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Frequently Asked Questions For Faculty And Staff

Where can I obtain a list of my advisees?

Your advisee list is available on MyBentley, in the Teaching and Advising tab.  Click on Faculty Self-Service, then Advisor, then My Advisees for the full list.  

What is Degree Works?

Degree Works is the degree audit which outlines all course requirements that students must complete in order to earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree at Bentley. The Registrar’s Office maintains Degree Works, which notes requirements fulfilled and grades earned.  You can access Degree Works at and corresponding FAQs at  Please note that students access Degree Works via MyBentley.  

When should students declare a major?

Students are encouraged to declare a major in the first semester of their sophomore year and must do so by February 25 of their sophomore year.   However, students applying to study abroad for the following year must declare their major by the study abroad application deadline.  Instructions for declaring or changing a major are available on the Academic Services website Students must have this form signed by the department chair of their new department.  

Am I required to hold additional office hours for my advisees?

As much as we urge students to plan ahead and to meet with advisors well in advance of busy times, students tend to seek the assistance of an advisor/mentor around the registration period, and for seniors, prior to graduation.  Additional advising hours outside of your standard office hours would be especially helpful during these times.  

What should I do if my advisee is having academic difficulty?

If a student is experiencing academic difficulty in a course, there are many support services available to them. We suggest the following steps:

  • Have the student start with their instructor. He or she can help the student find ways to improve his or her understanding and academic performance in the course. 
  • Encourage the student to work with a tutor in one of the Learning Centers, if applicable: Free tutorial assistance is offered in the following learning centers that are generally open between 40 to 50 hours per week including days, evenings and weekends throughout the academic year. 
  • Contact an academic advisor in the Academic Advising Center for additional support. 
  •  Encourage the student to explore the study skills resources available via the Office of Academic Services website or meet with a member of the Academic Services team.
  • Depending on the area of concern, have the student meet with an adviser or counselor in the Office of Counseling and Student Development, the Multicultural Center, the Center for International Students and Scholars , or the Athletic Center.

When is a student placed on academic performance?

A first year student whose overall GPA is less than 1.9 or a sophomore, junior or senior whose overall GPA is less than 2.0 is placed on academic probation. In addition, first-semester first year students or transfers whose GPA is below 1.7 are reviewed by the Academic Performance Committee.

The Academic Performance Committee takes appropriate action depending on individual records and situations. Such actions may include reducing the student’s course load, requiring various counseling activities, requiring attendance in the Study Skills course, suspension, and, ultimately, dismissal from the University.

Concerns about individual students may be directed to Leslie Doolittle in the Office of Academic Services  (x. 2803).

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