Metro Advising

Resources for Advisors

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Metro Academies Advising Services Overview

The Metro Academies Advising Program provides year-round academic advising services to Metro students through Metro Academies staffed professional academic counselors, graduate intern counselors, trained peer counselors, as well as in collaboration with other academic counselors on campus including advisors from the Equal Opportunity Program (EOP) and various College Resource Centers at SF State.  If a Metro student is also a part of EOP, he or she is expected to meet solely with his or her EOP Advisor. 

 

Metro Advising Contacts

If you have any questions or need support in advising a Metro Academy student, please do not hesitate to call or email us at metroadv@sfsu.edu

Metro Advising Coordinator

Portia Ignacio

Phone: 415-338-1303

Metro Academy Advising Student Assistant

Daesha Jordan

 

        Metro Academy Academic Advisor Assignments

  Academic Advisor Academy
  

  Jasmin Bomanjee

  jsboman@sfsu.edu

  ADM 211

Metro Academy of Education 

  Pricila Brambila

  pbrambil@mail.sfsu.edu

  ADM 211

Metro Academy of Science

  April Chartrand

  achart@mail.sfsu.edu

Metro Academy of Liberal &

Creative Arts 1

  Andy Gomez

  jgomez4@mail.sfsu.edu

  ADM 211

Metro Academy of Health &

Human Services II

  Portia Ignacio

  pignacio@sfsu.edu

  ADM 211

Metro Advising Coordinator 

CAD & Engineering 

  Jasmine Kamariotis

  jkamario@mail.sfsu.edu

  LCA Advising Resource Center

  HUM 104

Metro Academy of Liberal &

Creative Arts II

  Herman Lee

  hklee@sfsu.edu

  ADM 211

Metro Academy of Ethnic Studies 

  Amy Wang 

  emaah310@mail.sfsu.edu

  ADM 211

Metro Academy of Health &

Human Services I

  Sara Malmquist-West

  smalmqui@mail.sfsu.edu

  BUS 311

Metro Academy of Business

 

Basics for Advisors

1.  A Metro Student is required to seek advising as part of their Metro course assignments.

Metro students see an advisor 2 times in either the Fall or Spring of the first year, and once a semester in their second year. Students are instructed to identify themselves as Metro students to help Advisors they are working with to best support them.

2.  There are 10 Metro Academies in Fall 2016

Students are placed in a Metro Academy based on a major or career interest. Below is the list of academies:  

3.  Metro Course Sequence: Students take 1-2 courses every semester with their Metro Academy cohort in a certain sequence for the first two years of college.

The specific sections for the Metro courses are specific to a particular Metro Academy cohort and are taken a specific course sequence. Students are informed of the specific course section numbers through an email from Metro.  If you need information about the particular Metro course sections, you can email metroadv@sfsu.eduClick here to see Metro Course Sequence.

4.  Metro College Success Program can accomodate and complement many majors.  Click here to see more information about Majors and Metro

5. If you have any questions about advising a Metro student, we are more than happy to help support you!  Please email metroadv@sfsu.edu.

                                             

Majors and Metro College Success Program

Many of the Metro Academies can accommodate and complement many majors.  The table below lists which majors may be the best fit for each academy.  You can also click here to download a Metro Academies & Majors Advising Cheat Sheet (PDF Link), which contains the information below.

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Metro Academies Course Opt-out Policy

Metro Course Opt-out Policy:  If it is in the best interest of the student, weighing all costs and benefits of remaining in the Metro Academies course sequencing versus not doing so, the Metro Academies courses taken may be altered based on individual student circumstances as determined by an Advisor working directly with a student in collaboration with the Metro Academies Advising Coordinator.  We prefer students to follow the set course sequence if at all possible to receive the maximum and intended benefit from being a part of Metro, however, we will consider individual student situations on a case by case basis.

Context & Rationale:  Metro Academies course sequencing aims to serve the best interest of as many of the students as possible in the program, however, this is not possible for every single student based on the fact that students have different needs academically (ie, major requirements, skill levels, etc.).  Thus, we have developed the following policy regarding students who may be best served by opting out of certain Metro Academy courses. 

 

Course Opt-out Policy Guide: 

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First Year Metro College Success Program Advising Requirement

First year Metro students are required to attend at least two academic advising appointments within their freshman year.  These two advising appointments are required assignments within the first Metro Academy Core Foundation Course* and the student will know when they will need to complete the requirement.

