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Advisor Expectations of Advisees

Students owe it to themselves and their advisors to accept their share of the responsibility for developing a good advisor/advisee relationship. Here are a few of the things advisors should expect of their advisees.

  1. Expect them to learn as much as possible about program requirements that affect them. The Undergraduate Catalog contains a wealth of important and useful information. Academic requirements change, but the catalog current when students enter the University is the institution’s contract with them regarding the program requirements they will be required to meet. Students should review the catalog available online and refer to it often for answers to numerous questions. The Student Handbook and Student Conduct Code (PDF) are also publications to be familiar with and are available online through Student Affairs.
  2. Expect your advisees to prepare for each visit by making a list of issues they want to discuss. If selection of classes is one of the topics, students should have done some thinking about course selection in advance of their advising visit. In addition to your department or unit chair, your college office (Assoc. Dean or Director and experienced staff) is an important resource and back-up for academic advising issues that affect students. These issues might be related to coursework, to the academic calendar, or to personal or financial concerns. Chairs and the college office staffs know a lot about policies, processes, and paperwork connected with strategizing good academic outcomes and dealing with emergencies: add-drop and withdrawal issues and deadlines; degree requirements outside the major; illness or family issues that affect a student’s academic work; classroom or grading issues; academic standing; double majors and double degrees; graduation; etc. A call to your chair or to the college office can often quickly connect you and your advisee with accurate information about academic policies and with resources to help your advisee solve problems.
  3. Expect your advisees to make advising appointments and keep them: what applies to the advisor here also applies to the advisee.

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