Academic Advisor's Role
Academic advising must be a cooperative effort between advisors and advisees. In order to achieve this goal, advisors should:
- Create an atmosphere of openness, caring, and concern where meaningful communication and trust exist.
- Listen constructively, attempting to hear all aspects of students' expressed problems
- Help students to clarify their values and goals.
- Assist advisees when they are not achieving in accordance with their abilities-- helping them plan activities to correct their difficulties.
- Provide pro-active assistance to the academically under-prepared student.
- Assist advisees in identifying career goals and objectives.
Attempt to understand advisees' concerns from a student point of view.
students aware of the full range of educational opportunities that are
appropriate to their plans.
students in academic difficulty recognize possible causes of their
and suggest alternative courses of action.
Encourage superior students to take advantage of special educational
opportunities, i.e. interdisciplinary courses, honors program, etc.
them to explore double majors/minors, etc.
Encourage first-year students to become involved with departmental clubs
Schedule, post, and keep regular office hours for meetings with
aside enough regularly scheduled time to adequately meet the
students assigned to them.
University academic standards, policies and procedures in sufficient
provide students with accurate, usable information.
Provide accurate information about general education requirements,
programs, and graduation requirements.
students to other sources of information and assistance when referral
be the best student-centered response to be made.
Maintain good records of conferences with advisees.
familiar with the Buckley Amendment and the legal implications of
Maintain confidentiality of student records consistent with the
his/her advising skills with new departmental faculty who may also be
actively involved with advising.
Actively participate in departmental and University-wide in-service
Encourage student feedback on the effectiveness of his/her advising.
- Become knowledgeable about financial aid guidelines and the impact on academic progress.