Frequently Asked Questions

 

Who is my academic advisor?

Every student at Arkansas Tech is assigned an academic advisor. Students meet with an academic advisor to discuss major-related issues, as well as to register for classes each semester.  All first-time, incoming freshmen complete their first academic advising appointment and register for classes in the Academic Advising Center (AAC). Beginning Fall 2013, all freshmen (excluding the College of Professional Studies) will continue to be advised by the AAC's professional staff until sixty (60) credit hours are completed. At the completion of 60 credit hours, students will be aided by the AAC advisor in the transition to a faculty advisor.

The name of your assigned academic advisor is posted in your One Tech account. Click on the Student tab, and then look in the box labeled Academic Profile located in the upper, left corner of the page.

Who is my mentor?

In addition to an academic advisor, a mentor is assigned to all incoming freshmen as a part of Tech's Bridge to Excellence (B2E) program.  

B2E helps guide Tech freshmen as they transition to college by providing motivation and support to help improve academic success, increase retention and encourage persistence to graduation.

How B2E works...

All entering fall freshmen are given the opportunity to take the Noel-Levitz online College Student Inventory (CSI) to determine his/her academic, social and financial readiness for college and the FOCUS 2 to explore their educational and career goals.

Students who complete a CSI and FOCUS 2 are assigned a volunteer faculty or staff mentor who works one-on-one with new students to help them make a smooth and successful transition to college.

The volunteer mentor arranges a meeting to discuss the mentee's potential needs as identified in the CSI Student Report and offers guidance regarding their education and career goals identified in the FOCUS 2 assessment. Recommendations are made and follow-up meetings are encouraged.

The mentor also serves as the freshman's "go-to-person" whenever they have questions or concerns about any college-related issue.

Is my mentor different from my academic advisor?

Yes. Academic Advisors assist students during the registration process each semester, keep students on track to graduation, and answer specific questions related to your major. A mentor is someone you may go to with questions or concerns related to your successful adjustment to college life. Both your academic advisor and your mentor should be a very important part of your life as a college student.

When do I have to declare my major?

Students are not required to declare a major until they've completed 45 earned hours. 

How do I change/declare my major or minor?

Changing or declaring your major or minor is a simple process. Simply fill out this Change-of-Major form and turn it in at the Registrar's Office to be processed. After your major is declared or changed, the department of your new major will be notified by the Registrar's Office. If you have any questions about choosing or declaring a major or minor or how to complete the Change-of-Major form, you may contact one of the knowledgeable advisors located in the Advising Center by phone, email, Facebook, or in person. Find a list of majors and minors by clicking here.

What is a Student Registration Code (SRC)?

A Student Registration Code is a six-digit number that gives you access to use the self-service registration features located in the Registration Tools box of your OneTech account.

How do I get my registration code?

Before you may register for classes, you must schedule an appointment with your academic advisor. During your advising appointment, most advisors will issue your registration code so that you may select and enroll in your approved courses. This gives you the flexibility to choose your own meeting times and instructors. However, some advisors prefer not to issue registration codes. If you are not issued a registration code, your advisor will enroll you in your classes.

What is a syllabus?

A syllabus is a detailed guide to each class. It defines the objectives students will learn, outlines the book(s) to buy, and lists deadlines for assignments and exams. Students will receive a syllabus for each course during the first class meeting. Students, who enroll after the first class meeting, must contact the instructor to make sure they receive a syllabus.

What is Blackboard?

Most WEB (online) courses are conducted through Blackboard. Some professors use Blackboard as a supplement to face-to-face classes, as well. Blackboard can be used for completing homework, taking quizzes, accessing supplemental reading material, viewing grades, and utilizing discussion boards for class discussion outside the traditional classroom setting. When enrolled in an online course, students should check Blackboard daily.

Where do I find Blackboard?

The link to Blackboard is found under the Student tab of your OneTech Account or by typing https://bblearn.atu.edu/ in the address bar of any internet browser.

How do I self-enroll on Blackboard?

Once logged into Blackboard access the Courses tab, and then click on the Browse Course Catalog button. Search for the course you are registered for either by name, id, instructor, or description. When you find the course make sure the course number (ex: ENGL 1013—002) and section number (ex: ENGL 1013—002) match the class listed on your schedule as there may be more than one section of the class taught in Blackboard. Next, click on the double arrow to the right of the Course Id; click Enroll within the box that appears. (If the Enroll button is missing it means the instructor has turned off self-enrollment; consequently, the instructor will manually enroll you in the Blackboard class.) You will be prompted for the Access Code once you click on the Enroll button. The access code for all courses is bb9-enroll unless otherwise specified by the instructor. Enter the code, and click Submit. If your course still doesn't appear in Blackboard and there isn't a technical problem that the Campus Support Center cannot resolve, contact your instructor immediately using your OneTech email account.

For any questions regarding Blackboard, contact the Campus Support Center at 479-968-0646. 

Why is my online class not showing up in Blackboard?

If a class is not showing up in Blackboard on the first day of classes, it means the professor is requiring students to self-enroll. Students should self-enroll on the first day of classes to begin participating/attending. If you follow the self-enrollment instructions listed under FAQ question labeled "How do I self-enroll on Blackboard?" and still cannot find the class, contact the Campus Support Center at 479-968-0646.

What is OneTech?

As an Arkansas Tech student, OneTech is the ultimate connection to a student's academic and social life. Through OneTech, students will access their Tech email account, class schedule, Blackboard account, transcript, billing invoice, campus event announcements, and much more. For security reasons, once enrolled in classes, faculty and staff may only respond to emails sent from the Tech email account. Students should check OneTech daily once actively enrolled at Tech.

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