Adviser Responsibilities

The role of the faculty/professional staff in advising is to guide students through their academic planning and to help them understand what constitutes necessary progress toward graduation.  

Advisers to undeclared students should help students choose courses to fulfill general education requirements and degree requirements and to choose   a major.

Advisers in the major should help students choose courses to fulfill general education, degree and major requirements.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Become knowledgeable about graduation requirements by attending advising workshops Be able to explain College requirements:
    • General Education
    • Specific major requirements in own discipline
    • Implications of repeating courses
    • Implications of Warning and Probation
    • Implications of S/U grading
    • Hours required for graduation
    • Distinctions among lower and upper division, liberal and non-liberal arts designations and hours required, PE hours
  • Do not place a freshman in a 300 or 400 level class.
  • Do not put a student in more than two science lab classes in the first two semesters unless required by the major.
  • Do not propose taking a full schedule of General Education Requirements.
  • Respond in a timely manner to advisees' inquiries
  • Be familiar with the campus layout so as to avoid scheduling successive classes that may be located at opposite ends of the campus.
  • Make an advising appointment available with each advisee every semester during the advising period. At the appointment, be prepared to discuss the following:
    • Academic progress
    • Scheduling/Registration procedures
    • Meeting graduation requirements
    • Program requirements, prerequisites, etc.
    • Within the major: Appropriateness of the current degree program to meet the advisees' goals
    • Career plans
    • Advanced education after graduation
  • All academic advisers should be able to refer students to appropriate campus resources (e.g. academic, financial aid, social, emotional health) as needed.


Your Limitations as an adviser:

  • You cannot make decisions for an advisee, but can be a sympathetic listener and offer alternatives to consider.
  • You cannot alter natural abilities of a student, but can encourage development of talents.
  • You cannot change academic requirements or college policy.
  • You cannot serve as a personal counselor, but can be a resource for referrals to appropriate professional personnel.