The Deans’ Office: Advising and Academic Support
The Deans’ Office is an important academic resource for all students and faculty advisors, offering guidance on any issue that may affect students’ academic progress and well-being.
- Support for Students
Wesleyan’s class deans are assigned to a class for four years, from entry to graduation. They serve as a primary resource for students, providing academic guidance and support, resolving academic issues, and connecting students to appropriate offices and resources. The deans hold regular drop-in hours and are available by appointment as well. Office hour are:
Monday 2:00 - 3:00 Tuesday 3:00 - 4:00 Wednesday 5:00 - 7:00 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 Friday 2:00 - 4:00
- Support for Advisors
The class deans offer general advising support to all faculty. When an instructor or advisor expresses concern about a student, the class dean will reach out to that student and work closely with the student to resolve the situation. Unsatisfactory Progress Reports (UPRs), which instructors are expected to submit for students not meeting course expectations, are especially helpful for identifying problems before they become unmanageable. When a UPR is submitted, it goes automatically to the appropriate class dean and the faculty advisor, who do outreach to the student. If the student is a varsity athlete, the UPR also goes to the Athletic Director, who sends it to the student's coach.
Class deans are responsible for preparing resource materials, providing information to advisors about specialized advising and counseling resources, and collaborating with Academic Affairs to organize orientation for new advisors and academic advising during New Student Orientation.
- Student Academic Resources Network (SARN)
Through SARN, the Deans’ Office facilitates student access to a range of intellectual enrichment and academic support services. SARN crosses organizational lines in an effort to provide seamless services to all students. Partners in the network include the Writing Workshop, the Math Workshop, and the Peer Tutoring program. SARN partners also provide services for students with disabilities as well as language services for non-native speakers of English. SARN works to foster a community culture that recognizes the relationship between intellectual growth and personal development, and to ensure that students know about and are encouraged to seek out appropriate services. See SARN for more information. The Academic Skills Assessment that first-year students complete over the summer will help determine what resources can enhance their academic experience.
- SARN Peer Advisors
Students can interact directly with SARN through the upper-class students employed as peer advisors. Beginning in June and continuing during New Student Orientation and the rest of the academic year, peer advisors are available to help students learn how to plan their schedules, prepare for productive meetings with their faculty advisors, and advise on strategies for effective studying. Feel free to contact the peer advisors with any questions or concerns.