UM Advising Commons

Early Alert Info Page

In an effort to provide a directory of resources for students with DEF grades and their advisors, Brian French and I have compiled a list of relevant materials for UM’s Early Alert program. To view this page, go to or select the “Early Alert” page in the top right corner of the Advising Commons blog.

This warning system asks instructors in 100 and 200 level courses to identify students in their classes who appear to be struggling, either due to poor early exam grades, missing assignments, or excessive absences. An instructor submits a “DEF” grade code on an unofficial class roster to identify these students; the students can view their midterm grades via Cyberbear.

This resource page contains a description of Early Alert, a template email for advisors contacting students, a suggested course of action for students, and several helpful links to resources. If there are additional materials you’d like to see added to the blog, please let us know.


October 19, 2010 Posted by | Advising, Online Resources | Leave a comment

Academic Planner Advisor User Group

As a follow-up to the presentation of the Academic Planner V2 at the 2010 advising retreat, Technology Support Services would like to form an advising user group that could assist in defining the requirements for version 3. The question to be answered is what features could be added to the Academic Planner to make it more useful for advisor-advisee interaction. The plan is to meet in mid-August to brainstorm on this topic. If you would like to participate, please contact Loey Knapp at x6309 or

~Submitted by Loey Knapp, Information Technology Office

August 9, 2010 Posted by | Advising, Advising Retreat, Online Resources | Leave a comment

New Transfer Credit Evaluation Designations

Transfer Credit Evaluation

If a transfer course is equivalent to a UM course, it will be listed as such on the evaluation.  Transfer courses without UM equivalencies are listed as elective credit.  Elective credit was previously listed as 199 (lower division) or 399 (upper division).   These numbers are no longer used as a result of the new MUS common course numbering system.  The new codes designating elective credit are as follows:

TR1 – Lower-Division Elective (freshman level)

TR2 – Lower-Division Elective (sophomore level)

TR3 – Upper-Division Elective (junior level)

TR4 – Upper-Division Elective (senior level)

Courses accepted toward UM’s general education requirements are designated by symbols after the course number, such as TR1H, TR2S, etc.   Courses that are considered double dippers carry both notations – i.e., HY counts as Historical & Culture Studies (H) and also the American & European  Perspective (Y).

~Submitted by Lou Laakso, Evaluation Supervisor, Enrollment Services-Admissions

August 5, 2010 Posted by | Advising, Curriculum Updates, General Education, Online Resources | Leave a comment


What is UADVISE?

UADVISE is a new Banner advising form created by UM’s Undergraduate Advising Center and Enterprise Information Systems to monitor student information that is pertinent to advising. This form was created for several reasons:

  • To create an accessible, electronic record of advising provided to students.
  • To consolidate information from many Banner forms onto a single form.
  • To facilitate the efficient “handing off” of advising records between advisors and departments.
  • To monitor student academic status with query capability (e.g. sort by advisor and academic status, extract students on probation or suspension, etc).
  • To create an electronic monitoring system for general education and graduation requirements.
  • To give advisors the ability to leave comments and summarize advising appointments (this information will be accessible to all advisors).
  • To reduce the amount of duplicated work by advisors and create a more efficient and transparent advising record system.

Individuals who would like to use UADVISE should contact Brian French at 406.243.2565. For more information and the official training manual, click here.

~Submitted by Brian French, Undergraduate Advising Center

August 5, 2010 Posted by | Advising, Online Resources | 1 Comment

Advising 2.0: Utilizing Web 2.0 Resources in Academic Advising


Brian French, The University of Montana-Missoula

The emergence and growth of Web 2.0 software has introduced various new methods for communication in academic advising. The days when communication technology tools were limited to the telephone and email are over as various campus departments experiment with Web 2.0 communication tools to supplement the more traditional means of reaching students. This article describes the basics of some of the more popular Web 2.0 software, discusses how academic advising efforts can be complemented by Web 2.0 tools, and offers suggestions on how to best implement Web 2.0 resources through effective campus collaborations.

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July 9, 2010 Posted by | Advising, Online Resources | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

English Composition Website

The English Department has a new webpage dedicated to the Composition Program at UM. It contains valuable information on placement in writing courses, as well as pages specific for Writ 101, 201 and 540. The web address is:

~Submitted by Laura Wright, Academic Advisor, Department of English

July 7, 2010 Posted by | Academics, Advising, Assessment Exams, Online Resources, Summer Orientation | Leave a comment

Academic Advising at the Universtiy of Montana

This video outlines how to look up advisor assignments and how to prepare for advising appointments.

June 11, 2010 Posted by | Advising, Online Resources, Videos | Leave a comment

Exercise Science Major Checklist

Excel Checklist for Exercise Science Majors

Student Advising page for Exercise Science Majors

~Submitted by Steven Gaskill, Ph. D., Health and Human Performance

May 11, 2010 Posted by | Advising, Advising Retreat, Forms, Online Resources | Leave a comment

Online Resources for F’10 Advising

As promised, below find some handy Autumn Semester 2010 advising resources to pass along to advisors.  Thanks for assisting with the dissemination of this information


CyberBear Dynamic Search Page (live information)

New Course Search Tool (live information)

Autumn 2010 Advisory Course Schedule (static information extracted 26 March 2010 – not updatable and not necessarily current, PDF version)

CyberBear Dynamic Schedule


UM’s New Course Numbering Web Site

New Course Number Translation Guide (PDF version)

~Submitted by Edwin Johnson, Registrar

April 5, 2010 Posted by | Advising, Online Resources | Leave a comment

Common Course Numbering

This semester, UM and other Montana Universities will undergo a second batch of course rubric reorganization. The UAC recommends using the MUS Campus search feature to view the changes via the official MUS (Montana University System) Common Course Numbering Transfer guide.

February 19, 2010 Posted by | Online Resources | Leave a comment