FAQs: CEE Freshmen Advising Process [2014-2015]

• Why Do We Have Faculty Advising for Undergraduates?

The simple answer is that annual faculty advising of undergraduate students is required for engineering degree program accreditation; a degree from an accredited engineering program is required to qualify for professional registration; and professional registration is required for engineering practice. The advising process, however, exists for many practical reasons. Our program requirements change often thus regular meetings with students are the best way to provide the information on current programs and planned changes. In this regard, faculty advising complements but does not replace annual meetings with Samueli School of Engineering undergraduate counselors to develop a Plan of Study. The faculty advising process also provides an opportunity for students to discuss a broad range of issues with program faculty, whether involving degree issues, specialization choices, career opportunities, or even professional practice. It provides a good deal of potential opportunity at a very low cost.


• What Is the CEE Faculty Advising Process for Freshmen?

Many academic programs assign freshmen to advisors, faculty who will remain in that capacity as the student proceeds through the program. This fixed reference point is a benefit to many students who have questions throughout the year. We have chosen to assign freshmen to a group of faculty advisors, providing a fixed group of advisors for the same group of students over the entire time that they are in the degree program. Each advising cohort has a faculty member from each research area (structures, transportation, and water resources and environmental). Your faculty advisors will continue to advise you as long as you are in our UG programs.

• When Is CEE Faculty Advising for Freshmen?

The faculty advising process is mandatory for all undergraduate students in the Samueli School of Engineering's Department Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE). Faculty advising involves meeting with a faculty member in group and/or individual advising sessions. Faculty advising is in addition to the advising you receive from Samueli School of Engineering undergraduate counselors.

The formal process for freshmen and transfer students begins in the fall quarter and continues throughout the year. The advising process for sophomores, juniors, and seniors begins in the winter quarter [see FAQs ].

To avoid missing communications with the department regarding advising or other matters, always check your official UCI e-mail on a regular basis. This is the best way for us to effectively communicate with our students.

• How Does the Freshmen Faculty Advising Process Work?

There are two components to the process: group advising and individual advising:

Group Advising provides freshmen an overview of campus, school, department, and degree program policies, programs, and opportunities. Scheduled sessions will introduce you to your advisors and will include a summary of the degree programs, an overview of the ABET accreditation process, and information on how to achieve success in the program. In subsequent years, information will be presented on program changes, research and professional opportunities, graduate school, and achieving professional engineering registration.

Individual Advising sessions provide each student the opportunity to meet with a CEE faculty member to discuss career paths, research opportunities, and a variety of other topics related to civil and environmental engineering. Each student will select a faculty member from the advising cohort and will schedule a meeting. Sessions may be individual meetings or small groups. It is recommended that freshmen meet with an advisor at least once each quarter, but at a minimum you need to meet with an advisor at least once in fall quarter, otherwise, a hold will be placed on your registration for the following year (see below).

• When and Where Is The Advising Process Scheduled?

In Civil and Environmental Engineering, we have implemented a 2-phase advising process for freshmen:

  1. Group Advising: You must attend a scheduled freshmen group advising session. You do not need to register for an advising session, but you must attend one.

    In Fall 2014, the Freshmen and Transfer group sessions are:

    1. CEE Freshmen & Transfers Session 1: Thursday October 2nd 10-11:30 am [ Calit2 3008 ]
    2. CEE Freshmen & Transfers Session 2: Monday, October 6th 12:30-2 pm [ EH 2430 ]

    Note: During the Group Session, you will sign a form recording your participation.

  2. Individual Advising: After the group advising sessions are completed, you will receive an email from the Department providing a link by which to select a advisor in your faculty cohort (two weeks after the group session, an advisor will be assigned randomly). Your advisor will then send you a second email with a schedule of available advising sessions.

    Remember: You must meet with a faculty advisor for individual (or small group) advising to avoid a hold being placed on your registration in subsequent quarters. At the end of your individual session, your faculty advisor will record your participation (there's no form to return).


