Frequently Asked Questions by Faculty
for Faculty Advising and Course Enrollment
- What are the key dates and actions I need to be aware of?
- What is new in faculty advising?
- What does the faculty advising online web app do?
- What if a student misses my faculty advising session?
- Am I supposed to see a student who is not one of my official advisees?
- What are students supposed to bring to my advising session?
- Why are there two different versions of the Degree Planning Worksheet?
- Do Fall 2013 graduating seniors need to do anything special?
- What if my advisee's code does not show in the system?
- Do options still matter?
- Will there be a review of the new faculty advising system?
What are the key dates and actions I need to be aware of?
- March 08-19 midnight Web app opened to faculty to input advising preferences and complete information
- March 20 Faculty opting for group advising receive room assignments
- March 20 Web app opened for first right of refusal for returning students to keep or change current faculty adviser
- March 22 Web app accessible to all students to select faculty on a first-come, first-served basis
- April 1 Faculty advising begins
- April 8 Tele-BEARS Phase I begins
What is new in faculty advising?
Improvements in the faculty interface:
- Faculty can change from group advising to individual advising without contacting web administrators.
- Faculty can email their list of advisees directly.
- Faculty can confirm which students came to their advising session.
Improvements in the student interface:
The student view allows students to sort faculty by EE or CS. The student view also allows students to see a faculty's divisional designation (EE or CS), area of interest and advising preference information all at once.
What does the faculty advising online web app do?
- CalNet authentication. When you navigate to the Advising web app url you will be prompted to log in using CalNet authentication.
- Student and faculty interface. The web app provides both a faculty and student interface and allows faculty to self-report advising areas.
Faculty provides advising preference.
The system will initially ask for your advising preference, either group or individual advising. If you opt for group advising the system will prompt you to provide three dates and times in which you would like your group advising session scheduled. Department staff will get back to you by the designated date with confirmation of your date, time and room assignment.
If you opt for individual advising the system will prompt you to provide instructions to students regarding how you wish to set individual appointments (i.e. sign-up sheet on your door, contact your assistant, email you directly, etc.). Faculty doing individual advising should make appointments available early in the first week of advising to accommodate students with early Tele-BEARS appointments.
Students choose their own adviser.
The department no longer assigns faculty advisers. Students are provided a list of available faculty and will have the opportunity to select his or her own faculty adviser.
Faculty advisers will have a predetermined number of advising slots, these slots will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- Alignment of faculty student interests no longer "options" driven. The web application will not use options as a way of guiding students to a particular faculty adviser. Instead the system will use a faculty's self-reported advising area of EE, CS or EECS. Faculty will provide a greater level of specialization by listing her/his sub area (i.e. Artificial Intelligence, Integrated Circuits, etc.). Students are also advised to select faculty with advising sessions that work optimally with their Tele-BEARS appointment time.
- Viewable advisee information. Faculty will be able to view FERPA protected information only for her/his students (including student emails, advisor codes and GPA) in a password protected environment.
What if a student misses my faculty advising session?
- Students should attend your office hours
- As always, students with course related questions will have priority over Tele-BEARS advising questions You should review the student's schedule
- Sign the student's Tele-BEARS form
- Students bring their Tele-BEARS form to 205 Cory to receive their adviser code
Am I supposed to see a student who is not one of my official advisees?
Please be prepared to see students who are in need of a faculty review of their planned schedule and are in your academic area.
- Students should attend office hours
- As always, students with course related questions will have priority over Tele-BEARS advising
- Provide a signature on the student's Tele-BEARS form
- You are under no obligation to see these students prior to their Tele-BEARS Phase I appointment
- Students bring their signed Tele-BEARS form to 205 Cory to receive their adviser code
What are students supposed to bring to my advising session?
- A completed Tele-BEARS form
- A completed Degree Planning Worksheet
- A copy of her/his Bear Facts UNOFFICIAL transcript
Why are there two different versions of the Degree Planning Worksheet?
A varied version of the worksheet indicates changes in the EECS curriculum that affect degree requirements. Students use the worksheet for the curriculum year they are following. For most students this will be the year the student was admitted to EECS.
Do Fall 2013 graduating seniors need to do anything special?
Fall 2013 Graduating Seniors should make an appointment with their Student Affairs Adviser in 230 Bechtel for a FINAL DEGREE CHECK
What if my advisee's code does not show in the system?
There are three reasons why a student's adviser code may not populate:
- The student is a graduating senior.
- The student is a double major, in which case you would have gotten an email from the EECS Undergraduate Adviser.
- The student has an administrative block, in which case the student should go see their ESS adviser
Do options still matter?
Yes, the student's choice of options still matters. Options will continue to determine the notation on the student's official Berkeley transcript.
The EECS Department offers two programs: Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), and Computer Science and Engineering, (CSE), both of which are accredited by ABET.
The ECE options include Option I (Electronics), Option II (Communication, Networks, and Systems), Option III (Computer Systems), and Option V (General). There are also lists of sample courses of study that can be used as guidelines for planning balanced programs in the various areas contained in the Undergraduate Notes handbook. The transcripts of students in these options indicate that their degree is from the Electrical and Computer Engineering program.
The CSE program includes Option IV (Computer Science). The Computer Science option is for students with interests in all aspects of computer science, including design and analysis of algorithms, complexity theory, artificial intelligence, computer graphics, and database systems. The transcripts of students in Option IV indicate that their degree is from the Computer Science and Engineering Program.
All EECS diplomas will state that the student received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of California, Berkeley College of Engineering. Diplomas do not indicate the EECS major or program.
Will there be a review of the new faculty advising system?
Yes. Updates in the current system including the inclusion of student GPAs are a direct result of faculty feedback that we reviewed in October 2011. If you have questions or feedback please email Faculty Advising: faculty-advising@EECS.Berkeley.EDU.