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Note to Parents and Family

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Our goal in compiling the information below is to help as you provide support for the Texas State student in your life.


The role of Academic Advising
in your student's career

 

Advisors assist students with understanding degree requirements and with degree planning.  We ultimately point students to their Degree Audit and to the Undergraduate Catalog since it is the student's responsibility to know their program's degree and graduation requirements.

After a student's initial Academic Advising appointment as a part of New Student Orientation, Academic Advising is not mandatory as long as a student maintains the minimum 2.0 Texas State GPA required by the University for good academic standing.   We recommend, however, that students schedule an appointment each semester prior to the start of registration.

With the wide range of degree programs offered in the College of Education, our Advisors are specialized within degree programs so that they can stay informed of updates in those programs and provide expert guidance to their students.

In addition to meeting with students in appointments, the Advising Center staff sends regular emails throughout the semester to students with majors in the College of Education.  These emails are sent to students' Texas State email accounts and often include timely reminders about upcoming deadlines and dates on the Academic Calendar, as well as information specific to certain degree programs.


Gaining Access to Information

The simplest way to access information about your student's degree progress is to log in through the Texas State Self-Service menu.  If a student is willing to share their log-in information with you, this link serves as a portal to a number of resources including the student's Degree Audit, Academic Transcript, Registration Status, and Tuition information.

An important factor in determining what access you have to a student's records is also the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which limits the nature of information we're able to provide to anyone other than the student.

Without logging in to the Self-Service menu or having a FERPA Grant Access form on file, there are still a number of other accessible resources on the Texas State website and on our College of Education Advising Center website like those listed below:

  • Refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for explanations of academic policies and for individual course descriptions of every course offered at Texas State University.
     
  • Explore our website for a list of Majors and Programs offered within the College of Education and degree planning information about each.
     
  • Use the search function at the top right corner of the Texas State Homepage to search for a specific staff or faculty member's email and office phone number. 

Our front desk staff are also available to you if you still have questions or would like something you've found online explained over the phone or in person.  If they can not provide you with the information you need, they will refer you to our on call Up Front Advisor.


Important Academic Policies

Academic Policies are fully outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog, but a few of those policies that are especially relevant to many transfer students include the following:

Students who have attempted numerous courses outside of their degree program requirements may be affected by Tuition for Excessive Undergraduate Hours.

Students whose Texas State GPA falls below 2.0 are placed on Academic Probation and must raise it to a 2.0 within two long semesters to avoid being placed on Academic Suspension


The Difference between Graduation and Commencement

'Graduation' refers to the actual awarding of a student's degree to their transcript upon successful completion of all degree requirements. 

'Commencement' refers to the ceremony conducted at the conclusion of each academic semester in celebration of those students who will be graduating.

Participation in commencement is not necessarily indicative of a student's graduation status.  Students that intend to have completed all degree requirements within the next adjoining semester and who have no more than a single outstanding degree requirement may participate in a commencement ceremony prior to graduating. Posting of final grades also occurs after the approval process for commencement participation and therefore does not account for a student's final academic standing, which will be used to determine graduation eligibility.


Developing a Long-Range Plan

Students who are away from Texas State for one long semester (fall or spring) and wish to return are considered former students and must reapply in order to return to Texas State.

Due to the nature of most College of Education degree programs which include an internship or student teaching semester, students frequently find it necessary to enroll in summer coursework in order to complete their degree program within four years. 

The long-range planning form below is something we frequently encourage students to consider early and bring with them to a future appointment for review with an Advisor.


Other Ways to Be Involved

If you haven't already connected with them, the Parent and Family Relations office is dedicated to providing you with timely communication to help your student navigate college.  They also offer a variety of programs, activities, and resources for you and your student.

The Texas State Family Association is a support organization dedicated to helping Bobcat families feel connected to their students' university experience, providing information to families as well as opportunities for involvement with the university with the understanding that students blossom when family and friends take an active interest in their education.