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Faculty Responsibilities

Effective Faculty Advisors Will:

Provide Quality Procedures

  • Know who their advisees are via Banner and the Student Success Collaborative.
  • Communicate regularly with their advisees, especially at the start of each academic year and prior to registration each winter semester.
  • Provide an open, welcoming atmosphere that honors the unique nature and diverse backgrounds and interests of each student.
  • Provide accurate and timely information to students.
  • Utilize Banner and the Student Success Collaborative, as appropriate, to prepare for meetings with students and to keep records of each meeting including date/time of meeting and content of discussion.
  • Be available to students and provide an appropriate amount of time for students to discuss plans, programs, courses, academic progress, and other subjects related to their educational program.
  • Understand the FERPA guidelines as it pertains to student advising records.

Be Knowledgeable About All Degree Requirements

  • Understand and be able to communicate the requirements for all the majors, minors, programs and certificates for which they advise.
  • Provide degree maps that lay out a course of study for each academic interest area (as appropriate).
  • Provide guidance to students when choosing appropriate elective courses within their academic programs that match their interests and abilities.
  • Be knowledgeable about complementary courses and experiences outside of the students’ majors and areas of study.
  • Utilize MyPath to assess students’ progress towards a selected or prospective degrees.
  • Explain all requirements, degree maps, and MyPath tools to students.

Provide an Overview of General Education Requirements

  • Understand and be able to communicate the undergraduate General Education requirements and how they apply to a students’ program of study.
  • Articulate the role of General Education requirements in an undergraduate Liberal Arts Education.

Provide Information in Support of Student Success

  • Know the important resources on campus and provide appropriate referrals to student success resources, such as the CLAS Academic Advising Center, the Registrar’s Office, the Counseling Center, Tutoring and Study Support Services, the library, etc.
  • Provide objective advice to students whose academic performance prevents them from pursuing their degree program. 
  • Assist students in identifying obstacles to their success and work together to find solutions or alternative plans.
  • Encourage students to take an active role in planning and achieving their educational and career goals.

Provide Information on Potential Careers and Opportunities for Graduate Study

  • Provide objective career mentoring to students.
  • Assist students in choosing courses and experiences to prepare them for their specific career or graduate work.
  • Assist students in determining appropriate graduate programs.
  • Define effective strategies to students for graduate school admissions and/or employment.

Make Recommendations for Undergraduate Scholarship

  • Provide students with possible avenues to pursue undergraduate scholarship.
  • Advise students on alignment of possible scholarship to career goals.

Take Advantage of Academic Advising Professional Development Opportunities

  • Keep current on advising requirements and resources by participating in advising development programs to enhance knowledge and skills.
  • Collaborate with liaisons in the CLAS Academic Advising Center to gain a broader understanding of university and degree requirements.
  • Seek assistance from Center liaisons as well as the Assistant Dean of Advising and Student Services when presented with advising challenges.