How to work with your advisor
An effective advising relationship is a joint venture between you and your advisor. Both advisors and students have responsibilities in this relationship. For more on what you can expect from your advisor, and what your advisor will expect from you, review how to work with your advisor.
The Advisee's Role is to:
- Acquire the information needed to assume final responsibility for course scheduling, program planning, and the successful completion of all graduation requirements.
- Seek the academic and career information needed to meet educational goals.
- Become knowledgeable about the relevant policies, procedures, and rules of the university, college, and academic program.
- Be prepared with accurate information and relevant materials when contacting the advisor.
- Consult with the advisor at least once a semester to decide on courses, review the accuracy of the selection, check progress towards graduation, and discuss the suitability of other educational opportunities provided by the university.
The Academic Advisor's Role is to:
- Help the advisee to understand the academic and administrative processes of the university and the nature of its academic programs. The advisor also seeks to understand each advisee's particular concerns affecting academic progress. The advisor neither grants nor denies administrative approval for particular academic actions or transfer course substitutions. Decisions for academic actions or transfer course substitutions are made by the Chairperson of the Department for which the action or course is being substituted.
- Help the advisee to understand the expected standards of achievement and likelihood of success in certain areas of study.
- Discuss the educational and career objectives suited to the advisee's demonstrated abilities and expressed interests. The advisor helps the advisee to understand the relationships among the courses, programs, undergraduate research opportunities, internships, and other academic experiences provided by the university.
- Help the advisee to plan a course of study and give advice about courses and the adjustment of course loads. The advisor will inform the advisee about the prerequisites for subsequent courses in the advisee's program.
- Refer advisees to other resources when appropriate.
- Communicate with each college or department to keep informed and current.