The primary purpose of the academic advising program is to assist students in the development of meaningful educational plans that are compatible with their life goals. Academic advising should be viewed as a continuous process of clarification and evaluation.
The ultimate responsibility for making informed decisions about life goals and educational plans rests with the individual student. The academic advisor assists by helping to identify and assess alternatives and consequences of decisions.
Role of Academic Advisors
The role of our academic advisors includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Know each advisee well enough to be perceptive of academic needs;
- Provide advisees with answers about limitations, alternatives, and consequences of academic program decisions;
- Answer advisees’ questions regarding the requirements for the major;
- Assist advisees in the choice of electives and in planning semester schedules;
- Assess each advisee’s progress toward a degree (in coordination with the Registrar’s office); and,
- Direct each advisee to other advisory and professional service personnel (e.g., career planning, support services, possible financial and/or personal counseling services).
Accepting the responsibility for making final decisions on academic matters, the student is responsible for the following:
- Planning and implementing his/her academic program, with no legal responsibility resting with the faculty advisor;
- Giving consideration to personal goals, so they can be coordinated with academic and professional goals;
- Discussing with the academic advisor long-range goals and kinds of job opportunities available upon completion of chosen major;
- Being familiar with the schedule and Bulletin so that pertinent questions can be asked about schedule planning; and,
- Maintaining a personal check sheet so that information about progress toward a degree is readily available.