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Academic Advisers at FAU are horrible...

At least that is what a coworker told me. She said she went to the College of Science to meet with an advisor because she is going pursue her bachelors. Needless to say she had a very negative experience. Are there any other options available to her? How would she go about seeking another advisor? I dont think she is interested in putting in a complaint, but I sure would like it addressed. I'm a proud alum and dont like to hear anything like this going on. Any suggestions? Its been quite a few years since I've had to deal with advisors and classes..

"What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog."
-Dwight D. Eisenhower
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Silver_Bullet32 said

At least that is what a coworker told me. She said she went to the College of Science to meet with an advisor because she is going pursue her bachelors. Needless to say she had a very negative experience. Are there any other options available to her? How would she go about seeking another advisor?

Hmm. There should be multiple advisors for the College of Science because of how many people there are in that major (especially if she's pre-med). She should be able to return to the college's office and just ask to book an appointment with a different advisor.



On a related note, most of the complaints about FAU stem from:
  1. Parking issues
  2. Interactions with staff
  3. Inability to take certain classes/graduate on time

FAU has been doing a good job about #1 lately and shrugged off #3, citing budget restrictions (which is true in most cases). However, they're doing very little about #2 and that's a huge concern. I've felt for a long time that FAU needs to really put Superior Customer Service at the forefront.  No student should feel more confused after being advised, no student should feel like should transfer because FAU "doesn't have its sh!t together" and no one should leave the Financial Aid office feeling bad because they had a question and the staff there seemed irritated by them.

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As a '79 graduate I was hoping this issue was better by now. Check out my horror story from 1975;

I transferred from BCC in the fall of '75 semester. At BCC I was a Business major but did well with the computers there (IBM) and decided to major in Computer Science at FAU. My very first academic advisor PLACECD me in both COBOL and FORTRAN programming languages (had to do ALL programming on PUNCH CARDS back then - a long slow tedious process requiring MANY midnight and later nights in the computer lab) AT THE SAME TIME!

VERY BAD MOVE!

I got behind in one , tried to catch up, got behind in the other, and so it went till I FAILED BOTH! Do not pass go, do not collect $200, instead move IMMEDIATELY to ACADEMIC PROBATION! OUCH!

Needless to say I changed my major immediately but later got academic suspension for six moths as I later failed a different class (zero tolerance onced on AP!). I did proudly graduate finally in '79 and am a proud Owl but man did I get screwed by that AA!

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Is she admitted? College of Science won't even see students until they are admitted. COS is a very popular and large college and probably understaffed. Just tell her to go online and make an appointment. Unfortunately, that's all she can do. The advisor's main priority is to handle current students.

And honestly, the college of Science may be the toughest place to get an appointment to see an advisor. Business is has walk in hrs, Design and Social Inquiry will also take them when possible but Science is just too big to handle every request. That's just the way it is unfortunately.
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She is a current student. She said the advisor was trying to herd her away from the PA program. My friend has a 3.9 GPA. She said she would never get in. Those are great words coming from an advisor...

"What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog."
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Silver_Bullet32 said

She is a current student. She said the advisor was trying to herd her away from the PA program. My friend has a 3.9 GPA. She said she would never get in. Those are great words coming from an advisor…

Telling someone they won't get into PA school with a 3.9 is entirely disingenuous. Unless she's murdered somebody or scored in the double digits on her GRE (that's what they take, right?), she should be fine.

For what it's worth, I was treating patients with a PA and a PA student and the PA told the student not to expect much for starting salaries… like in the 60's. I guess they used to make double that.

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I too was hoping that the advisors got better over the years but I guess not.  When I transferred to the college of science in 2000 I went to the orientation, and they had us pick our classes right there in a group setting, which I was unprepared for.  All I had to go on was a checklist that the advisors gave us earlier in the day.  I ended up picking classes that sounded cool and important, which led me to this schedule:

Spanish I
Chem II
Chem II Lab
Physics for biology students I
Physics Lab
Comparative Vertebrate Morphogenesis and Morphology
Comp. Vert. Lab

Needless to say I struggled through my first semester, but made it through.  After that I never went back to my advisors until I had to do a graduation check at the end.  I took my class checklist and spoke with classmates and picked the rest of my classes that way.  On a side not, the advisor I did work with Gina (I think) was very nice, but I think she was overwhelmed with the student demand. 

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duder said

Spanish I
Chem II
Chem II Lab
Physics for biology students I
Physics Lab
Comparative Vertebrate Morphogenesis and Morphology
Comp. Vert. Lab

Oh god.

When I arrived in 2000 for my Orientation, they sat about 100 of us in the hallway upstairs of GCS (now GS) for hours on end to pick courses out of a thick coursebook. I made a plan, a backup plan and a backup to the backup plan and by the time I made it in to see an advisor, half of the classes in each plan were full. We were both irritated about that and struggled for a half hour figuring out something new that would work. Obviously it's much better now but man, what. a. pain. in. the. ass. Those of you who graduated in the 60's and 70's probably had to do that every semester… my sympathies.

I will say this about advisors and university staff in general: some are good, some are bad, some are nice, some are mean, some don't know what they're doing, some are spot-on. It's literally a crapshoot every single time you go in there depending on who you get, how their day has been and how complicated your individual situation is. I've had good experiences one day in, say, Financial Aid, and the next time I go in it's a complete waste of my time.

And I very much doubt that's an FAU-specific problem.

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I am a family practice physician up in the Jacksonville area.  The advisors aren't overly helpful in a few schools ( I have been at UF and FAU for undergrad), but FAU's did help enough.  If you can point to where they are incorrect by showing CASPA stats for PA students and what program you want to attend and their average admission requirements, they will help.
It is exactly what I did.
If you need any help / have any questions feel free to message me, or even visit the PA school of which you wish to attend to meet with their advisors.
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