Your HCOL advising relationship lasts as long as you are a student in the Honors College. During your first year, an HCOL academic advisor works with you as your navigate the transition from high school to college and begins an ongoing conversation with you about your academic interests and future career goals. The same advsior works with students in their second year to discuss choice of major, career goals, and plans for study abroad when appropriate. Students are encouraged to seek mentoring relationships with faculty in their home colleges early in their second year; those faculty relationships form the basis of a great deal of HCOL-related Junior and Senior-year advising when the focus is on preparation for and then execution of the Senior Thesis project. Students in the Honors College will often find that advisors in the Fellowships, Opportunities, and Undergratuate Reearch office are enormously valuable throughout their career at UVM, but in particular during the final two years. And students are, of course, welcome to seek advice from HCOL staff at any time during their time in the Honors College.
Advising in the Honors College (HCOL)
As an HCOL student, you are a dual citizen at UVM with academic ties to your home undergraduate college and to the Honors College. Together with your assigned advisor in your degree-granting college, Honors College academic advisors help you navigate HCOL course requirements and can often refer you to university resources that will enable you to thrive and enjoy a successful UVM experience. In addition to guiding you to academic support resources, an Honors College advisor can direct you to opportunities across the University including opportunities to join clubs and organizations, get involved in the community, study abroad, pursue undergraduate research, apply for competitive fellowships, or explore work related to career and professional development.
Advising during Fall 2020
The Honors College is committed to providing holistic advising and academic support to ensure student success. Because we value the continued health of all members of the UVM community, HCOL advising services will adapt this fall to meet the safety needs presented by Covid-19. This message outlines important changes to how advising meetings will be conducted this semester.
The offices of Scott Clark and Martha Lance will be located in the FOUR office suite, which can be found on the north side of the U-Heights North building. Similar to many staff across the university, however, Scott and Martha will largely continue working remotely. All advising services they provide will continue in full, uninterrupted. Advising meetings will take place remotely via Microsoft Teams. As always, you can schedule a Teams meeting with your designated Honors College advisor via the Navigate app.
In-person meetings may be requested via email to support extraordinary circumstances. Requests for in-person meetings are subject to the approval of the advising team and must be scheduled with advance notice. Please keep in mind that in an emergency, students should call 911 or UVM Police Services at (802) 656-3473.
Many of you will be living with roommates, and we appreciate the importance of privacy during remote advising meetings. With that in mind, we encourage you to schedule advising meetings at times that meet any privacy concerns you may have. We also encourage you to have open conversations with your roommates about your mutual privacy needs when you meet with campus resources remotely this semester.
Weather permitting, weekly drop-in advising hours will occur outside on Wednesday afternoons, in a canopy tent in the courtyard just to the east of University Heights North. Weekly drop-ins will continue as far into the semester as the weather allows.
Amid the challenging circumstances that necessitate the changes above, Scott and Martha are committed to helping you maintain a fulfilling, enriching education and life during this time. We look forward to embracing the challenges ahead with you, and to supporting your academic and personal success.
The Advising Relationship
Both advisor and advisee share responsibilities and expectations.
Your Advisor in the Honors College:
- Is a facilitator of communication, a coordinator of learning experiences, an academic progress reviewer, and a referral agent. We want you to be cognizant of the many opportunities UVM affords for personal and academic growth. We are here to help you achieve your academic and personal goals.
- Helps you make informed decisions throughout your UVM career. We want you to have a rich and rewarding college experience and will refer you to appropriate resources on campus.
- Operates within a holistic vision of advising; we know that impediments to academic success are often complex.
- Listens to you and helps you clarify academic and career goals.
- Helps you interpret academic requirements and policies, and complements the advice you receive from your formal, undergraduate advisor.
- Connects you with opportunities for undergraduate research.
- Directs you to experiential and career development opportunities across the university.
- Reviews your academic performance and GPA (3.20 is required to remain in HCOL) and helps you work out an academic plan for success.
- Creates a customized student success strategy just for you. We sit down with you and help you prepare a comprehensive plan for a successful undergraduate education based on your skills and career aspirations.
As an Advisee in the Honors College:
- You accept responsibility for your own decisions.
- Keep your advisor informed if you encounter issues that hinder your academic success. Your advisor can help you find necessary supports, both personal and academic.
- Come prepared for your meetings with your advisor.
- Seek advising from your home college advisor for specific degree requirements.
All HCOL staff and the faculty who teach HCOL courses are accessible to students and may become valuable resources to you. The HCOL staff offices are on the first floor of University Heights North and are open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Primary Advising Personnel and Their Roles in the Honors College
As an advisor in the Honors College, Martha focuses on the success and holistic wellbeing of students. Martha supports students as they build a comprehensive plan for their time at UVM and beyond. She is available for advising and supporting students as they develop academic success strategies, pursue intellectual interests, find opportunities for engagement outside the classroom, choose a major, and set career goals. Martha also manages and leads the HCOL Peer Mentor Program and strongly advocates for student voice in advising. In her spare time, Martha enjoys dogs, opera, fly fishing, watching herons, ospreys and eagles on the Lake, and reading.
Through highly individualized holistic academic advising, Scott supports Honors College students as they explore and sharpen their academic, cocurricular, personal, and vocational interests and goals; connect with resources across campus and in the broader community; and secure academic mentors in their home colleges. Scott is also a point person for HCOL students planning to study abroad. He co-chairs HCOL’s Committee on Equity and Inclusion and supervises the Student Equity Action Committee. Outside of work, Scott enjoys running, hiking, activism, and frolicking with his two-year-old Border collie mix.
IAN GRIMMER, Associate Dean
The Associate Dean oversees the first year curriculum and expectations related to the completion of the senior thesis.
Peer Mentors are current Honors College upperclass students who work closely with first years as they navigate the transition to college and life in Honors College. First year Honors College students are assigned a peer mentor as a person that they can go to during their first semester on campus with any questions about finding their "niche" on campus. In addition to advising groups of students, Honors College Peer Mentors organize events for all HCOL students including drop-in advising socials, de-stressing events during finals, and other activities in the College that build connections and camaraderie. Read more about the peer mentors here.
Other Advising Resources
Honors College Faculty
The faculty who teach HCOL courses are carefully selected and also provide academic mentoring to students.