Purdue Science

Kate Van Ness

Kate Van Ness ยป Syllabus


Purdue Advising Mission Statement:
Our mission is to partner with students, faculty, staff, departments, and administration to empower students to develop and implement an individualized plan for academic success, personal and career development, while integrating learning and enrichment within the University and community, as well as assisting students in understanding the nature, purpose, and value of higher education.

Goals of Advising:
My primary goal is to provide you with opportunities for success by assisting you with your educational goals through-out your educational journey here at Purdue.

This syllabus is a tool designed to outline the advising experience. Advising is essential to the educational mission of our institution. Included in the syllabus is a set of student expectations and responsibilities as well as a set of expectations and responsibilities of me as your advisor. This syllabus is to be used as a resource and guide. Refer to it often throughout the semester.

Learning Objectives:
By participating in academic advising you will:

  • Identify fields of study that are consistent with your interests, abilities, and life goals.
  • Know how to navigate myPurduePlan (MMP) and locate your degree worksheet.
  • Develop and implement a meaningful educational plan using the Student Educational Planner (SEP).
  • Know how to locate University policies and procedures regarding registration, academic standing, and student conduct.
  • Know where and how to access appropriate support services to accommodate your unique needs.
  • Develop an awareness of your own personal responsibility within the advising process.

Responsibilities in the Advisor-Student Partnership

Advisor ResponsibilitiesStudent Responsibilities
Understand Purdue College of Science degree requirements and effectively communicate them Schedule regular appointments and/or utilize walk-in hours during each semester
Provide a safe place in which to share your thoughts, aspirations, concerns, and interests Understand your degree equirements and ask questions if you are unsure
Refer you to campus resources as appropriate Keep a record of your academic progress and goals
Listen carefully to your questions concerns, and interests Accept responsibility for your decisions and actions
Maintain confidentiality Come to appointments prepared
Encourage and support you as you gain the skills and knowledge necessary for success Actively read my e-mail and be open to advice and developing your personal goals.
Assist you in making course and major decisions Utilize campus resources to investigate career and life goals
Be available to you through walk-in hours, e-mail, and appointment times Be courteous and attend the advising appointments you have scheduled on time or reschedule them



Your Purdue email account, no other email account, is the only means of communication between faculty and staff. Please do not have this forwarded to your personal email. You will miss important information that is sent out to large groups of students. This is also the Professor’s way of communicating about grades, class cancellations, etc. If you send me an email from your personal account, I will not respond.

Please prepare before sending me an email. As I want to answer all questions, I have many students, so if you can obtain the answer from the syllabus, instructional emails, or advising newsletters then you will not get a response back from me. Also, please try to ask all your questions in a single email. When multiple emails are sent it is difficult to understand requests and questions. It is also easy for questions to get missed when replying. Please make sure you sign your emails. If you need assistance adding a signature to ensure all emails are signed, I can help you with this.


How to make an appointment

I work on an appointment basis, not walk in. I have walk in hours daily, but please utilize these times for quick questions that can be answered in a 5 minute time span in order to allow all students to access me when needed.

Scheduled Appointments can be made by either calling or stopping by MA 231 or using this link: https://purdue.campus.eab.com/


You will check-in for all appointments and walk-in times in the Main Office, MATH 231. Please do not come to straight to my office, wait for me to come get you from the main office.


You are required to meet with me, in person, once a semester to discuss registration. You will not receive your PIN unless you meet with me during your designated times to register. If you schedule your registration appointment during the incorrect designated time you will be asked to reschedule. If you do not show up to your registration appointment, you will be required to wait until open registration to meet with me and obtain your PIN. I understand things come up like sickness and emergencies, just be respectful of my time and let me know as soon as possible if you need to re-schedule.

Academic Probation

You are required to meet with me in person following placement on academic probation. This is to occur during the first two weeks of the semester following placement on probation. At that time, we will work on an academic plan to assist you in raising your GPA and getting off probation.

Please arrive on time and prepared for your appointments. If you are more than five minutes late, you may be asked to reschedule. If you arrive unprepared, you may be asked to reschedule so that I may better answer your questions and assist you with any concerns.


You are required to be prepared for your advising appointments. This includes:

  • Reviewing your degree requirements and plan of study
  • Reviewing the Schedule of Classes
  • Updating your Student Educational Planner (SEP)
  • Finding your time-ticket on myPurdue
  • Filling out an Activity Log (bring this to your appointment)
  • Checking your degree audit worksheet in my PurduePlan for any discrepancies
  • Preparing a list of questions
  • Preparing a rough list of courses you are interested in that meet your
  • College of Science Core requirements




Classes begin


MLK holiday: no classes


Last day to drop a course without record

Goals this month:

Get to know class schedule and who your instructors are


Check and read your Purdue e-mail daily


Make sure your emergency contacts are correct in myPurdue


Make sure your tuition has been paid


Attend club/organization callouts




Last day to DROP a course with a W or to ADD/MODIFY a course with instructor and advisor signature on a form 23.


Goals this month:

Check and read your Purdue e-mail daily

Get involved


Utilize instructor office hours, tutoring, SI sessions, etc.


Meet with me to discuss any concerns/exciting news you have

****Read the registration e-mail I send this month!!!****




Spring Break – NO CLASSES


Last day to DROP a course with a W or WF grade.


Last day to ADD/MODIFY a course with instructor and advisor signature on a form 23.



Goals this month:

Check and read your Purdue e-mail daily


Get involved


Utilize instructor office hours, tutoring, SI sessions, etc.


Make your registration advising appointment during the appropriate time period


Prepare for your registration advising appointment



No events



Goals this month:

Check and read your Purdue e-mail daily


Get involved


Utilize instructor office hours, tutoring, SI sessions, etc.


Register for classes during your TIME-TICKET




Classes end


Final Exams


Grades post



Goals this month:

Check and read your Purdue e-mail daily


Utilize instructor office hours, tutoring, SI sessions, etc.


Make sure you know when/where your final exams are


Check grades on myPurdue


Meet with me if you have any GPA or grade concerns BEFORE you leave for break

*All of the above is subject to change.

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