Academic & Career Planning Center

Parents & Families

Helping Your Child Succeed

Students receive individual advising during summer registration programs. Soon after they arrive on campus, students are assigned an advisor who will remain with them for their first year and a half at USD. Once students reach 48 credit hours they will be assigned to a new academic advisor, who will be a faculty member in the department or program of their first major. The academic advisor is just one of many advising resources available to students.

Mission Statement

Academic and career advising provides an educational experience to help students explore and navigate a path to degree completion and a plan for the future.

Learning Outcomes
  • Students can describe the requirements for graduation in their course of study before they are transferred to their faculty advisor at the 48 credit hour threshold.
  • Students will describe the broader context of their graduation requirements through the lens of a liberal education.
  • Students will analyze critically their choice of major during their first three semesters.
  • Students will analyze critically their career expectations throughout their time at USD.
  • Students will be able to describe the help resources available to them on campus.
  • Students will connect the benefits of an internship or other experience to their pursuit of a meaningful career.

Parent Responsibility

Parents can be important partners in their student's success. However, it is important for parents to support our philosophy of encouraging students to be self-advocating, active learners. At times, this means fighting the urge to resolve the problem for the student. Rather, parents should view themselves as "coaches," as they guide their students in making good choices.

Detecting Academic Problems Early

Many parents of new college students want to know how their son or daughter will receive help when they experience problems in their courses. At USD, all instructors are required to submit midterm grades in both the fall and spring semesters. The academic deans use this midterm grade information as an early-alert system to identify students at risk. These students are asked to meet with their academic advisors, discuss possible problems that are contributing to under performance in the course and figure out some strategies for improvement. If students are active participants in this process of identifying problems and taking steps to remedy them, they not only should see a positive effect on their grades but will also develop self-assessment and strategic help-seeking skills that will serve them well throughout their USD careers.

Important Timetables

Parents should be aware of the following processes that occur during the year. For more information view the Academic Calendar.

Early Alert Warning

The early alert warning is a simple alert sent to students who are at risk of not meeting the minimum academic grade requirements for one or more classes. This warning typically occurs around five weeks after the beginning of the semester.

Midterm Grade Reporting

In late October for the Fall semester and early March for the Spring semester, students will be able to access their Midterm Grade Report via the myU Portal and WebAdvisor. WebAdvisor allows students to view their grades, transcripts, course schedules, standardized test scores, term bill, and financial aid award letter. All students receive a Login and Password for myU Portal/WebAdvisor.

End of Term Grading

Within days of the end of final exams, students are able to access their grades via myU Portal and WebAdvisor. Minimum progression (good standing/probation/suspension) information is available to students within 10 business days after the end of the term. If a student's cumulative grade point average falls below a 2.0, they will be placed on "Academic Probation." Academic Probation does not appear on a student's transcript; it is strictly an internal mechanism for monitoring student progress.

Mid-Year and End of Year Academic Review

In late December to early January following the Fall semester, and in May following the Spring semester, USD reviews the academic records of all students. Students whose cumulative GPA is below a 2.0, will be placed on College Probation. Students who were on probation after the previous semester who earn a 2.0, term GPA, but a cumulative GPA below 2.0, will remain on probation. Students who were on probation after the previous semester who earn less than a 2.0, term GPA, and have a cumulative GPA below 2.0, will be suspended. All students with a cumulative GPA at 2.0, or above are in good academic standing. Students who are placed on probation will receive a letter from their Dean. Students who are suspended will receive a letter from the Provost.  Included in that letter will be guidelines for appeal.

Helpful Links

Online Career Resources for Parents & Families