Goals and Objectives of Academic Advising
The goal of academic advising is to help you shape a meaningful educational experience. The elements of that education include your classes, your co-curricular activities, your work, and your personal experiences. Through ongoing reflection and discussion, with your interests and goals in mind, you will integrate all the elements of your college experience so you can make the most of your education. You need to be actively engaged in the process of defining your academic goals, and sharing those goals with your adviser in a series of conversations that extend over your entire undergraduate years.
- Take ownership of your education.
- Learn about program requirements, university resources and campus procedures.
- Prepare for advising meetings ahead of time.
- Participate actively during appointments by taking notes.
- Use a system to keep track of advising related materials.
- Make use of campus resources.
- Ask questions that are important to you.
- Seek assistance when concerns arise.
- Reflect on and identify current educational goals.
- Make decisions and take actions that connect to your goals.
- Be knowledgeable about program requirements, university resources and campus procedures.
- Create a safe space where you can express your concerns and individual values.
- Listen to and respect your concerns and values.
- Support you in defining academic, career and life goals.
- Help you to create educational plans that are consistent with your goals.
- Provide referrals to relevant campus resources.
- Consider and respond to you as a whole person.
First Year Transfer Students
Students will develop an annual plan (academic plan, social integration, career exploration, volunteer opportunity, or other).
Students understand benefits of campus and departmental engagement (options such as research, independent study and study abroad options available in their program.)
Students will understand coursework as a way to learn/improve skills as well as develop content specific knowledge.
Students know what support services are available on campus (ICC, Advising Services) and
can explain how they will use them to prepare for what happens after graduation.
Students have developed a resume.
First Year Students
Students understand advisor/advisee responsibilities.
Students understand responsibility for their education is their own.
Students can explain the different purposes of GE and Major classes.
Students know what campus resources are available.
Students know who advises them on different requirements.
Students understand several ways that going to office hours and connecting with faculty can be
Students know the importance of the course syllabus.
Students will develop an annual plan (academic or goal based).
Second Year Students
Students understand benefits of campus and departmental engagement (options like research,
internships, independent study, and study abroad opportunities available in their program).
Students know what support services are available on campus and can explain how they will
use them to prepare for what happens after graduation.
Students will understand coursework and co-curricular activities as ways to learn/improve skills
as well as develop content specific knowledge. Students have assessed transferable skills and
made plans for growth.
Students will develop a plan for their middle college years.
Students will develop a resume.
Third Year Students
Students have assessed skills and made plans for growth.
Students have identified internships, service or volunteer opportunities that relate to their career interests, or development goals.
Students know what support services are available on campus (highlight: CLL and ICC).
Fourth Year Students/Second Year Transfer Students
Students have started planning for their transition out of college by engaging with campus resources. Students will participate in two engagements:
ICC – any workshop
ICC meeting with an adviser
CLL Professional Development Workshops
SASC Pre-Grad any workshop
SASC Pre-grad meeting with an adviser
Pre-Health meeting with an adviser
Optional students will meet with an advisor when they have completed their engagements.