The mission of academic advising is to provide academic support to students by providing information and appropriate referrals related to degree programs, career goals, and life goals while influencing the student’s development into a responsive and engaged professional who will teach, lead, and serve.
This mission is accomplished by offering individual academic advising as well as providing electronic resources necessary to ensure the student is well informed, receives accurate and timely information relating to academic requirements, policies and procedures and career choices, and to enable the student to accept the responsibilities of being a "professional in training."
Academic advising is a dynamic relationship, a developmental process through which an advisor and advisee (the student) establish a shared partnership. The advisor serves as a teacher, guide, and facilitator, encouraging the advisee (student) to assume responsibilities for making decisions, thinking critically, utilizing resources, and reaching their potential. Academic advising is vital to student success and is essential to the well-being of students and provides help in establishing realistic goals and meeting students’ academic needs.
Each student has ultimate responsibility for meeting the requirements of his or her academic degree program. By utilizing support offered through the Advising Center, professional advisors, and faculty advisors, students have the necessary resources to meet the challenges of being a college student.
Advisors encourage students to:
- Gain a clearer understanding of the experience of higher education,
- Approach their education in an organized and meaningful way,
- Think critically,
- Take responsibility for their education,
- Seek out resources,
- Develop plans of action towards goal achievement, and
- Evaluate progress toward their goals.
Academic advising is student centered, utilizes the resources of the University and promotes a successful academic experience.