The Office of Student Affairs at Rhode Island College provides a mirage of services for both undergraduates and graduate students.
The Office of Student Life
The Office of Student Life helps students with typical problems or issues that arise over the course of their academic career. In addition to providing information, assistance, and referrals, the office advocates for changes in College policies, practices or procedures as students' needs and issues grow and evolve. The Office of Student Life also publishes the Student Handbook, arbitrates minor disciplinary infractions of a nonacademic nature, processes institutional withdrawals, and conducts, whenever possible, exit interviews with students leaving the College.
The Office of Student Life also publishes a weekly electronic newsletter during the Fall & Spring semesters called This Week @ RIC. This Week @ RIC includes numerous programs and activities happening at the College as well as important announcements. Archived issues of This Week @ RIC can be found here.
The Counseling Center
The Counseling Center exists to help students fully develop their intellectual, emotional and social potential, and to alleviate the distress and conflicts which may interfere with that development. The Center offers a wide range of services to assist students in their efforts to learn and thrive during a life stage and in an environment of both great opportunity and challenge. The main function is individual counseling and short-term psychotherapy for personal, career, and educational problems. In addition, the Center offers a variety of group workshops and programs, vocational interest and personality testing, substance abuse evaluation, crisis intervention, self-help literature and audiotapes, and a stress management laboratory. When problems are beyond the resources or competence of the Center's staff members, the Center will refer students to appropriate services in the community.
All of these services, which are available to any current Rhode Island College student, are free, confidential and professional.
Undergraduate Universal Advising
Mandatory advising for all undergraduate students is perhaps the most significant positive College-wide change to the academic program in many years. Following a successful pilot by the English Department and the BSW program in Spring 2008, mandatory advising went College-wide for all current students registering for Fall 2008 classes.
A series of advising workshops for department chairs, faculty, and staff, entitled “Best practices in Advising,” were held throughout the Spring 2008 semester. The mandatory advising initiative, as refined in practice, permitted considerable leeway with respect to implementation among the different academic departments, provided the overall objectives were met. Ultimately, success of the program depended greatly upon the work of the department chairs together with departmental faculty.
Mandatory advising strengthens the bond between students and faculty members. It also reinforces student identification with their major and with the College, and heightens the value of the educational experience for the student. The College's new advising initiative was seen as the single most effective way to strengthen retention, persistence, and timely completion of the degree. This, in turn helped to grow enrollment at the College and to increase the number of graduates.
The manual provides the academic procedures, policies and tips for all RIC students.
Students majoring in the teacher preparation/helping profession programs in FSEHD are assigned academic advisors who are knowledge about specific content and pedagogy.
Students are assigned advisors based upon their intended major (IM) and/or admission (ADMIT) to the FSEHD:
- Health Education - IM and ADMIT (assigned an advisor from HPE)
- Physical Education - IM and ADMIT (assigned an advisor from HPE)
- Technology Education - IM and ADMIT (assigned an advisor from Tech. Ed.)
- Music Education - IM and ADMIT (assigned an advisor from Music Ed.)
- Art Education - IM and ADMIT (assigned an advisor from Art Ed.)
- Secondary Education – IM (assigned an advisor from their content major)
- Secondary Education – ADMIT (addition to content advisor – assigned an advisor from Sec. Ed.)
- Elementary Education – IM (assigned an advisor from Office of Academic Support and Information Services (OASIS))
- Elementary Education – ADMIT (assigned both a content/special education and El. Ed. advisor)