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.
Quality advising 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 administration should:
1. Ensure that facilities and personnel resources are adequate for effective
2. Provide professional orientation, continuing education, and evaluation
3. Provide adequate incentives, compensation, and recognition for advisors.
4. Ensure that administrative offices respond promptly to advisement
5. Ensure that administrative offices provide current information.
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 must:
1. Have a thorough understanding of:
1. Have a thorough understanding of:
a.the Foundational Studies Program.
c.course sequences and major and minor requirements, and, if appropriate,
d. teacher education requirements of advisees.
2. Know University and
college/school policies and procedures.
3. Be available to students by
maintaining adequate office hours and appointment times that are reasonable
to accommodate students’ needs.
4. Be sensitive to the unique needs
of individual students.
5. Discuss linkages between
academic preparation, the world of work, and life goals.
6. Provide students with information
about alternatives, limitations, and possible consequences of academic
7. Monitor student advisees’
progress toward educational/career goals through the maintenance of accurate
8. Refer students to appropriate
resources for needed assistance and serve as an ombudsperson (advocate) for
9. Participate in professional
development activities related to academic advisement.
10. Exhibit the professional rapport necessary to maintain congenial relationships with advisees and for maintaining a positive, constructive attitude toward advising in general.
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:
1. Being knowledgeable about the academic policies, procedures, and requirements (including graduation requirements) of:
a. the University
b. the college or school
c. students’ program major(s)
d. students’ program minor(s)
e. the General Education Program
2. Planning an academic program to
meet degree requirements.
3. Maintaining personal copies of a
tentative degree plan, progress reports, Foundational Studies evaluations,
transfer credit evaluations, and other important University documents.
4. Knowing the name and office
location of the academic advisor, and actively participating in the
advising and scheduling process by consulting with that person.
5. Taking advantage of the
information and advice provided.
6. Seeking and reviewing relevant
information for decision-making.
7. Developing social, academic, and
career goals, and examining how these goals can affect life.
8. Understanding that students must accept final responsibility for decisions regarding personal goals and educational goals, and for satisfying graduation requirements.