regarding internships, scholarships, campus organizations, and other opportunities for intellectual growth.
  3. Provide students with clear methods of tracking their progress toward graduation.
  4. Design and implement a mechanism by which to inform students about advising appointments.

Advisor Assignment


Professional advisors in the Academic and Career Planning Center (ACPC) will advise students who have not declared a major;  secondary education majors; students who have declared any major within the College of Arts & Sciences; or students in the following majors within the School of Health Sciences: Alcohol and Drug Studies, Health Sciences Major, Medical Laboratory Science, Nursing and Social Work. Students advised by the ACPC will remain advisees of the ACPC until they complete 45 credit hours of college course work. After 45 hours of completed course work, students will be assigned a faculty advisor in their major department.

Students who have declared Dental Hygiene or a major within the College of Fine Arts are assigned faculty advisors by their departmental offices. Students interested in degrees within the School of Business or Elementary Education are initially advised by the student services centers within those schools, then by assigned faculty advisors.

Academic & Career Planning Center


Steve Ward, Director
Academic Commons, I.D. Weeks Library, first floor


The Academic and Career Planning Center (ACPC) provides general academic and career advisement for all USD students. In particular, the ACPC’s staff advises new students that have declared a major in the College of Arts & Sciences, most of the majors in the Health Sciences, and individuals who have not declared a major. The Academic and Career Planning Center also acts as a clearinghouse for the declaration or changing of majors.

The Academic and Career Planning Center helps students identify and fulfill their career goals. The ACPC serves as the bridge between the student’s college experience and employment or graduate school by helping students thoughtfully consider career options and prepare for job searches. By providing comprehensive resources, programs, and counseling on career development, internships, employment, and graduate school, the ACPC assists students in making career decisions, connect with employers, and attain their life goals.

The Academic and Career Planning Center is an excellent resource for all students who seek to improve their academic success. A Learning Specialist is employed by the ACPC to help students develop effective study strategies. In addition, advisors offer classes and individual instruction to strengthen test-taking, reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. Finally, the ACPC coordinates Supplemental Instruction and all tutoring offered on campus and is the home to the University’s First Year Experience (FYE) Program.

Mission Statement

Academic and career advising provides an educational experience to help students explore and navigate a path to degree completion and a plan for the future.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students can describe the requirements for graduation in their course of study before they are transferred to their faculty advisor at the 45 credit hour threshold.
  2. Students will describe the broader context of their graduation requirements through the lens of a liberal education.
  3. Students will analyze critically their choice of major during their first three semesters.
  4. Students will analyze critically their career expectations throughout their time at USD.
  5. Students will be able to describe the help resources available to them on campus.
  6. Students will connect the benefits of an internship or other experience to their pursuit of a meaningful career.

School of Business Student Services Center


Rhonda Hulkonen
Assistant Dean-Student Services
Beacom School of Business, Beacom Hall, Room 101

The Beacom School of Business Student Services Center (SSC) assists undergraduate students majoring in the business areas of Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Health Services Administration, Human Resource Management, and Management. The SSC helps students with their informational needs and supports the faculty advisors in the School of Business. All students who plan to major in a business field but have not yet been admitted to their majors work with the SSC professional advising staff as they complete the liberal learning requirements of the University and the prerequisites for admission to the Beacom School of Business majors. Additional assistance is available relating to transfer credit, study skill development, academic appeals, scheduling issues, and referrals.

School of Education Student Services


Sherrie Bosse, Advisor
School of Education, Delzell 113/114

The School of Education Student Services (SESS) faculty advisors provide a comprehensive program of advisement that supports students from initial teaching career awareness to teacher preparation, assessment, placement, certification, and follow-up. In addition, advisement is provided as to the requirements and assessments necessary to achieve status as a highly qualified teacher based on the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. This Centralized Advisement Model is used for all undergraduate students completing a teacher certification program. Students seeking a secondary education or K-12 major should also have an advisor in their content area.

School of Health Sciences Student Services


Audrey Ticknor, Advisor
Health Sciences Major; Pre-Health Professions
Lee Med Room 207

Students interested in any of the programs in the School of Health Sciences may direct general questions and seek information from the advisor. Health Sciences major students who have completed 48 credit hours will be assigned to the department’s advisor to assist them in choosing classes and their other educational needs. In addition, any pre-health occupation student at USD in another major but planning a health care career in a graduate program, either at this university or somewhere else, is encouraged to meet with the advisor to learn the prerequisite classes, additional testing requirements, and application details for your particular area of study. Students seeking a double major should have advisors in both content areas.