- Exchange names—establish a personable connection.
- Attempt to make the student feel more at ease—remember, you may be the first person that they have met at NIC.
Establish Intent & Goals
- Area of focus or major? “Peel the onion” on this one. If undecided, talk about Career Services and other resources. If decided, talk about degree requirements and possible transfer choices.
- Transfer or first time student? If first time, talk about the basics of
obtaining a degree. If transfer, look at transfer credits and talk about how
- Part-time, three-quarter time, or full-time? Discuss in relationship to work, family, commuting and other responsibilities. Don’t forget that
summer semester is condensed so 6 credits is the equivalent to full time. Also a student must take 6 credits in the summer in order to receive financial aid. This is not a good idea for some students.
- Financial aid, veteran’s assistance, or other scholarship recipient? Stress
the importance of applying early.
- MWF, or TR, evening or day classes, internet or satellite campuses?
- Discuss advisor’s role and student’s need to become own best advisor.
- Identify resources—catalog, class schedule, online services, advisor, ect. If time permits, a NICOnline demo can be given.
- Discuss A.A. and A.S. degree options—there are advantages to both.
- FAQ with campus map
- Admissions and/or Financial Aid application
- Degree requirements
- Cheat sheets—RN, PN, Education at U of I, etc.
- Compass exam study websites (www.purplemath.com www.grammarbook.com)