The University recognizes and appreciates the importance of academic advising. The Vice President for Academic Affairs is responsible for oversight and evaluation of academic advising. The Admissions, Retention, and Academic Advising Committee serves as an advisory group to develop advising standards and procedures and makes recommendations for changes to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Council of Deans, the Academic Council, and Faculty Senate. The Vice President for Academic Affairs identifies and delegates responsibilities involving academic advising. Academic advising is a faculty teaching responsibility and, as such, is part of faculty annual evaluations.
Academic advisors should:
1. Attempt to know each advisee well enough to be perceptive of academic needs;
2. Provide advisees with answers about limitations, alternatives, and consequences of academic program decisions;
3. Answer advisee’s questions regarding the requirements for the major;
4. Assist advisees in the choice of electives;
5. Assist advisees in planning semester schedules;
6. With the assistance of the Records office, assess each advisee's progress toward a degree; and
7. Participate actively in the Academic Alert Protocol, advising referrals and sending Advisor Response Forms.
8. Direct each advisee to other advisory and professional service personnel (e.g. career planning, support services, possible financial and/or personal counseling services).
9. Provide Students with the Advising Assessment Form upon completion of advising.
These responsibilities do not negate the fact that students have ultimate responsibility for their academic decisions.