Frequently Asked Questions by Faculty for Faculty Advising



What are the key dates and actions I need to be aware of?

  • 3/22 Web app opened to faculty to input advising preferences and complete information
  • 3/27 Faculty preference for group vs. individual advising due via web app. If group advising is selected, must provide four differentdates and times of availability. Please hold all four on your calendar until rooms are assigned. If individual advising is chosen, must provide scheduling instructions. 
  • 3/29 Faculty opting for group advising receive room assignments
  • 4/2-4/3 at 10:00 am Web app opened for returning students to keep or change current faculty adviser 
  • 4/4 at 10:00 am Web app accessible to all students to select faculty on a first-come, first-served basis
  • 4/8-4/19 Faculty advising
  • 4/15  Phase I of course enrollment begins

What does the faculty advising online web app do?

  1. CalNet authentication. When you navigate to the Advising web app url you will be prompted to log in using CalNet authentication.
  2. Student and faculty interface. The web app provides both a faculty and student interface and allows faculty to self-report advising areas.
  3. 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.).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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. **This information should never be projected or shared with students**

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  advising questions
  • Beginning the 2016-2017 academic year, no paperwork needs to be signed by faculty advisors, or submitted to staff advisors. 

What are students supposed to bring to my advising session?

  • A completed Class Enrollment Form: EECS or CS
  • A completed Degree Planning Worksheet: EECS or CS
  • A copy of their unofficial transcript
  • Beginning the 2016-2017 academic year, no paperwork needs to be signed by faculty advisors, or submitted to staff advisors. 

Do graduating seniors need to do anything special?

Students in their final semester should make an appointment with their Staff Adviser for a final degree check. They are not required to attend faculty advising.

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.

When logging into the web application, students will have the chance to review their current option selection. Before they can select a faculty adviser, students must change or confirm their current option selection.

The EECS Department offers two programs: Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), and Computer Science and Engineering, (CSE), both of which are accredited by ABET. 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.



Faculty Advising is managed by the Center for Student Affairs in 205 Cory Hall.
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