Student/Advisor Relationship

Expectations of students & advisor
When to see your advisor
How to see your advisor

Expectations of Students & Advisor

 Student Responsibilities

  • Plan and attend regular appointments with your advisor each semester
  • Come prepared for advising appointments  (eg., bring a four-year plan, Core planning worksheet, and a list of courses you’re interested in taking the following semester)
  • Gather all relevant decision-making information
  • Clarify personal values and goals
  • Become knowledgeable about college programs, policies and procedures
  • Complete all “to do’s” recommended by your advisor
  • Ask questions if you do not understand an issue or have a specific concern
  • Take responsibility for exploring career options
  • Seek opportunities that are consistent with areas of interest
  • Review DegreeWorks audit and graduation requirements frequently for accuracy
  • Review course catalog and course descriptions
  • Attend School group advising meetings (if applicable)

 Advisor Responsibilities

  • Be accessible and responsive to advisees
  • Communicate college policies & procedures
  • Help students define & develop realistic goals (short & long term)
  • Match students’ needs with available resources & make appropriate referrals
  • Assist students with planning programs consistent with their abilities & interests
  • Educate advisee about the major and/or career field
  • Monitor and support students’ progress
  • Discuss linkage between academic preparation and world of work
  • Keep abreast of curriculum requirements

When To See Your Advisor

  1. To discuss any problems that affect your academic performance.
  2. To review courses for the upcoming semester.  Your advisor will need to enable your account before you attempt to register using the Student Self Services web system registration option.
  3. To add or drop courses during registration periods.
  4. To use the pass/no credit/fail option or to discuss withdrawal from a course.
  5. To complete an Academic Planning & Consultation Record, for probationary students and fulfill the terms of the contract.
  6. To discuss changes of major, adding or declaring a minor, or adding or declaring a certificate program.
  7. To discuss study abroad, internship, and career opportunities.
  8. To discuss academic policies and procedures for which you require clarification.
  9. To explore the possibility of graduate study or employment options.

How To See Your Advisor

  1. The office location, phone number and email of your advisor is available on the Student Undergraduate Advising portal.  You can also find your advisor on your DegreeWorks audit.  You can email your advisor directly from either place.  Advisors have voice mailboxes as well.
  2. Become familiar with your advisor’s office hours at the beginning of each semester.  The best way to get a hold of your advisor may be to visit them during their office hours, even just to schedule a follow up appointment.
  3. Some advisors post an appointment schedule on their door in advance of the advising period for registration.  Other advisors may email you with a link to schedule an appointment online.
  4. Make your advising appointments in advance so your advisor has the necessary lead time to look through your academic information and to spend an appropriate amount of time with you.