Mastodon Advising Center
Unit of Affiliated Programs
Kettler 109 ~ 260-481-6595 ~ www.ipfw.edu/mac
Professional staff in the Mastodon Advising Center (MAC) provide a supportive environment; offer class scheduling and curriculum information; assist with decision making; and furnish information on time management, study skills, academic planning, and career-related matters. See Part 8 : Services, for additional information concerning career assistance.
Special Categories of Students Advised in MAC MAC provides academic advising for students who are admitted in the following special categories.
Exploratory The exploratory program serves students who do not qualify for regular admission and who would benefit from the extra attention offered by the Mastodon Advising Center. Professional advisors in MAC provide information and direction toward special programs and sound academic skills.
Students admitted to the exploratory program work closely with professional academic advisors to ensure that they reach their educational goals. Students in the program must report their academic progress to their advisors, who can help identify any support services that may be needed.
Exploratory students who have completed at least 12 credits and earned a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher are in most cases eligible to select an academic major.
Deciding Students Students entering IPFW undecided about major are placed into MAC. While affiliated with MAC these students are given an opportunity to take classes without having to make an early commitment to a major. Deciding MAC students are encouraged to enroll in career-exploration courses, meet with career counselors in career services, and visit academic units to investigate potential majors.
Premajor Students in Other Areas Students interested in a degree in education, organizational leadership and supervision, or general studies but who have grade-point averages below 2.00 are also assigned to the Mastodon Advising Center. Once these students have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above and fulfilled any other specific requirements that may be established, they are eligible to select their academic majors. (For pre-education students, the 2.00 cumulative GPA includes grades earned at all institutions they have attended.)
Nondegree Students Students who are visiting or waiting for regular admission to IPFW may be assigned nondegree (guest/temporary) student status and assigned to MAC for course enrollment and related assistance. After earning 24 credits in nondegree status, students may register for additional credits only after applying for and being granted regular admission status through Admissions.
Special Regulation on Readmission If you have been dismissed from IPFW for academic reasons, you are encouraged to discuss readmission procedures with a MAC advisor. IPFW students who have been dismissed and are seeking readmission through MAC must attend a readmission workshop and apply for readmission consideration. Contact MAC for further details.