Advising at Grand Valley

Definition of Academic Advising

Advising is an integral part of a college education. The advising process establishes a collaborative relationship between student and advisor in which the student feels a sense of connection, support, and guidance. Effective advising is developmental. It responds to, and creates, growth and change within the student. Advising encourages students to think critically, seek out resources, and develop action plans. It provides students with the information and encouragement they need to take personal responsibility for exploring options and making decisions. Ultimately, advising allows each student to achieve a meaningful and successful educational experience.

Academic Advisor

Every student, regardless of whether you have a major or not, is assigned an academic advisor.  If you have a major, you will have an advisor assigned from your college or academic department.  Students who are undecided (pre-major) are assigned an advisor from the Student Academic Success Center.  To find out who your advisor is, log on to myBanner and follow these links:  Student, Student Records, and View Major and Advisor Information.

Goals for Advising/Advisor Roles & Responsibilities:
1. Development of suitable educational plans.
2. Clarification of career and life goals.
3. Selection of appropriate courses and other educational experiences.
4. Interpretation of institutional requirements.
5. Enhancement of student awareness about educational resources available (e.g., internshipstudy abroadHonors College, and learning assistance programs).
6. Evaluation of student progress toward established goals.
7. Development of decision-making skills.
8. Reinforcement of student self-direction.
9. Referral to and use of institutional and community support services.
10. On-going evaluation of advising services.

Student Roles and Responsibilities in Advising:
1. Give thoughtful consideration to your academic and career goals.
2. Prepare a written list of questions before each meeting with your advisor.
3. Initiate contact with a faculty advisor and/or an Advising Center.
4. Actively participate in advising session.
5. Ask questions! If you do not understand a policy or procedure, ask questions until you do understand.
6. Know the Academic Calendar. Do not miss deadlines. Know when to register and drop or add courses.
7. Schedule courses that are consistent with your educational goals and that will meet degree requirements.
8. Accept responsibility for making final decisions on academic choices. Academic advisors will present you with options.