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Academic Support

The University will continue supporting the academic success of our students. Students will have access to a range of vital resources and services, which will be held virtually, as well as in person.

July 14, 2020

Here’s what you need to know:

There are a number of academic support services available to students this fall, including:

  • Academic and career advising
  • Support and alternatives for Service Learning and Academic Internship placements 
  • EOP, SSS, TRIO, and Dreamer support
  • Learning Center tutoring, coaching, and Supplemental Instruction
  • Peer mentoring for first-year and continuing students

Academic Advising

All students are assigned an academic advisor. Your advisor is here to:

  • Work with you to develop a degree plan that supports your academic goals, both during the time HSU is virtual and when we are able to return to campus full-time.  
  • Communicate with you about academic policy, important dates and deadlines, and opportunities to engage in curricular and co-curricular opportunities while campus is virtual this fall.
  • Refer you to appropriate campus resources for additional support with your studies or navigating your transition to HSU - all of which are available virtually.
  • Help you make the most of your college experience.

Your advisor, as well as the department of your major discipline, will let you know how best to contact them this fall. Be sure to ask about opportunities to gain academic and career related experiences and make connections with your professors and peers. 

Additionally, the Academic & Career Advising Center (ACAC) has advisors available to answer general academic questions on degree requirements, academic policies and procedures, resume review, job search and other career services. Students can email acac@humboldt.edu or call (707) 826-3341 to schedule a phone or Zoom appointment with a career or academic advisor.  

Virtual Drop-in Advising for HSU Students:

ACAC Virtual Advising Drop-in hours are Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Just click on our Virtual Front desk, or visit acac.humboldt.edu for assistance.

Drop-in for a quick session with an ACAC Advisor or Peer Advisor. Request a "Drop-in" via email, acac@humboldt.edu, by popping into the Virtual Front Desk, or by completing the Virtual Drop-In Advising Form

Drop-ins are handy for the following services: 

Quick Resume Review • Cover Letter Review • Basic DARS Review • How to Declare a Major or Minor • How to Change Your Advisor • Navigating Handshake Job Database • GE Questions • Federal Work-Study • Transferring Courses for Credit at HSU • Withdrawal and Educational Leave

ACAC is constantly updating its website with resources for job/career search as well as academic success in a virtual environment.

All the resources and services students need are available and HSU is doing everything it can to facilitate your success. Even though many of our students are far away, we are still a community and we are doing our best to help you feel that connection. 

Center for Community Based Learning (CCBL)

Students are able to complete their Service Learning and Academic Internship placements remotely. We are creating remote or alternative assignments/projects to help students meet the requirements of the community based learning experience. We continue to update our resources with suggestions for alternative assignments and finding success in virtual community based learning experiences. Visit the CCBL website for more information.

CCBL offers Zoom and phone appointments for students, faculty and community partners to assist with their current and emergent needs. Email ccbl@humboldt.edu  with questions or contact the following based on your constituent group:

Dreamer Student Support

Free immigration consultations with legal representatives from CHIRLA continue to be available via Zoom for HSU students, staff, and faculty. To sign up for a free consultation, call the HSU EOP office at (707) 335-9510 or sign up with CHIRLA directly (scroll down to Humboldt State University, “schedule an appointment”.

Visit the Dreamer Student Resources site for more information about support for Dreamer Students or call the EOP office at (707) 335-9510.

EOP/SSS & TRIO Programs

EOP/SSS Advising Services: EOP/SSS advising services are available, with advising services offered via Zoom or by phone. If you would like to schedule an appointment with your EOP/SSS advisor, please call (707) 335-9510 or email eopreception@humboldt.edu and request an advising appointment (include your name, student ID in your message). Students can also email questions directly to their EOP/SSS advisor.

EOP/SSS Admissions: Interested in applying to EOP? If you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss EOP/SSS admissions, please call (707) 335-9510, or you can email your questions to eopadmit@humboldt.edu. You can also visit our EOP/SSS website to learn more about our program. 

TRIO Talent Search, TRIO Upward Bound, and GEAR UP are continuing to provide advising and tutorial services to students, following the protocols at the assigned school sites. To learn more about each program, visit their website at talentsearch.humboldt.edutrioupwardbound.humboldt.edu, and gearup.humboldt.edu.

Learning Center

Tutoring, Writing Assistance, Academic Peer Coaching, and Supplemental Instruction, will all be held online through the Learning Center. Supplemental instruction will begin the first week of classes; and tutoring, writing support, and coaching will be available the second week. Sessions will be held primarily over Zoom. Visit the Learning Center website for more information.

  • Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, and Academic Coaching services are targeted toward students taking undergraduate courses. Writing support and help with statistics are available for undergraduates and graduate students.
  • Online tutoring is available for many lower-division classes and some upper-division classes, more than 50 courses in all. For Fall 2020, specific tutors will be associated with individual classes and instructors. Tutors will introduce themselves through Canvas or over Zoom and offer regular online tutoring hours outside of class. Students can also find tutor hours on the Learning Center website. Tutoring will be primarily conducted over Zoom, but alternative arrangements may be made in advance to support students using other platforms. 
  • Writing consultants are available to help students with any writing project. Students can make appointments and meet through Zoom or can submit their writing projects and receive feedback over email. 
  • The Math Tutoring Lab will have additional online drop-in hours through Zoom. Students can take advantage of the Math Tutoring Lab for math, statistics, and programs like R and Excel. 
  • Academic peer coaches help students identify and meet their academic goals. They can help students navigate learning online, develop strategies to stay on top of assignments, and practice effective learning techniques. Students can book an appointment with an Academic Peer Coach through the Learning Center website.
  • Supplemental Instruction, provides an opportunity for students to study for their classes in a focused manner with peer leaders who have taken the class previously. These sessions are offered for rigorous entry-level and core courses from several departments. The two, 50 minute peer-facilitated sessions per week are designed to help students review core course content and develop course-specific academic and study skills. Supplemental instruction will be conducted synchronously over Zoom in Fall 2020. Learn more about supplemental instruction.
  • Supplemental instruction (SI) courses are identified by the "198" course number associated with the discipline. For instance, SI for Bot 105 is listed as Bot 198 in the registration schedule. Students can register for SI from now until the second week of classes. Classes fill up quickly, so register soon.

Peer Mentoring (RAMP)

The Retention through Academic Mentoring Program (RAMP) is a peer mentoring program that serves two groups of students. 

First-Year RAMP serves students who are first-generation and/or participate in certain Place Based Learning Communities. Members of Global Humboldt, Students for Violence Prevention, Green and Gold, Teaching for Social Justice, and Creando Raíces (Creating Roots) are pre-assigned a mentor before classes begin in August. 

The mentors meet with each of the students assigned to them on a rotating basis. Through unique peer relationships, mentors connect students to curricular/co-curricular learning experiences, as well as support services, helping first-year students thrive and find their successes. 

Major-Based Peer Mentoring RAMP serves second year, third year, and new transfer students. These mentors help connect students with their academic department and support the development of an academic identity within a particular major.

RAMP will be fully operational as a virtual program this year. Please contact us if you have questions at hsu-ramp@humboldt.edu or (707) 826-5251 or (707) 826-4585.