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Role of Adviser and Advisee

The University Faculty Senate has defined the role of academic advising in the University community. This section is quoted from Faculty Senate Policy 32-30 on Advising:

“Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources. The college or department also will monitor the progress of its advisees towards satisfactory completion of all graduation requirements and inform students of their status each semester.* Advisees in turn will routinely contact their advisers each semester and will assume final responsibility for course scheduling, program planning, and the successful completion of graduation requirements.”

*Students can check their progress each semester by using the Degree Audit feature on eLion.

Responsibilities of Advisers

The academic adviser’s role is to:

  • Help the advisee to understand the academic and administrative processes of the University and the nature of its academic programs. The adviser also seeks to understand each advisee’s particular concerns affecting academic progress. The adviser neither grants nor denies administrative approval for particular academic actions.
  • Help the advisee to understand the expected standards of achievement and likelihood of success in certain areas of study.
  • Discuss the educational and career objectives suited to the advisee’s demonstrated abilities and expressed interests. The adviser helps the advisee to understand the relationships among the courses, programs, undergraduate research opportunities, internships, study abroad programs, and other academic experiences provided by the University.
  • Help the advisee to plan a course of study and give advice about courses and the adjustment of course loads. The adviser will inform the advisee about the prerequisites for subsequent courses in the advisee’s program.
  • Refer advisees to other resources when appropriate.
  • Participate in the adviser training sessions provided by each college or department to keep informed and current.

Responsibilities of Advisees

The advisee’s role in the academic advising process is to:

  • Acquire the information needed to assume final responsibility for course scheduling, program planning, and the successful completion of all graduation requirements.
  • Seek the academic and career information needed to meet educational goals.
  • Become knowledgeable about the relevant policies, procedures, and rules of the University, college, and academic program.
  • Be prepared with accurate information and relevant materials when contacting the adviser.
  • Consult with the adviser at least once a semester to decide on courses, review the accuracy of the audit, check progress towards graduation, and discuss the suitability of other educational opportunities provided by the University.

The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time.