Metro students who are also a part of the Equal Opportunity Program (EOP) are expected to meet with their EOP Advisor for these two mandatory appointments.  Metro students who are not a part of the EOP program, are expected to meet with the Metro Advising Coordinator, Metro Advising Graduate Intern, or Undergraduate Advising Center Counselor that is assigned to the student’s particular Metro Academy.

EOP-Metro Students: Metro students who are also a part of the Equal Opportunity Program (EOP) are expected to meet with their EOP Advisor for these two mandatory appointments.

ADVISING REQUIREMENT 1: 30-minute Check-in Advising Appointment.
At the minimum, advisors are expected to review the student’s current class schedule, assess student’s current progress, and whether any additional support or referrals are needed such as tutoring, student success skills workshops, etc.  If the student is currently taking remedial math or english courses, advisors are expected to review the 1 year remediation rule including the minimum grades the student must achieve in order to be compliant with the remediation policy. If the student is on academic probation, advisors are expected to review the academic probation policy including the minimum grades the student must achieve in order to be compliant with this policy, as well as develop a strategy for the student to increase his or her likelihood of achieving at least a 2.0 GPA.  As the advisor deems appropriate, he or she may cover any additional topics that are relevant for the individual student which may include, but is not limited to: general education, university requirements, using and reading the university bulletin, exploring major/minor, major courses, adjustment to college, etc.

In order to document that students have met the first advising appointment requirement, advisors are expected to fill out the Advising Verification Form which the students will turn in to their HED 120 foundation course professor.

Download Advising Verification Form (PDF Link)
 

ADVISING REQUIREMENT 2:  Complete a 2 Year Education Plan
Advisors are expected to support student in selecting and planning courses for the student’s subsequent 2-3 semesters (which covers student until the end of the second year in college) and recording these planned courses on the Metro Education Plan, which is specific to each Metro Academy and when the student is enrolled in his or her Metro Academy Core Foundation Course.*   Metro students will be given a paper and electronic copy of their Education Plan to fill out with their advisor. In the event that you need access to this form, they are included here.  If you need support in identifying the Metro Academy to which a student belongs or whether the student is a “Fall Start” or “Spring Start” student, you can email metro@sfsu.edu.

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Education Plans

Education Plans for the first two years of college are a signature service provided to Metro students. Education Plans are specific to a student’s Metro Academy and Cohort. 

Education Plans

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How to tell when a student is in his or her First Metro Academy Core Foundation Course

A Metro student is enrolled in the first Metro Academy Core Foundation course in either the Fall or Spring semester of the student’s first year.  A Metro student is considered a “Fall Start” student if he or she takes the first Metro Academy Core Foundation course in the fall of freshman year.   A Metro student is considered a “Spring Start” student if he or she takes the first Metro Academy Core Foundation course in the spring of freshman year.  If you need support in identifying the Metro Academy to which a student belongs or whether the student is a “Fall Start” or “Spring Start” student, you can email metro@sfsu.edu.

A Note About Cohort A and B

Metro students are organized into a Metro Academy and also a cohort within an Academy, either A or B.

Cohort A students take their first Metro Core Foundation course in the fall of freshman year.  

Cohort B students take their first Metro Core Foundation course in the spring of freshman year.

The first Metro Academy Core Foundation course varies by Metro Academy.  The first Metro Academy Core Foundation courses for each academy are the following: 

 

Metro Academy of Child Development H ED 120
Metro Academy of Engineering H ED 120
Metro Academy of Ethnic Studies ETHS 100
Metro Academy of Health I and Health II H ED 120
Metro Academy of Liberal & Creative Arts CINE 102
Metro Academy of Sciences H ED 120

STUDENT EXAMPLES:

(1)    If a student is in the Metro Academy of Engineering and you can see on their transcript that they were enrolled in H ED 120 in the Fall of their freshman year, he or she would be considered a Metro Academy of Engineering, Fall Start cohort student.

(2)    If a student is in the Metro Academy of Liberal & Creative Arts and he or she is currently enrolled in CINE 102 during their freshman spring semester, he or she would be considered a Metro Academy of Liberal & Creative Arts, Spring Start cohort student.

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