Academic Advising at PWSC

Academic Advising

Academic Advisors assist students in developing and pursuing educational plans consistent with their life goals. Advisors use assessment scores, transcript information, and student input to help them choose the best programs and courses for their academic objectives. Advisors can also provide guidance for college policies and procedures, as well as help students build their academic skills. It is important for students to know who their advisor is and to seek advice often, rather than meeting only when problems arise.

Setup an appointment:

To schedule an advising appointment, please contact Student Services at 907-834-1600.

PWSC Academic Advisor
Prince Williams Sound College (PWSC) Academic Advisor Heidi Franke

Heidi Franke

hafranke@alaska.edu
907-834-1626

 

Making the Most of Your Advising Experience

  • Before you go
    • Prepare a list of questions or topics to discuss.
    • Come prepared with a list of your strengths and weaknesses as well as a list of your educational goals.
    • If this is your first appointment, bring a copy of your high school and college transcripts, and placement scores.
    • Check out the UAA course catalog at uaa.alaska.edu/records/ catalogs to familiarize yourself with your program requirements.
    • Browse the class schedule in UAOnline and bring a list of courses you are interested in and the times at which they meet: have a backup list in case your primary selections are full.
    • Look over the Academic Dates and Deadlines Calendar and be aware of add/drop and withdrawal deadlines for the upcoming semester.
  • During your appointment
    • Be at a computer with an internet connection if your appointment is on the phone so you can look at your program information in your college catalog or Degree Works (in your UAOnline account) during the discussion of placement and what courses to take.
    • Ask for written documentation of the specific course numbers and titles you need to take (e.g. MATH A105 Intermediate Algebra and ENGL A111 Introduction to Composition) and proper course sequencing, as well as:
      • Follow up email from your advisor OR
      • Degree plan in Degree Works
  • After your appointment
    • Maintain an academic portfolio with notes from your advising meeting, your test results, current resume, career research, etc.
    • Schedule out regular appointments with your academic advisor - the more times you meet your advisor the more likely you are to be successful in your college career.
    • Seek Financial Aid advising and create a plan to pay for your education.