Students Advisory Committee – Policies and Procedures:
Riyadh Elm University (Formerly RCsDP) 2016-2020 Strategic Plan emphasizes in its goal no. 3 on cultivating and emphasizing REU climate that encourages student success by establishing a highly responsive and consistent advising system for REU students.
Academic advising is a dynamic relationship between advisors and students to support the students’ educational and career success. Advisors provide guidance on academic policies and regulations, learning opportunities, and other resources available on campus that offer academic and personal support.
The students’ advisory committee will target all REU students in coordination with the faculty members.
- Identification of students requiring more attention will be sought at two successive levels:
1) First level: At the level of the course director: In the event of observing students with weak performance or low attendance rate, each course director will invite these students to for a private meeting in his office during the office hours to try to resolve any conflicts, clarify/explain any difficult topics, and motivate the students. This is to be done up to week no. 6 of the semester.
2) Second level: the department and Student advisory committee: Each course director will raise a list student names who remained weak and failed to improve after utilizing the previous step to:
- The academic department: The department chairman will discuss these cases with the course director (either individually or in the department meeting) trying to seek ways to improve the performance of these students.
- The students’ advisory committee: the committee members will work on those students, by studying each case individually, through private interviews with the students aiming to identify and address the student’s difficulties, and putting plans, as well as follow up plans to enhance the student’s academic performance in close collaboration with the course directors and academic departments.
- Targeting students with low GPA:
In another parallel track, the students’ advisory committee will focus more on those students needing improvement with a GPA < 2.75. For each student, the advisory committee will communicate with all his/her course directors, asking them to do the following:
1) Invite each student for a private meeting in the faculty’s office to explore the causes of his weak performance. This is best done during the faculty’s office hours.
2) Put a written action plan together with the student, to overcome any difficulties and help improve the student performance.
3) Send the student’s attendance and quizzes’ marks weekly to the students’ advisory committee with a copy to be sent to the department chairman.
4) Full documentation of all the previous steps in the student follow up form. This form will be signed by both the course director and the student. All filled forms will then be sent to the Students advisory committee for achieving.