Rights & Responsibilities
Academic advising is an integral part of the educational process. The
primary purpose of academic advising is to assist students in the
development of meaningful educational plans compatible with the attainment
of their life goals.
Effective advising is characterized by a good working relationship between the advisor and the
student, which adapts to the experiences and changing needs of the students.
also requires understanding, affirming, and respecting the individual
differences within the University community. The advisor is expected to
develop the knowledge, experience, and interest for successfully
communicating with students in a genuine, sincere, accurate, and
confidential manner. Students are expected to understand University and
program requirements and accept the responsibility for fulfilling them.
Together advisors and students are expected to maintain a professional and
mutually respectful relationship as they review students’ progress toward
the attainment of educational objectives.
Academic advising is an interactive process in
which both students and advisors share the responsibility. The advisor
serves as a facilitator of communication, as a source of accurate
information, as a coordinator of academic planning, as an assistant in
helping students to solve academically related problems, and as an agent of
referral to other professionals and campus resources.
Responsibilities of the University Administration
Effective advising is contingent upon adequate staffing, facilities, and
resources including sufficient course offerings. Given the above, the
- Ensure that facilities and personnel resources are adequate for effective
- Provide professional orientation, continuing education, and evaluation
- Provide adequate incentives, compensation, and recognition for advisors.
- Ensure that administrative offices respond promptly to advisement
- Ensure that administrative offices provide current information.
Responsibilities of the Undergraduate Advisor
Inherent in the advisement process is the need to help students understand the nature
of the University and a university education. Given the above, the advisor
- Have a thorough understanding of:
- The Foundational Studies Program.
- Institutional requirements
- course sequences and major and minor requirements, and, if appropriate
- teacher education requirements of advisees.
- Know University and college/school policies and procedures.
- Be available to students by maintaining adequate office hours and appointment times that are reasonable
to accommodate students’ needs.
- Be sensitive to the unique needs of individual students.
- Discuss linkages between academic preparation, the world of work, and life goals.
- Provide students with information about alternatives, limitations, and possible consequences of academic decisions.
- Monitor student advisees’ progress toward educational/career goals through the maintenance of accurate
- Refer students to appropriate resources for needed assistance and serve as an ombudsperson (advocate) for
- Participate in professional development activities related to academic advisement.
- Exhibit the professional rapport necessary to maintain congenial relationships with advisees and for
maintaining a positive, constructive attitude toward advising in general.
Responsibilities of the Undergraduate Student
Students must accept the idea of a university education. To have a successful educational experience requires developing a
commitment to the advisement process that entails:
- Being knowledgeable about the academic policies, procedures, and
requirements (including graduation requirements) of:
- The University
- The college or school
- Students’ program major(s)
- Students’ program minor(s)
- The General Education Program
- Planning an academic program to meet degree requirements.
- Maintaining personal copies of a tentative degree plan, progress reports, Foundational Studies evaluations,
transfer credit evaluations, and other important University documents.
- Knowing the name and office location of the academic advisor, and actively participating in the
advising and scheduling process by consulting with that person.
- Taking advantage of the information and advice provided.
- Seeking and reviewing relevant information for decision-making.
- Developing social, academic, and career goals, and examining how these goals can affect life.
- Understanding that students must accept final responsibility for decisions regarding personal goals and
educational goals, and for satisfying graduation requirements.
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