By offering individualized, holistic advising, Douglass recognizes the distinct needs of first-year, sophomore and upper-class students, encouraging students to integrate their coursework and consider the ways in which their lives, identities, and histories connect to their college experience. Within those populations we also value the needs of transfer students and non-traditional aged students through the Mary I. Bunting Program. Advisers encourage all students to participate in outstanding opportunities available at Douglass and Rutgers University to enhance their academic growth, career and graduate school options, and resumés. In working with transfer students, we take account of transfer credits, the nature of the transition to Rutgers, and the need for transfer students to complete their degrees efficiently while focusing on a career path or graduate study.
In addition to our dedicated staff, deans, and advisers, Douglass' Peer Academic Leaders ("PALs") are located in every residence hall and also connect with commuter students. PALs are upper class students who implement programs and respond to various student concerns ranging from bus routes to bookstores, course loads and web registration. At the same time, the Douglass first year mission course offers new students an immediate sense of community within a large research university, along with an introduction to the academic expectations of Rutgers. Student mentors in every section provide instructional support. The Externship program offers networking opportunities and a chance to shadow an alumna in a career of the student's choice. By providing a strong, inclusive community, Douglass enables students to make a smooth transition to Rutgers and learn about the University's unique opportunities and programs as early as possible.
Douglass advising is a tremendous benefit offered to Douglass students on top of the academic advising they receive through their Rutgers undergraduate schools. Douglass advisers help students see the “whole picture” by drawing connections between majors, minors, and career possibilities, while enabling students to define their particular strengths and potentials.
Douglass advisers inform students about a range of relevant co-curricular or academic programs offered through Douglass and Rutgers, whether in the sciences or technology, arts and humanities, social sciences, professional areas, or research. Advisers help students connect their learning to real world situations and prepare them for the workforce, graduate or professional programs. Advisors meet with students during all years of their college journey, often forming close and lasting connections. Students may email advisers for appointments or use posted walk-in hours to meet with advisers almost any day of the week!
Many students need assistance discovering the multiple resources available at a large, top research university such as Rutgers, with its leadership programs, learning communities, service education, study abroad, externship, research and interdisciplinary opportunities. By familiarizing students with available programs, Douglass advisers help make the large university far more accessible. As part of the consortium for the Institutes for Women’s Leadership, Douglass students may also participate in a number of outstanding leadership programs for undergraduate women. Finally, through in-depth conversations, advisers suggest opportunities that will help each student develop critical skills and see herself as an agent of change in a rapidly changing world.
For more information about Douglass advising, contact Dean Rebecca Reynolds - via email or telephone (848-932-3026)