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Academic Advising


Academic Advisement Sheet [pdf] - The purpose of the Academic Advisement Sheet is to provide advisors with a tool to use when assisting students with course selection. Advisors document the courses students would like to enroll in for the upcoming semester, along with possible alternate courses in the various General Education categories. There is also an area for advisors to document notes based on discussion with students. This form should be given to students and a copy should be placed in the student files.

Academic Advising Syllabus - The Academic Advising Syllabus is intended to provide students with advisor contact information, the definition, mission, rights, and responsibilities of advising at MSU, the process for students to change their major/minor, request a change of advisor, and schedule an appointment, a list of recommended resources, and an advising calendar of important dates throughout the academic year. The information can be modified on the syllabus to meet the needs of students within each academic program. Information in red text should be updated on a yearly basis to fit the requirements of each academic program.

Advisement Checklist [pdf] - The Advisement Checklist should be placed in student files and is used to assist advisors with recording potential items advisors may discuss with students.

Advising Information Form [pdf] - The Advising Information Form should be placed in student files following the initial appointment. Students complete the first section of the form, while advisors initial, date, and indicate the type of visit following each appointment. This form allows for an easy tracking system of how often students visit with their academic advisor. Departments are encouraged to monitor advising appointments by entering data into a spreadsheet.

Advising Notes [pdf] - The Advising Notes page is available for advisors to document key conversation points following advising session, when needed. Documenting is a critical component of each advising session!

Course Schedule Grid [pdf] - The Course Schedule Grid can be provided to students who would like a tool to help them build their class schedules for the upcoming term.