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The Faculty Advising Resource

A young man was picking up objects off the beach and tossing them out into the sea. A second man approached him, and saw that the objects were starfish.

‘Why in the world are you throwing starfish into the water?’

‘If the starfish are still on the beach when the tide goes out and the sun rises high in the sky, they will die,’ replied the young man.

‘That’s ridiculous. There are thousands of miles of beach and millions of starfish. You can’t really believe that what you’re doing could possibly make a difference!’

The young man picked up another starfish, paused thoughtfully, and remarked as he tossed it out into the waves, ‘It makes a difference to this one.’

— “The Star Thrower,” Loren Eiseley, 1978

The Advisor Advocate is a wide range of information to support undergraduate academic advising efforts and is divided into ten categories. When you are ready to explore, you may link into each category title listed below or in the menu at right.

  1. Academic Curriculum Information
    • IUP undergraduate degrees and majors
    • Academic minors and undergraduate credit certificates
    • Credit earning opportunities beyond the traditional IUP classroom
  2. Academic Support for Students
    • Academic record awareness, rights, and policies
    • Basically this...Learning the Language of College
    • Ethics, integrity, and conduct
    • Support programs for students
  3. Admission, Scheduling, and Registration
    • Academic status and Academic standing
    • Graduation (undergraduate) and Commencement
    • Registration process information
    • Student entry points for noncredit education programs
    • Transfer credit, transcript evaluation, and transfer services
  4. Advisor Common Space
    • Information to keep handy
    • IUP catalogs, handbooks, and guides
    • IUP Libraries and technology
    • Understanding transfer credit services
    • University planning and curriculum actions
    • Web resources outside of IUP
  5. Career and Major/Degree Exploration
    • Exploration resources
  6. Contacts for Academic Program and Support
    • A quick-needs contact list
  7. Financing College
    • Financial and scholarship information
  8. Presentations and Newsletters
    • Articles
    • Newsletters
    • Presentations
  9. Student Life, Health, and News
    • The Campus Compass
    • Health guidance and intervention
    • University news and information forums
  10. Assisting the Undecided Student
    • Where oh where to turn?
  • Advising and Testing Center
  • Pratt Hall, Room 216
    201 Pratt Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-4067
  • Fax: 724-357-2889
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–Noon
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.