20 NSU STUDENT HANDBOOK 2023-24 GRADES Students can access their grades via Self Service Banner (SSB) on the web page. Access continues for 6 months after last attendance at NSU. Students may wish to print/save an unofficial copy of their transcript for their own records while they still have access. After that, former students may request a transcript. ACADEMIC ADVISING The overall objective of academic advising is to help students realize the maximum educational benefits available to them at Northern State University. Academic advising may include all aspects of academic success, including academic planning and progress, academic policies and procedures, class registration, and exploration of NSU programs. Academic advisors should: • Understand and effectively communicate the curriculum, graduation requirements, and university policies and procedures • Encourage and guide students as they define and develop realistic goals • Encourage and support students as they gain the skills to develop clear and attainable educational plans • Provide students with information about and strategies for utilizing the available resources and services on campus While advisors are available for help and guidance, students must assume the ultimate responsibility for the course of their educational careers. Students should: • Schedule regular appointments with the advisor during each semester • Come prepared to each appointment with questions or material for discussion • Be an active learner by participating fully in the advising experience • Ask questions • Clarify personal values and goals and provide advisor with accurate information regarding interests and abilities • Become knowledgeable about college programs, policies, and procedures ADVISOR ASSIGNMENTS Each student will work with an assigned professional advisor. Contact the Advising Center for more information about advisor assignments and requests. General Information on Advising/Registration Procedures • Professional advisors will assist students with their initial registration. • Contact the appropriate offices for more information about policies and procedures. • Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor at least once per semester. • Students who pre-register and later decide to cancel their registration should notify the Registrar’s Office and their professional advisor. ACADEMIC LOAD The unit of credit is a semester hour representing one lecture period a week for the semester. Three hours of laboratory work is considered the equivalent of one hour of lecture. For each hour of credit, a student should expect to spend up to three hours a week in class or study.