Advisor Resources

Academic Advisor Handbook - The handbook is designed to provide faculty and staff with the tools they need to be successful advisors. It is to serve as a useful reference for advising-related questions and facilitate continuous, ongoing advisor training. The handbook is intended to help advisors articulate policies and procedures; define and practice effective advising; find correct, accurate, concise, and consistent information; locate referral resources; and provide standardized assistance to students.

Academic Advising Syllabus - The Academic Advising Syllabus provides information to assist students in effectively planning their degree-path at Minot State. It outlines the essential academic advising information and skills students need to navigate their education throughout their academic journey at Minot State University.

Academic Success Plan Booklet - The Academic Success Plan booklet includes a variety of advisor resources for faculty and staff who advise students who were admitted to Minot State with the provision of enhanced advising.

Academic Success Plan Form - This form is used to solidify a plan when advising students who were admitted to Minot State with the provision of enhanced advising.

Advising Forms - A variety of advising forms are available for faculty and staff to use when working with advisees. Many of these forms are intended to be placed in students' advising files.

Advising Newsletter - Newsletters include various items specific to advising at Minot State in addition to general advising tips & resources.

Advisor Information Sessions - Advisor workshops and webinars allow faculty and staff advisors the chance to share advising techniques, discuss challenging situations, learn about university resources/services, and receive updates on new policies and university requirements.

Campus Resources - The Campus Resource handout provides advisors with a quick reference to a variety of resources across the Minot State campus.

English & Math Placement - Based on NDUS policy (401.1.2) students must meet specific pre-requisites to enroll in English & Mathematics  courses. Those pre-requisites are available in a chart on the website and as a pdf.

New Student Orientation Advisor Manual - This manual is provided to those faculty and staff who assist with academic advisement & registration at New Student Orientation. The manual includes many resources that assist advisors when working with new transfers and/or freshmen. Manuals are updated each spring. To request a manual, advisors will need to contact the Academic Support Center.

Guide to Virtual Advising - The Guide to Virtual Advising is a resource for advisors who will be advising students remotely. Included in the guide is information to set up appointments in Starfish and instructions for using two different platforms for virtual advising - Microsoft Teams and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.

Starfish - Starfish allows advisors access to view past advising activity, flags (concerns and kudos), courses, grades, demographic data and notes for assigned advisees. Advisors are encouraged to contact advisees who have received flags and provide assistance.  This action can be documented in Starfish by closing the loop, prompting notification to the flag raiser. Advisors can also use the appointment feature in Starfish to simplify the scheduling process.

Academic Advising Best Practices

National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) - NACADA promotes and supports quality academic advising in institutions of higher education to enhance the educational development of students. NACADA provides a forum for discussion, debate, and the exchange of ideas pertaining to academic advising through numerous activities and publications.

The Mentor: Innovative Scholarship on Academic Advising - The Mentor is a peer-reviewed scholarly publication about academic advising in higher education. The journal is free and published only online.

National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition - The Center serves education professional by supporting and advancing efforts to improve student learning and transitions into and through higher education.