What We Do

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We're Here for You!

Academic advisors with the CECI Undergraduate Advising Center are here to help you. Whether you’re looking for guidance in your major or just want more information about our programs, the advisors are here to collaborate with you, encourage you, and support you. Your advisor has a responsibility to get you accurate and timely information about academic requirements, university resources, and opportunities related to enriching your college experience and personal lives. Together, you and your advisor will work toward developing useful skills, gaining power over your journey, and creating effective strategies to achieve these goals. 

Advising at GVSU

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CECI Advising Mission, Values, and Goals

Academic Advising at GVSU

GVSU Undergraduate Academic Advising Mission Statement

Academic advising engages students in the process of exploring and defining their academic and career goals and in creating effective strategies to achieve these goals. Through collaborative relationships with academic advisors, students are encouraged and supported as they develop skills necessary to take responsibility for their own development and success. Academic advisors educate students by providing accessible, accurate, and timely information regarding academic requirements, university resources and opportunities to develop critical thinking skills and enrich the college experience and their personal lives. 

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Degree Planning

We help students make informed choices about degree and graduation requirements. That means we can help clarify curriculum, course content, and right-for-you course sequences. We also walk you through the many types of educational experiences you can have that make your college experience as rich and fulfilling as you want! Want to chat about your degree path, options, and courses related to your major?

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Goal Setting

We can assist you in the process of clarifying and identifying your own career and life goals, feeling more confident in decision-making processes, and becoming more powerful in your own self-direction. Want to chat with your advisor about planning for your future?

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Policy and Procedural Understanding

GVSU has policies and procedures for many aspects of college academics and life. We, as advisors, are here to help you sort it all out! While the university considers you responsible for your role in the academic process and navigating the university system, we are here to make it as smooth as possible. Want to meet with your advisor to learn more about policies, resolve an issue, or follow a specific university procedure?

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Campus Connecting

Grand Valley offers many resources around campus that support the academic, professional, and personal aspects of the lives of all students. As a student here, you have access to all of these resources. Want to meet with your advisor to get in touch with GVSU services?

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Our Mission, Values, and Goals


Academic advising within the College of Education and Community Innovation (CECI) is a collaborative partnership between students, faculty, and staff committed to developing meaningful educational plans aligned with students' values, goals, and interests. We engage students as active participants in their educational experience and empower them to successfully navigate the university in pursuit of their personal, academic and professional goals.

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  • We strive to create and sustain relationships with students, faculty, and staff built on mutual respect, understanding, and acceptance that each person has unique backgrounds, abilities, values, and goals.
  • We strive to honor each student’s story and appreciate that the educational process is a personal journey. As part of that process, we are committed to listening to and meeting students where they are and assisting with the development of educational plans
  • We strive to challenge students to take risks and engage in different types of learning opportunities and to support them in making meaning of the connections between their educational experiences, in and out of the classroom.
  • We strive to connect students with colleagues within our college, the university, and the greater community who have the experience & expertise to provide relevant information, guidance and support as they pursue their educational goals
  • We strive to help students find the value, purpose, and potential of higher education by viewing their curriculum as a whole to understand how university and major requirements prepare them to participate in the world.  
  • We strive to empower students to accept personal responsibility for the pursuit of their educational and career goals.  
  • We strive to bring awareness to and assist students in the navigation of policies, procedures, and requirements
  • We strive to develop and employ creative problem solving strategies
  • We strive to be a leader in our profession by engaging in professional enrichment opportunities; supporting active learning through publications, presentations, and involvement in professional organizations; and utilizing best practices advancing our programs and services
  • We strive to be strong advocates and mediators while also being conscientious institutional representatives
  • We strive to represent the university in an ethical way adhering to the institution's policies, procedures, and interpretation of applicable laws 


  • Assist undergraduate students with declared majors or minors in the College of Education and Community Innovation with the development of appropriate educational plans to meet their academic, career, and life goals

  • Encourage students to seek out diverse educational experiences, both within and outside of the classroom, to enhance the student’s learning and academic development

  • Inform students about the available programs, services, and university resources to support academic success. As necessary, make appropriate referrals to other advising staff, faculty, programs, or support services throughout the university.

  • Monitor the academic progress of undergraduate students with declared majors or minors in the College of Education and Community Innovation and provide intentional advising assistance and support.

  • Provide ongoing, consistent, communication, training, and development for faculty and staff within the College of Education and Community Innovation

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Page last modified January 26, 2024