Academic advising is recognized as
an essential educational service provided by professional personnel at colleges
and universities. The literature indicates that good advising results in
improved academic performance and persistence as well as better student
attitudes, self-concept, and intellectual and interpersonal development.
Although academic advising is only one among several priorities as professional
personnel, it is the primary means of helping students to be knowledgeable
about and to benefit from the vast array of pragmatic assistance available
relating to student's educational and personal goals.
This Academic Advising Handbook has
been developed to assist you in your role as advisor at Viterbo. It has
been designed to serve as a reference for useful and pertinent information.
Your Handbook is divided into three
- Section One contains general information on academic
advisement. It provides a short history on academic advising along with
the mission and core values of our program.
- Section Two is a collection of
resource materials that should contribute to your understanding of your
responsibility as an academic advisor and your importance in the total educational
goals of Viterbo University.
- Section Three contains information
on policies and procedures at Viterbo. The information here highlights
some of the important considerations that also may be found in the University
Catalog or Student Handbook. You likewise need to be familiar with these
other two documents as well.
You are encouraged to refer to this
Handbook often and to utilize it completely as you advise your students.
Make your role as an advisor more than a signature on a registration
form. Engage yourself with your advisee so that the advisee who is well
served by you and the advising system will be a better learner and a better
If you have comments, questions, or
suggestions, please share them with me.
Academic Advising Coordinator