• Discuss student’s career and personal goals.
  • Discuss student’s continued progression in the major.
  • Clarify specific academic interests within the major.
  • Ensure student is on target with desired graduation date.
  • Discuss the petition process if student has transferred course work from another institution.
    • Prepare appropriate petitions-- Get these in early as possible especially if the student is a transfer student
  • Discuss DARS.
    • Check for 60 credit hours at four-year institution.
      The catalog states students must complete 60 credit hours offered for the bachelor’s degree at an accredited senior college.
    • Check that the student is on track with completing all UD required coursework in the major
    • Check for final 30 credit hours in residence.
      Students must complete the last 30 credit hours of credit offered for the bachelor’s degree in residence at UT’s Knoxville campus. Special arrangements to allow study abroad courses, work taken at other UT campuses, and all other requests for waiving this requirement must be approved by the dean of the college in which the student is enrolled.
    • Point out honors qualifications.
      Honors are conferred upon graduating undergraduate students who have displayed a high level of achievement during their university career. Recipients of honors receive their degrees with
      • cum laude: 3.5 through 3.64.
      • magna cum laude: 3.65 through 3.79.
      • summa cum laude: 3.8 through 4.0.

      These honors categories are based on a student’s cumulative average at the end of the semester preceding the graduation semester. Students must have earned at least 60 credit hours at UT in order to qualify for honors categories. If, at graduation, a student’s grade point average would allow a higher honors category than that determined at the end of the semester preceding the graduation semester, the student will receive a substitute diploma indicating the higher category. Chancellor’s Honors are conferred upon graduating students who have completed the Chancellor’s Honors Program.

  • Confirm eligible catalog year.
    Undergraduate students can graduate under any catalog in effect starting with the semester they entered the university provided it is no more than six years old. If the student was not enrolled at UT in any entire academic year, they may not graduate under that catalog. They may select a catalog even if they were enrolled for only one term during the catalog year. A catalog year is the fall-spring-summer terms, i.e., fall semester 2011, spring semester 2012, and summer 2012. For whichever catalog is selected by the student, all the degree requirements, including University General Education of the catalog selected. General education requirements must be met. A DARS report is needed to confirm meeting general education and all other degree requirements.
  • Discuss major course content, and plan courses through end of graduation.
  • Discuss special seminars/topic courses as well as conferences or workshops student can attend.
  • Discuss available research opportunities.
  • Talk about what recent graduates are doing with their degrees.
  • Refer to career services for “What can I do with this major?”
  • Send student to CASNR liaison (Mary Mahoney) in the Career Services office for one-on-one appointment.
  • Discuss student’s post graduate plans.
  • Discuss study abroad.
  • Review graduation application and timeline.
  • Discuss summer employment or intern opportunities.
  • Encourage continued communication.
  • Encourage continued proactive approach to checking DARS and tracking academic progress to degree completion.