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Responsibilities of Advisors

Academic Advising

  • Develop a working relationship with your students through trust, listening, and communication.
  • Assist students in defining their academic and future goals.
  • Help students develop a schedule that serves their needs and interests.
  • Encourage your students to identify and commit to a major program of study
  • Provide accurate information about degrees, majors, departments, and pre-professional programs.
  • When necessary, refer students to the counselor, chaplain, or other services for personal concerns outside the realm of academics and career preparation.
  • Refer students to other academic and career support services and activities on campus as needed.
  • Review course changes and other academic transactions requiring an advisor's signature and recommend appropriate action as required.
  • Monitor the student's progress in classes and toward goals.
  • Help students to investigate possible links between their academic work and future plans.
  • Allow students to make decisions and thus have ownership of the choice.
  • Keep accurate and complete records of all students advised.

A note on privacy: The 1974 "Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act" (FERPA) protects your educational records by limiting access to them only to College employees who must have the information as part of our jobs, and does not allow us to discuss the information with other people, including your parents, without your permission.  Release forms are available at Forms for New Students.