The mission of the academic advising program is to promote student development, provide resources for academic success, and prepare students for their careers, citizenship, and their lives. Academic advising is coordinated through the Office of Student Academic Services. Each student is assigned an advisor at the time of enrollment from the appropriate academic program area.
The assigned advisor assists the student with interpreting academic requirements and regulations, establishing career and educational goals, and determining course schedules. The advisor will also advocate for student success and persistence. While input from other professionals on campus is valuable, the official advisor serves as the best individual on campus for students to seek counsel from in terms of their program, course scheduling, and achieving academic success.
The student has the primary responsibility for making decisions about career and educational plans and for meeting all appropriate academic requirements. The student is responsible for meeting with their official advisor at least once per semester to receive assistance with class scheduling.
The advisor, through collaboration with the advisee, will maintain an advising record containing general and pertinent information. The advisor adds or changes information as the student progresses academically and personally.
A student may request a change of advisor at any time. Requests for a change of advisor must be reviewed by the chair of the academic department. Any change is processed in the Office of Student Academic Services.
1. Undergraduate, degree seeking students, including undeclared, will be assigned an advisor at the time of their enrollment.
a. Advisees will be assigned to advisors based on guidelines provided by each academic department.
b. Advisee assignments will be communicated to the academic departments.
c. Undeclared students and University Studies may be assigned to academic support staff or faculty as needed.
2. Upon assignment, Advisors will make contact with new advisees to begin the advising relationship, communicate any department expectations, and describe advising work flow.
a. Departments are expected to determine advising expectations for students in their programs. Expectations may include, but are not limited to: required advising sessions, group advising, or use of non-department based advising.
b. Departments will coordinate with Student Academic Services, the Registrar’s Office, and other campus services to ensure expectations are being upheld.
3. Requests for changes to an academic plan should be initiated by the student through Student Academic Services.
a. Changes to an academic plan may require a change of advisor. New advisors will be assigned by Student Academic Services based on guidelines provided by academic departments.
b. Student Academic Services will communicate the change of academic plan and advisor assignment to the necessary faculty members and department chairs.
c. Newly assigned faculty advisors are responsible to communicate with the previous advisor to gather any information maintained in the student’s advising record.
d. Reasons for academic plan changes and advisor assignments will be gathered and tracked by Student Academic Services. This information will be shared with department chairs and the Vice President of Academic Affairs when necessary.
4. Students wanting to change advisors must meet with Student Academic Services to initiate the request.
a. Students may select their first choice of new advisor with guidance from Student Academic Services.
b. Student Academic Services will contact the chair of student’s academic department to communicate the request.
c. The department chair may recommend a different advisor be assigned in order to maintain faculty workload balance and to ensure appropriate faculty assignments.
d. Reasons for advisor change requests will be gathered and tracked by Student Academic Services. This information will be utilized to determine areas of concern and need for advisor training.This information will be shared with department chairs and the Vice President of Academic Affairs when necessary.
Sponsored by: Vice President for Academic Affairs
Effective: Fall, 1990
Revised Number: February 2010
Revised: August 2016