Below you will find helpful information in regards to the role of a student and their advisor
Role of an Advisor and Responsiblities
Academic advisors can play a very important role in a student’s post secondary academic career. Our advising team believes that effective advising skills and effective teaching skills should go hand-and-hand. Students should receive useful information inside and outside of the classroom while in college.
Good academic advising can help students’ abilities to make good choices, improve their critical thinking skills, and set attainable goals that are in their best interest. In many cases it is difficult to determine which type of advisor is best for each student because each advisor and student is different. However, the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) has devised a listing of effective practices for new and experienced advisors. This list contains some helpful practices suggested from the NACADA.
- Provide the most current information possible available for advising sessions with advisees (e.g., Bingo Sheets, Academic Catalog, Student Handbook, etc.)
- Keep an updated file on each advisee.
- Encourage contact with all advisees with posted and regularly scheduled office hours.
- Extend office hours prior to and during registration. Try to notify advisees in writing (via e-mail is fine) of any special office hours or of any additional information advisees may need to bring upon their visit.
- Develop a broad knowledge of the college (or institution) so you can answer students questions effectively and, if you are unable to, you can refer students to the appropriate office or individual that can help them. (This can prevent students from getting frustrated and feeling like they cannot get the right information.)
- Help advisees recognize their responsibilities as students and what they can do to be successful while in college.
- Remain informed on courses and class schedules in order to help students make accommodating schedules.
- Be certain that students/advisees that are having academic difficulties are aware of the Tutoring Center, Writing Center, and all of the resources that each provides.
What you can expect from your advisor:
- To clarify University and School policies, regulations, programs and procedures about which you may have questions.
- To be available to meet with you each semester.
- To keep regular office hours and be adequately available to meet with you.
- To offer advice on selecting courses and to assist you in developing and academic plan that satisfies degree requirements.
- To assist you in planning a program, both short-term and long-term, that is consistent with your abilities and interests. This includes course load and factors such as academic background, program demands, employment or personal commitments.
- To be a responsive listener and to refer you to appropriate support services at the University when needed.
- To discuss with you your academic performance and the implications of your performance for the programs you desire to pursue.
- To help you explore your interests, abilities, and goals and to relate them to academic majors.
- To monitor your progress toward educational goals and keep accurate, up-to-date records of your academic progress.
- To respect your right to privacy of educational records and discuss your confidential information only with appropriate individuals and for the purpose of serving your best interest.
- To help you assume responsibility for your decisions and actions.
- To be knowledgeable about career opportunities and to refer you to Career Services as needed.
- To refer you to other services, departments, and specific individuals as special needs are identified.
Role of a Student and Responsiblities
Becoming a college student for the first time can be difficult and overwhelming. Some students adapt well to the changes immediately, while others may take a little time. It’s important to remember that there are others that may feel the same as you, or have asked questions that you may have now. Being able to refer to the right resources often helps students feel less anxious about their college experience, and hopefully these tips listed below will be of some help.
Students can help themselves become successful while in college by doing the following:
- Develop a positive and meaningful relationship with a representative from their College.
- Become involved in extracurricular activities.
- Do not hesitate for help when you need it.
- Become knowledgeable of as many of your college resources as possible.
- Keep track of your bingo sheet by seeing your advisor at least once during the end of each semester, so that it can be filled out appropriately.
- Be aware of the graduation requirements for your degree, and if a “double major” is possible for you (if interested).
- Be knowledgeable of how to operate and register into your myPNW account.
- Devise a listing of all goals, long and short term, and keep track of them (This is a good way to keep your life organized).
What your advisor can expect from you:
Advisors can help you understand fully all of your options and avoid needless mistakes, but only if you take the initiative to seek their advice. Your responsibilities in the advising relationship are:
- To take the initiative to contact your advisor.
- To have and be familiar with all University and College of Business policies, including the specific requirements for your degree program and major.
- To prepare a list of questions or concerns before each meeting with your advisor. Have a tentative written schedule prepared if you are registering.
- To gather all relevant decision-making information.
- To ask questions! If you don’t understand a policy or procedure, ask questions until you do understand.
- To be familiar with the requirements of the major(s) which you are pursuing and to schedule courses each semester in accordance with those requirements.
- To be aware of the prerequisites for each course that you include in your semester schedule and to discuss with your advisor how prerequisites will affect the sequencing of your courses.
- To follow university procedures for registering courses and for making adjustments to your class schedule.
- To observe academic deadlines. Don’t miss deadlines. Know when to register and when to drop or add classes. Set up appointments with your advisor well in advance of these deadlines.
- To keep a personal record of your progress toward your degree. Organize official university documents (Undergraduate Catalog, schedule of classes, plans of study, etc.) in a way that enables you to access them when needed.
- To understand academic performance standards, academic probation, academic dismissal, and to know GPA requirements.
- To notify the University if your address or phone number changes.
- To read your University mail, including email sent to your official student email account.
- To inform your advisor immediately whenever a serious problem (medical, financial, or personal) disrupts your ability to attend classes or interferes with your ability to focus on your education and to perform your best work.