Academic Advising

academic advising

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.