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Roles and Responsibilities

Effective advising requires a partnership between advisors and students. The goal of academic advising is to facilitate this partnership within a caring environment.

Roles of Academic Advisors

  • Discuss students' academic progress
  • Encourage students to think about and express themselves concerning their educational plans and career goals
  • Assist students with planning programs and experiences consistent with their abilities and interests
  • Discuss the relationship between academic preparation and life goals
  • Answer questions about academic policies, procedures and degree requirements
  • Match students' needs with available resources and make appropriate referrals
  • Encourage students to make their own decisions responsibly

Roles of Students

  • Prepare for academic advising appointments by:
    • Gathering all relevant information needed for decision making
    • Clarifying personal values and goals
    • Becoming knowledgeable about University programs, policies, and procedures
  • Accept final responsibility for decisions
  • Notify advisor of any changes in academic plans (for example: pending transfer credit, credit by exam, summer school plans, change of major, pre-professional plans)
  • Follow through on actions identified during each advising visit
  • Participate proactively in the decision-making process
  • Evaluate the advising system when requested in order to strengthen the advising process
  • Notify your advisor if it becomes necessary to cancel or reschedule advising appointments

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