Once a year, all AHE students will be advised by an assigned tenured faculty member of AHE. The New Student Welcome/Advising Email informs students of their assigned advisor. The New Student Orientation session is an opportunity to meet your advisor and to ask that faculty member questions about academic issues in AHE. You might also have general program inquiries and these questions can be directed to the AHE Program Staff.
We use what is called “solution-focused advising” as our model because we realize the AHE student community is composed of busy adults who are balancing any combination of work, family responsibilities and coursework, so they have unique needs and schedules. This means that attention is given to decision-making regarding course selection, monitoring academic progress, and facilitating career-based networking and services. Your advisor will assist you with any of the following during your tenure in the program: developing and/or continuing your Plan of Study (see Handbook), assistance with making decisions regarding amendments to your Plan of Study, helping you to monitor your academic progress in the program, developing strategies for improvement, as well as facilitate a discussion and possible referrals that impact your academic progress. The advising session is not for counseling. If personal life issues are negatively impacting your academic progress, the advisor will refer you to various support services on campus. Peers in the AHE Program, especially through the GSAC (Graduate Student Advisory Committee), can assist in mentoring for pastoral support to persist in AHE. This primarily emotional support is often in the form of community building activities and discussing work/life balance.
Your advisor will contact you annually via Canvas to make an advising appointment that can happen via email, telephone, or in-person---whichever is more convenient for you. You have the option of not being advised at this point by simply stating this to the advisor in writing. Otherwise, make and confirm an appointment to meet with your advisor. The advising session will be documented over email. During this session, the advisor will ask what s/he can assist you with in terms of the aforementioned items and if you have questions about academic issues. The advising session can last anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes. You can also contact your advisor at any point on the Canvas advising forum to ask for assistance on any matter related to your academic progress. If you have program-related inquiries, you should contact the AHE Program staff.
AHE students are advised to register for required (core) courses FIRST before electives, in order to build an academic and intellectual foundation for your studies. There is a prerequisite sequence to some of the core courses: You must take AHE 501 before AHE 571; and you must take AHE 577 before taking AHE 580. The elective courses are on a two year rotation (a few are offered every year). Refer to the AHE Student Handbook for detailed course information.
Many of your basic questions can be addressed by Sherry Haskins, our Program Coordinator. If you have a question about your schedule, what you should take next quarter, or how to complete your plan of study, please contact Sherry.Haskins@wwu.edu. She's a great help! Sherry might also be able to steer you to resources (for example, how to get tech help).
An academic adviser can help you with questions about how to plan your progression through the program, how to get the most out of the program, particular courses that might be best for your professional interests, and/or challenges you may be experiencing. They can also talk with you about building a professional network or gaining experience that will help you in your professional aspirations.
Following are advising office hours for fall, winter and spring quarters for faculty advisors:
Sondra Cuban - Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm Sondra.Cuban@wwu.edu
Stan Goto - Mondays, 12:00-2:00pm Stan.Goto@wwu.edu
AHE advisors are assigned to students according to admission quarters.
If you were admitted Fall 2018 or Spring 2019, your adviser is Sondra Cuban (contact Sondra.Cuban@wwu.edu to schedule an appointment).
If you were admitted Fall 2017 or Spring 2018, your adviser is Stan Goto (contact Stan.Goto@wwu.edu to schedule an appointment).
If you were admitted Fall 2016 or Spring 2017, your adviser is Sondra Cuban (contact Sondra.Cuban@wwu.edu to schedule an appointment).
If you were admitted Fall 2015 or Spring 2016, your adviser is Stan Goto (contact Stan.Goto@wwu.edu to schedule an appointment).