Academic Advising

academic advising

Handbook - Responsibilities of the Advisor

Be knowledgeable of Advisee's program requirements, academic requirements, and university policies.

  • Provide accurate information about academic regulations and procedures, course prerequisites, and graduation requirements.
  • Discuss departmental guidelines and policies.

Be readily available.

  • Establish sufficient, well publicized office hours that will meet advising responsibilities and student needs.
  • Make contact with new student advisees for developing a relationship and helping college adjustment.
  • Initiate contact with advisees, especially new students since they may be hesitant to take the risk.

Provide scheduling assistance.

  • Help students to fully understand how to use the various printed materials and electronic information available to plan their program of study and scheduling.
  • Clarify with the student whether the courses selected are appropriate considering their program and professional goals and possible consequences of various alternative choices.
  • Knowledge of Placement Test information and course prerequisites are essential for appropriate course selection.

Provide both academic and non-academic advising.

  • Assist students in understanding the purpose, opportunities, and challenges for higher education.
  • Do not make decisions for advisees but provide them with the information and guidance they need as they make their decisions.
  • Encourage students to engage in realistic self-assessment and develop decision making skills.
  • Help students plan a program suited to their interests, abilities, and career objectives.
  • Provide information on the meaning of Placement Test and course prerequisites.
  • Be concerned about the personal, academic, and social life of the student.
  • Discuss linkage between academic preparation and world of work.

Make referrals as needed.

  • Become knowledgeable of campus resources and make responsible referrals when appropriate.
  • Utilize resources on campus to seek out answers to an advisee concern.

Establish a personal relationship with your advisee.

  • Get to know the person who is the student.
  • Display a caring attitude.Open-ended questions build a relationship; close ended questions seek information.
  • Employ active listening skills to help understand what a student is really saying.
  • Be attentive through your verbal and non-verbal messages.
  • Focus your comments on understanding the student's needs.
  • Keep anecdotal notes of meetings with advisees regarding academic and career issues in order to establish continuity in your relationship.

Monitor academic progress.

  • Review Degree Audits with advisees.
  • Meet with advisee when academic difficulties are apparent.
  • Help student set realistic goals (long term and short term) to work toward and experience success.
  • Help student identify special needs.