Academic advising is a crucial element of the learning expedition for students in the first year and beyond. The imminent launch of the new undergraduate curriculum, and the enhanced flexibility for cross-Faculty course selection provided by the enabling structure of the 2012 curriculum highlight the importance to implement systematic academic advising for undergraduate students across the University.
HKU has set up a University-wide academic advising system engaging central offices, Faculties, halls and the Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS), with the following objectives:
- to facilitate freshmen to make the transition from secondary to university education;
- to help students to set their academic and personal goals and to draw a road map for the achievement of these goals during their undergraduate study;
- to enable students to make informed choices in their course and programme selection so as to maximize the opportunities for learning opened up by the new curriculum structure;
- to provide timely guidance to students to enrich their total learning experience; and
- to provide coherent academic advice to students through good coordination between different offices, supporting units and Faculties in the University.
University-wide academic advising system
General Academic Advising
A central Academic Advising Office (AAO) (http://aao.hku.hk/) is set up to co-ordinate academic advising initiatives and training across Faculties and to assist students in understanding the university requirements, course enrolment procedures and academic options.
Faculty-based Academic Advising
Each Faculty will appoint
- an overall Academic Advising Coordinator and Academic Advising Administrators;
- Faculty Academic Advisers (FAAs) to meet and discuss issues with new student assigned to them;
- advisers for each Major/ Minor, or for each curriculum or year of study in case of professional degrees;
- Faculty Student Advisers (FSAs) who are in their second year or above to work under the guidance of Faculty Academic Advising Coordinators.
Residence-based Academic Advising
Each hall of residence and the Residential College on Lung Wah Street (by June 2012) will appoint senior students in its hall as Residential Student Advisers (RSAs). They will be supervised by the wardens of their respective halls of residence. CEDARS will coordinate the implementation of the residence-based academic advising system and continue to guide students on enriching their campus and hall life, provide career education and services, and assist in students’ personal and academic development.
Web-based Academic Advising
The Academic Advising website (http://aao.hku.hk/) is launched to serve as the first point of contact for students looking for academic guidance. Students can also search for information on their programmes and curricula from the Faculty websites, and check their advisers’ contact through the Student Information System (SIS).
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