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.