• Who Are the Faculty Advisors for the Fall 2014-15 Freshmen Class [Class of 2018]

Professor Lizhi Sun
Area: Structural Engineering
Office: EG 4137 / Tel: 949-824-8670
<lsun@uci.edu>
Professor Will Recker
Area: Transportation Systems Engineering
Office: AIRB 4074 / Tel: 949-824-5642
<wwrecker@uci.edu>
Professor Amir Aghakouchak
Area: Water Resources & Environmental Engineering
Office: ET 506A / Tel: 949-824-9350
<amir.a@uci.edu>
Professor Betty Olson
Area: Environmental Engineering & Water Resources
Office: ET 844 / Tel: 949-824-5281
<bholson@uci.edu>

• What Determines Freshman or Transfer Status?

Freshmen include students taking typical freshmen classes, primarily first year math and science courses as well as courses such as CEE20 or Engr7A-B, regardless of the total number of UCI credit hours completed to date. Freshmen are planning to take sophomore CEE courses in the next academic year.

Depending on the prior institution or degree program, transfer students could be freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors. However, if you are new to our CE and EnE programs this year, you should attend a fall Freshmen and Transfer Group Advising session. Transfers will then be assigned to the appropriate cohort of faculty advisors depending on completion level of program requirements.


• Is This Process Mandatory?

Yes, you are required to complete this process each and every year. Faculty advising is required of our degree program accreditation and, more importantly, it provides channels for communication with program faculty. It complements, not replaces, advising from counselors in the HSSOE undergrad office (with whom you should also meet annually).

Freshmen must attend a Group Advising Session in the fall quarter. The details of the individual process will be discussed at the group session. If you do not attend a group session in the fall, you must contact the CE or the EnE UG Advisor to arrange to fulfill this requirement (a registration hold will be placed if you do not comply).

In subsequent years, as a sophomore, junior, or senior, you will be advised in the winter quarter via mandatory group and individual sessions. As long as you will be continuing with courses at UCI in the next quarter, you must fulfill the advising requirement.

If you are planning on transferring to a different major, you still must attend the CEE advising process or a hold will be placed on your registration. If you are planning to transfer to CEE, you are encouraged to participate.

• Do I Need to See the Same Faculty Advisor Each Time?

No. You are free to see any of the four faculty members in your advising cohort. You may continue to see the same advisor or you may change at any time. If you wish to be advised by a faculty member not in your faculty cohort, please check with the CE or the EnE UG Advisor.


• What If I Miss a Group Session?

If you miss the group session, you must contact the CE or the EnE UG Advisor. You will likely need to schedule a meeting as well as to review and summarize the group advising slide presentation. Fulfilling this requirement will prevent a hold from being placed on your registration.

• What If I Don't Sign-up for an Individual Session?

It is recommended that freshmen meet with a faculty advisor each quarter of the first year. The scheduling process provided after the group session makes it easy to arrange a first meeting. If you do not sign up, you may contact a faculty advisor to arrange for a meeting or simply go to one of their posted office hours. If you do not meet with a faculty advisor every quarter, there will be no penalty. However, you must meet with a faculty advisor at least once in the fall quarter.


• What If I've Already Met with an HSSOE Counselor?

You should meet with an HSSOE UG Counselor every year, but this does not replace the requirement to complete the faculty advising process. If your degree program Plan of Study (developed with and filed in the HSSOE UG Office) is not up to date, then you should arrange to meet with a counselor prior to participating in the faculty advising process.

• What Is The Penalty for Not Attending?

If you do not attend a Group Session in the fall or if you do not meet with a faculty advisor at least once during your freshman year, you will have a hold placed on your registration for the following fall quarter. You will be dropped from all courses for which you have registered. An hour in a group session and 15 minutes in an individual session will be well worth the time investment.


• Where Can I View the Group Advising Slides?

A copy of the Freshmen group advising slides will be available after the group sessions are completed.

• Other Questions Regarding Advising?

Each undergraduate program has a designated UG Advisor who can be consulted on any issues but particularly those issues not associated with the faculty advising process. There is also a CEE Student Affairs Coordinator. For the 2014-2015 Academic Year, these contacts are:

Professor M.G.McNally
CE Undergraduate Advisor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
949-824-8462
<mmcnally@uci.edu>
Professor Diego Rosso
EnE Undergraduate Advisor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Office: ET 844F / Tel: 949-824-8661
<bidui@uci.edu>
James Beam
Student Affairs
Civil and Environmental Engineering
949-824-5333
<jabeam@uci.edu>
Professor Brett Sanders
Department Chair
Civil and Environmental Engineering
949-824-5333
<bsanders@uci.edu>

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