- Develop a thorough understanding of the general education requirements
- Serve as a group leader for new student orientation
- Meet with advisees during the sixth week to go over advising survey and early warning reports.
- Help students clarify and develop realistic educational and/or career plans.
- Assist students in planning a program consistent with their abilities and interests.
- Monitor progress toward educational/career goals.
- Discuss and reinforce linkages and relationships between instructional program and occupation/career.
- Interpret and provide rationale for instructional policies, procedures, and requirements.
- Assist in the designated educational transactions (e.g., schedule, drops and adds, withdrawals, change of major, waivers, graduation requirements).
- Maintain an advising file for each advisee.
- Refer students when academic, attitudinal, attendance, or other personal problems require intervention by other professionals.
- Inform students of the nature of the advisor/advisee relationship.
- Request reassignment of advisee to another advisor when/if it is appropriate.
- Assist advisees in identifying career or graduate school possibilities.
- Develop a caring relationship with advisees.
- Inform students of special services available to them for remediation, academic assistance, and other needs.
- Clarify their personal values, abilities, interests, and goals.
- Contact and make an appointment with the advisor when required or when in need of assistance. If the student finds it impossible to keep the appointment, the student will notify the advisor.
- Become knowledgeable and adhere to institutional policies, procedures, and requirements.
- Prepare for advising sessions and bring appropriate resources or materials.
- Follow through on actions identified during each advising session.
- Evaluate the advising system, when requested, in order to strengthen the advising process.
- Request reassignment of a different advisor when/if it is appropriate.
- Accept final responsibility for all decisions.
How You and Your Faculty Advisor Should Work Together
You should: Contact and keep in touch with your advisor
Your advisor should: Keep office hours
You should: Make and keep appointments or call if it’s necessary to change or cancel one.
Your advisor should: Keep appointments or call if it is necessary to change or cancel an appointment.
You should: Come with specific questions in mind
Your advisor should: Provide accurate and specific answers.
You should: Come with necessary materials (course offerings lists, drop/add, etc.)
Your advisor should: Have on hand resource material (catalogs, advisor handbook, etc.)
You should: Ask about other sources of information
Your advisor should: Refer you to other sources of information.
You should: Be open concerning school work, study habits, academic progress, etc.
Your advisor should: Listen to you and help you solve problems
You should: Build a schedule for appropriate selection of courses
Your advisor should: Check your schedule for appropriate selection of courses
You should: Make decisions concerning careers, choice of major and selection of courses
Your advisor should: Suggest options concerning careers, choice of majors, and selection of courses
Taken from: Crocket, D. (2004). Modes and models for designing and implementing a successful advising program: A resource document. Noel-Levitz.