Handbook - Characteristics of a Good Advisor
A good advisor:
- Is personally and professionally interested in being an advisor.
- Listens constuctively, attempting to hear all aspects of students' expressed problems.
- Sets aside enough regularly scheduled time to adequately meet the advising needs of advisees assigned.
- Knows university policy and practice in sufficient detail to provide students with accurate, usable information.
- Refers students to other sources of information and assistance when referral seems to be the best student-centered response to be made.
- Attempts to understand student concerns from a student's point of view.
- Views long-range planning as well as immediate problem-solving as an essential part of effective advising.
- Shares advising skills with working colleagues who also are actively involved with advising.
- Continually attempts to improve both the style and substance of a personal advising role.
- Willingly and actively participates in advisor-training programs, both initial and in-service.