Faculty Advisors

Few experiences in students' post-secondary careers have as much potential for influencing their development as does academic advising.

- NACADA, Statement of Core Values of Academic Advising

Responsibilities of Advisors and Advisees

Advisors

  • Post office hours for student advisement. 
  • Provide knowledgeable information regarding the General Core curriculum and the specific requirements of their departmental major(s). 
  • Provide knowledgeable information about University policies and procedures (or direct their advisees to the appropriate source) 
  • Provide information about various services available on campus. 
  • Track each advisee's progress toward completion of degree requirements. 
  • Review each advisee's proposed schedule of classes prior to pre-registration and make appropriate suggestions. 
  • Sign various forms such as drop/add, withdrawal from a course, change of major, audit, or overload request. 
  • Track academic progress, meeting with students who are having academic difficulty and providing appropriate guidance. 
  • Are respectful of the need for confidentiality between the advisor and advisee. 
  • Assists with identification and achievement of both career goals and life goals.
  • N.B. The Advisee (student) has ultimate responsibility for academic decisions.

Advisees

  • Meet with their advisors as frequently as necessary (at a minimum, during the Advisor Consultation week, prior to pre-registration for the following term). 
  • Prepare for the consultation meeting (i.e., they review general core and departmental requirements, check for course prerequisites, choose courses and alternates, and plan a tentative schedule). 
  • Keep in touch with advisors when confronted by any problems which may affect academic performance. 
  • Are proactive in seeking information which will assist making life and/or career decisions. 
  • Participate actively in the advisor-advisee relationship. 
  • Become increasingly self-directed. 
  • Keep conscientious records of academic progress. 
  • Recognize that they have ultimate responsibility for academic decisions. 

Resources

WebAdvisor

Questions? 

Ann Koefer
Director of the Academic Resource Center
ann.koefer@desales.edu