Academic Advising

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Academic advising is an ongoing educational process that connects the student to the University. Academic advising supports the University’s mission of preparing the student for learning beyond the confines of the academy. Academic advisors represent and interpret University policies and procedures to the student and help the student navigate the academic and organizational paths of the institution.

  • Student Responsibilities
    • Seek help from your advisor if you wish to change/declare your major.
    • Seek the help of your advisor for curriculum and career planning.
    • Make an appointment with your assigned advisor prior to registration. Your advisor is the only one who can clear you to register for classes! If you have other questions concerning anything else other than registration you may set up an appointment with an advisor through the Academic Advising Center.
    • Come prepared to meetings.
    • Prepare for advising sessions and bring appropriate resources or materials.
    • Follow through on actions identified during each advising session.
    • Be aware of your academic standing at all times. Seek help if your grades start to slip.
    • Accept final responsibility for all decisions.
    • Pay attention to the academic calendar so that you are aware of approaching deadlines, such as drop/add days.
  • Advisor Responsibilities
    • Provide assistance to students wishing to declare/change their major.
    • Assist students in exploring career and educational opportunities.
    • Become familiar with university academic policies and answer any questions students may have regarding these policies, regulations, programs, and procedures. Stay alert to any changes to better inform students.
    • Inform students of administrative, academic, and personal services and resources available to them.
    • Maintain regular office hours in order to meet with students.
    • Approve all designated educational transactions (e.g., schedule, change of major, waivers, graduation requirements)
    • Clear students for registration once they have met and discussed scheduling for the following semester.
    • Monitor progress toward educational and career goals and help select courses at each registration period based on curriculum and University requirements.
    • Refer students when academic or personal problems require intervention by other professionals. For non-emergency reports of student issues, visit this link to CARE network.
    • Make available times to meet with your advisees before registration.
    • Maintain an advising file on each advisee.
    • Protect the privacy of student information as set forth in The Family Educational Right and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. 1232; 34 CFR Part 99).
      • (Modified from NACADA Advising Guidelines).

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