The Academic Advising and Cooperative Education (AACE) office, in 100 Meserve Hall, is a central place where undergraduate students in the Colleges of Arts, Media and Design (CAMD) can go with all academic questions.
Mission of CAMD Academic Advising
Provide a welcoming and student-centered environment in which we work collaboratively with students on cultivating their skills in making informed decisions, developing self-reliance and building confidence as they explore their creativity through opportunities afforded by CAMD.
Services and Programs in the Office of Academic Advising and Cooperative Education
Academic Advising and Cooperative Education (AACE), in 100 Meserve Hall, is a good first place to go for any kind of academic concern. We are committed to providing students with the assistance they need, whether it be through advising in our office or by making a referral to the appropriate university resource. Our goal is to help students navigate the university and to support them in attaining academic and cooperative education success. The specific academic support services and programs offered by AACE are briefly described below.
All College of Arts, Media and Design students have:
- a professional academic advisor
- a faculty mentor, located in the student’s major department or program
- a co-op coordinator (for students who participate in the co-op program)
Academic advising is an ongoing process that engages students in educational planning consistent with their academic strengths and personal and career goals. This process facilitates an active partnership among students, academic advisors, faculty mentors in the department and co-op coordinators.
CAMD Academic Advising seeks, through an open, welcoming environment, to help students become more engaged in their own lifelong learning and personal development. We build relationships with students by raising questions, sharing perspectives, suggesting resources and assisting with short-term and long-range academic plans. Our work supports students’ efforts to realize their aspirations for a rich, creative, fulfilling undergraduate education that is central to taking charge of their own existence.
Faculty mentors, located in the academic departments, mentor students in their chosen discipline and function as the students’ main connection with that discipline.
Co-op coordinators also located in 100 Meserve Hall, advise and mentor students during the preparation, activity, and reflection phases of the co-op cycle.
Student Persistence and Retention Program
The Student Persistence and Retention Program assists students in the College of Arts, Media and Design who are struggling academically and/or have been placed on academic probation. A main focus of this program is regular meetings with a Student Persistence Specialist who assesses the student’s difficulty and creates an individualized plan to help guide the student to academic success. Students in this program take advantage of intensive advising, tutoring, skills-building, and self- reflection as means of returning to good academic standing.
AACE offers students the opportunity to become involved in a range of peer programs. These include: Peer Mentors, students who mentor and assist freshmen acclimate to the college and university and Peer Tutors, students who tutor students in a wide range of courses. These programs provide an opportunity for students to gain experience working in an academic setting, as well as have greater access to academic advising resources and connections to other University resources and communities.
Integrating classroom study and experiential learning is a cornerstone of the Northeastern undergraduate experience. AACE is a central resource for students who want to learn more about the many experiential learning opportunities available at the University, including: cooperative education, undergraduate research, service-learning, selected global experiences, and more. For more detailed information on experiential learning opportunities, go to http://www.northeastern.edu/experiential-learning
Co-op is a cornerstone of Northeastern University’s curriculum whereby students alternate periods of in-school coursework with four or six month periods of full-time work. The combination of academic study and work produces an overall learning experience that gives greater meaning to students’ studies and more direction to their career development. The College of Arts, Media and Design offers a vibrant and exciting program that helps our students gain professional experience, explore potential career paths, and enrich their academic experience.