Advising and Student Transitions

Advising Resources for Faculty

Our faculty advisors play a major role in student success. Below is information that will help you advise students.

Huskies Advising and Registration Programs

Advising and Student Transitions coordinates Huskies Advising and Registration for students newly admitted to the university. Students are invited to reserve spots for an advising day on our web-based reservation system.

New Entering First Year Students (NEF) are required to attend Huskies Advising and Registration before they can sign up for classes.

New Entering Transfer Students (NET) are required to attend Huskies Advising and Registration in person or to complete the Online Transfer Advising Program through D2L Brightspace. Advising and Student Transitions partners with advisors in academic departments to individually advise incoming transfer students.

Faculty interested in serving as a faculty advisor for the Huskies Advising and Registration program are encouraged to contact Liz Kalinowski Ohrt, Advising & Student Transitions director. The application process typically begins in January.

Liberal Education Program (MNTC)

The Liberal Education Program (LEP) at St. Cloud State believes liberal education provides knowledge, skills and experiences and promotes critical thinking and ethical values for a lifetime of integrative learning in a diverse and changing society.

The LEP is the liberal arts portion of a bachelor's degree and provides opportunities to explore academic interests and the development of transferable skills which apply to all careers.

  • The Liberal Education Curriculum is organized into 10 goals. 
  • Students must achieve the 10 goals through courses or experiences and earn at least 40 credits in liberal education courses.  
  • Liberal Education courses may be double counted as courses required for a major or minor.
  • Each student must complete three courses designated as Diversity courses. 
  • Students may take no more than one course from any one department. 
  • It is strongly recommended and encouraged that one Diversity course be an approved Racial Issues (RIS) course.  See Goal 7 for approved Racial Issues courses.
  • Explore all options for goal area courses in the University Catalog.
  • General Education: Find general education information in the University Catalog.
Refer to your individual advisee's degree audit report (DARs) to track completion of the general education program.

Major Advisor Updates

Advising and Student Transitions is responsible for making advisor assignments for all students with an intended major. Each department updates its list of advisors on a yearly basis. This list is used to assign new students and to reassign current students who have chosen intended majors within a department. Note any changes based on sabbaticals or other absences. 

Faculty wishing to advise an intended-major student in their department should contact Advising and Student Transitions.

Training and Workshops

We strongly encourage advisors to take the "Advising @ SCSU" course in D2L Brightspace.

Advising training is offered through Advising and Student Transitions to faculty who would like to learn more about:

  • General Education / Liberal Education Program (LEP)
  • University academic policies
  • Degree Audit Reports (DARs)
  • Transfer Credits
  • Advising and Registration Days
  • Developmental advising 
  • Appreciative Advising
  • Student Success Collaborative (SSC)

NACADA, The Global Community for Academic Advising, is an association made up of professional advisors, faculty, counselors, administrators, and students working towards enhancing education development for graduate students. Their website has vast information regarding theories in advising, best practices, and professional development opportunities. 

Transfer Credits

Many students come to St. Cloud State University with earned college credit from other insitutions, college-readiness programs, Advanced Placement tests, and other means of obtaining college credit. Below are some links that may be helpful in understanding what transfer credits are and how they apply to students.

Understanding Transfer Credits

What Transfers to St. Cloud State?

Transfer Student Checklist

Faculty Advising Resources and Tools

Major Transfer Guides

Helpful Links

Registration Access Codes

To register for classes, a student needs a Registration Access Code from their assigned advisor.

Registration proceeds from students with the most earned credits to those with the fewest. Students must enter a Registration Access Code even if they wait until the end of the registration schedule. 

Students in Direct Declare majors will also need an access code to enter into e-Services before they can register for classes. Students moving from intended major to declared major will not need an access code until the campus has completely transitioned to direct declare for all majors, though regular communication with an advisor is still recommended. There are a handful of departments who leave access codes active even for declared majors to guarantee regular consultation with an advisor prior to registration.

Advisors can find access codes for their assigned advisees in e-Services. For other students, the information is available in ISRS. Most office managers have, or can get, access to the information in ISRS.

College & School Liaisons

Advisors in Advising and Student Transitions are liaisons with the colleges and schools at St. Cloud State. They keep our office abreast of changes, particularly as they affect new students.

Student Success Collaborative (SSC)

The Student Success Collaborative (SSC) improves campus engagement, retention and graduation rates. SSC empowers faculty and staff to better support students.

Improving our communication strategies and expanding our use of predictive analytics helps students stay enrolled, make timely progress toward a degree and graduate with a strong sense of purpose.

Advisors can help by using tactics such as shared note-taking, progress reports and the creation of alerts for students struggling in your classes.

SSC can be used to schedule one-on-one advising appointments and group advising appointments.