For Major Advisors

Starting April 4, students will be able to search and see courses for fall and summer 2022 through their new information and registration system, Path @Penn. Path @Penn is the student analog to Advising@Penn which is the suite of advising tools for advisors.

Advance registration for fall courses runs from April 18 through May 1. Starting April 18, students can register for summer courses in real time.

There will be a transition period through the summer, during which advisors and students will use the InTouch system and the new @Penn system for academic planning and registration. 

As advisors, you  will use Advisor InTouch to  

  • Access current advisees' spring 2022 schedules.
  • View advisees' academic planning worksheets and understand degree requirements.
  • View advisees' transcripts.

Once you and your advisees have assessed in the InTouch system which requirements they have fulfilled and which requirements remain, you will turn to the @Penn systems to search and register for summer and fall courses. 

As advisors, you will use Advising@Penn to: 

  • Access CourseLeaf Path which is the course search and registration tool in the @Penn systems.
  • In CourseLeaf Path you will...
    • Search for courses for fall and summer 2022 as part of your advising conversations with students.
    • Lift registration holds.
    • View and leave notes. 
    • IT IS IMPORTANT that you and students ignore the Degree Audit and Explore Plan features in CourseLeaf Path. Since there are no spring courses in the new system along with other issues degree requirements issues, these features will not give you an accurate assessment of the requirements you have met and those that still remain for your degree plan. Again, we advise you to look to your Penn InTouch worksheet for the best assessment of your degree requirements.

For more information on how to use the InTouch and @Penn systems for spring advising, see the resources below...

You should contact your advisees now if you haven’t already.  You should determine how you will make and hold appointments with your advisees. We strongly urge you to use video chat or phone for appointments rather than email but we also support flexibility for students who cannot make synchronous times that also work for you.  Some options for remote communication are:

COMMUNICATION OPTIONS

  • Email
  • Consider WhatsApp (whatsapp.com) and Skype or Zoom if your advisees have those apps.
  • Activate your Zoom account.
  • Phone: You can use call forwarding from your direct office phone number in case you have advisees who don’t have internet access. Choose “Features & Voicemail” and then choose “Call Forward...” and enter your cell/home number. You can send your advisees your direct office phone number and when they call it, it will forward to your cell/home phone. Callers will not see your number.  Remind advisees to pick up the “blocked” call from you at the time you agree to talk.
  • Consider adding your remote app IDs/links (e.g. Skype: jane.doe; Zoom: https://sasupenn.zoom.us/my/janedoe; Calendly: https://calendly.com/jdoe) to your email signature.
  • Appointments: Calendly (https://calendly.com/) is recommended for scheduling appointments.  You can set it up so that Calendly feeds from your Outlook calendar and students can make appointments with an url.

In order to use some of this technology, you may need to:

  • Update your home computer's operating system and web browsers.
  • Test your computer's video camera and microphone.
  • Consult with your School or Office computing support to request remote access.

referring students to the right resources

The following will help you guide your advisees toward appropriate resource centers and support services:

Annex Links

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