What is Academic Advising?

Advising is a developmental process which assists students in the clarification of their life/career goals and in the development of educational plans for the realization of these goals. It is a decision-making process which assists students in realizing their maximum educational potential through communication and information exchanges with an advisor; it is ongoing, multi-faceted, and the responsibility of both student and advisor. The advisor serves as a facilitator of communication; a coordinator of learning experiences through course and career planning and program progress review; and an agent of referral to other campus services as necessary.

The primary purpose of academic advising is to assist students in their growth and development by constructing meaningful educational plans which are compatible with their life goals. It is a continuous and consistent process which is built upon the basis of frequent, accumulated personal contacts between advisor and advisee. Effective academic advising are considered a cornerstone of the student’s experience at Radford University. Excellent academic programs will not accomplish the desired end result if students are not properly guided and counseled.