Characteristics of Effective Advisors

Advisors who possess the following characteristics are most successful with students:

  • believes in the opportunities provided to students through proactive advising
  • demonstrates a concerned and caring attitude toward advisees
  • exhibits effective interpersonal and communication skills
  • is available to advisees as needed
  • engages in frequent contact with advisees
  • demonstrates knowledge of institutional regulations, policies, offerings, and procedures
  • monitors student progress
  • uses appropriate information sources and refers students when necessary
  • engages in a developmental, appreciative approach to advising