Academic Advisors are available to meet with students for a variety of reasons. These include, but are limited to:
- Course Sequencing
Academic Advisors will meet with students each semester to assist in selecting courses for the upcoming semester.
- Educational Plans
As students progress through the BAC it becomes increasingly more important to not just plan for the next semester but to plan the best path through to graduation. As students reach this point their Academic Advisors will show them different options and help select a path that works best for each student. These plans can be modified as necessary.
- Time Management
Often time students will find that the schedule of design school is very different from what they have previously experienced. Academic Advisors are available to meet with students to assist in a variety of ways including: tools to balance work and school, learning more efficient study habits, individual time management planning sessions, and group workshops.
- Concerns about Academics
Students should come to their Academic Advisor with any concerns that they may have about their courses. The Academic Advisors can help students learn how to best navigate their concerns and give appropriate contacts for any additional support services that can be utilized.
- Curriculum Guidance
There are many aspects of the BAC curriculum that students will learn about and may need help to fully understand. Academic Advisors can help students in regards to the Portfolio Reviews, Thesis, Degree Project, and Progress Review processes.
- Practice-Related Advising
Practice advising is handled primarily by the Practice Department and students can meet with Practice Staff directly. However, Academic Services can be a resource to students for general Practice assistance. For help with resumes, cover letters, assembling a portfolio, or interview skills students can contact the LRC. If students have general questions about starting a job search, learning about what related jobs may earn practice credits, or need information about the sequence of Practice-related milestones in the curriculum their Academic Advisor will be able to assist them.
Instructors in any class may, at any time, can submit an Academic Warning for students who are not performing up to expectations. The instructor may recommend specific steps to be taken, such as a referral to the Learning Resource Center, as part of this submission. A copy of the warning is kept in the student's Academic Advising file, and the original is mailed directly to the student. Students who receive warnings are urged to meet with their Academic Advisor to assist in successfully completing the course.
Students in all degree programs are required to make satisfactory progress toward their degree. If a student's grade point average fall below the program minimum required, the student will be placed on academic probation and be required to sign a probation contact, also known as a Contract for Educational Progress (CEP). Students on Academic Probation will meet with their Academic Advisor to fill out the CEP and have additional meetings during the semester.
The BAC does not provide on-site mental health counseling (i.e. for stress, depression, addiction, etc.) or testing services for learning disabilities. However, the BAC is partnered with AllOne Health Resources to provide the Talk One2One Student Assistance Program (SAP). The SAP can provide counseling and make referrals to local organizations that can be of assistance in these areas. The staff in Academic Services can also assist students in contacting the SAP or providing referrals. Please contact the Director of Academic Services at 617.585.0274 or the Assistant Director of Academic Services at 617.585.0215 for further assistance.
The BAC offers reasonable accommodations to students who otherwise cannot reach their academic potential due to a learning disability, physical impairment, medical/psychological condition, or unforeseen circumstances that may arise during the course of their studies. All forms of accommodations are tailored specifically to the individual student, and requests must meet guidelines for educational benefit. Accommodations must maintain academic integrity and a realization of required learning objectives.
The Director of Academic Services, acts as the Disabilities Services staff member at the BAC. All students seeking accommodations should contact her and do two things:
- Provide official documentation of their disability. Documentation should be recent (within three years) and from a certified professional (for further information as to what qualifies as "official" please contact the Director directly.
- Complete a Learning and Physical Disability Notification Form.
All disability information is kept confidential and is used to determine appropriate student accommodations.
In order to make sure requests are received and acted upon in a timely manner, the student should contact the Director of Academic Services as soon as possible upon admission to the BAC. Waiting until the first days or weeks of classes may unnecessarily delay accommodations. Contact the Director at 617.585.0215 or to discuss disability related issues or accommodations.
Please note: Students must also make arrangements for new accommodations at the start of every semester. Academic Services will not make any arrangements unless a specific request is made each term.
- General Questions
Academic Advisors are available to assist students with any general questions they may have about the BAC or their programs of study. If students have a question and they aren't sure who to ask, they should start with their Academic Advisor and s/he will direct them to the appropriate office.
All students are assigned an Academic Advisor when they enter the BAC. Students will receive this information during New Student Orientation or they can contact Academic Advising if they have any questions. Students are allowed to change their Academic Advisors when necessary, but must do so by contacting Academic Advising.
Academic Advisors are available by appointment and during specific drop-in times throughout the year. Appointments can be made Monday through Thursday between the hours of 9:00am and 7:00pm. To schedule an appointment you can go in person to the office, call the general Academic Advising line at 617.585.0160, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important: Appointments must be scheduled at least 3 days in advance and, if necessary, must be canceled 24 hours in advance.