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Academic Advising

The advising office for lower division management majors is Undergraduate Studies in Business. However, once in the upper division (300/400 level) OM&IS program, students receive advisement through the department. Students can schedule individual advising appointments by calling (815) 753-6372 or stopping by the OM&IS Department, Barsema Hall 328.

Steve Kispert, OM&IS Advisor
(Barsema 328A)

Students should meet with their advisor at least once a semester in order to review the degree plan, course schedule, and explore career choices and internship opportunities. In addition, your advisor will help the search for available internships. learn more...

For students pursuing a graduate degree or certification, Mr. Kispert can meet either at the DeKalb or Naperville campus locations. Hours are generally 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. however alternate plans can be arranged.

OM&IS Advising Checklist

Below is a checklist that applies to all Finance majors. Juniors and seniors should review the additional checklist customized with their responsibilities. (checklist for juniors) / (checklist for seniors)

Employment Resources

  1. Schedule an appointment with Steve Kispert each semester. Get an appointment early in the semester. Waiting until the schedule is available on MyNIU can cause delay in getting a timely appointment.
  2. Declare your major as early in the semester as possible. Changing your major at the end of a semester, after registration has begun, may prevent you from graduating on time. Declared majors have first priority in course registration.
  3. Subscribe to the OM&IS Email Group to stay current with any academic changes.
  4. Review your Degree Progress Report (DPR) each semester through MyNIU. You are responsible for your graduation requirements. The DPR is prepared by the Office of Registration and Records (R&R), the office which will do a final check on your academic requirements for graduation.
  5. Check financial aid status each semester, if appropriate.
  6. Make sure encumbrances prior to registration are removed. You will not be able to register unless they are taken care of.
  7. Keep any and all advising paperwork (including DPR and a current transcript) so you have a complete record of your academic history.
  8. Be sure that your address is correct with R&R. If an advisor needs to contact you for any reason and the correct information isn't in the computer, it could be detrimental to your academic career.