Beginning in their first semester, all students are assigned a faculty advisor for the duration of the program. The student must meet with the Faculty Advisor each semester to discuss academic plans and get approval for course registration. The advising process includes discussion of course selection, course load, academic and professional goals.

At each advising session with your Faculty Advisor, you will fill in the Student Advising Guidelines (PDF document). A copy of this document will remain in your Program student folder and will allow you and your advisor to trace the history of your classes and experiences.

As part of becoming a professional, students are required to maintain their own copy of the Student Advising Guidelines document, and to fill it in each semester to keep track of their progress throughout their Program in requirements and electives, scholarships and awards, and professional group participation.

When seeking information about courses, you should feel free to talk to many different people in addition to your Faculty Advisor: classmates, other faculty members, and librarians can be great resources for learning more about courses. If you have questions about a specific course, it’s a good idea to find out who is teaching the course and ask them directly – or you can look at our course descriptions page for previous years’ syllabi and professors.

Finally, choosing your courses can be an overwhelming experience, but with an understanding of the resources and information presented here and elsewhere we hope to make it a rewarding one as well!

Important Information Regarding Registration for LIS Courses Offered through Outreach College

Each term, we work cooperatively with Outreach College to subsidize LIS courses that we don’t have sufficient funds to offer through the Manoa Day School Program. By doing this, we are able to provide a richer and fuller program for our students.

The following policies must be observed for these particular courses:

  • Students taking LIS courses offered through Outreach College (these courses are identified with an “OC” designation on the course schedule), must register for them through Outreach College.
  • The only exceptions would be students, who are using Day School tuition waivers as graduate assistants, research assistants, or teaching assistants at the UH. Since these waivers cannot be used for Outreach courses, students having these waivers must be given Day School codes. To qualify for a Day School code, a student must provide official proof of hire (PNF) as a GA, RA, or TA to the faculty advisor at the time of advising.
  • Individuals with faculty/staff or spousal waivers may use them to subsidize Outreach courses. Therefore, they do not qualify for an exception. The waivers will cover their tuition but not the Outreach administration fees. These fees must be paid out of pocket. IMPORTANT: The waiver request form for Outreach College differs from the form for Day School so be sure to complete the correct form.
  • Individuals with scholarships may also use them to subsidize Outreach courses. If a special scholarship stipulates otherwise, the student will need to provide documentation to this effect to seek an exception. This documentation must be provided at the time of advising.

Should you have questions about these policies, please contact the LIS Program Chair.

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