Support Tools from Academic Advisement
in the Advising Relationship
Students should take the initiative to seek advisement and
develop close helping relationships with their Advisors. Students must be
proactive in regards to their educational plans. The advisee has primary
- making decisions about his/her
educational goals, including selection of courses, major, and career.
- scheduling all advising
sessions early in the advising period and arriving promptly prepared to
make full use of the advising session. Adequate preparation includes
reviewing core and major requirements, course offerings, academic
checksheet, academic progress and educational plan where appropriate. An
advisee is then primed to effectively discuss selections and maximize use
of the Advisor's knowledge, and experience.
- consulting with an Advisor on
changes in the approved schedule, or academic plans. An Advisor should be
consulted before changing majors, transferring, or withdrawing from
- discussing academic
difficulties with an Advisor and taking action to correct the difficulties.
- reading all college
communications and meeting all college deadlines pertinent to him/her.
(For example, the college catalog, the course schedule booklet, the
student handbook, letters/postcards from the registrar, deans, department
Academic Advisor's Skills
An Academic Advisor assists a student in pursuing his/her
educational goals, facilitating access to the full range of learning
opportunities and services available at Augusta State
University. To succeed in
this helping role, an Academic Advisor must:
- have a thorough understanding
of the current curriculum, institutional requirements, course sequences
and general education requirements. In addition to the core, an Advisor
must have knowledge of the specific requirements for major/minor
concentration offered by his/her department.
- have a working knowledge of
current institutional policies and procedures.
- be familiar with current
institutional support services, special programs, and cocurricular
activities for accurate and appropriate referrals.
- have basic interpersonal
communication and counseling skills.
In assisting students in the realization of their
educational goals, an Advisor bears primary responsibility for:
- aiding each advisee to plan
each term's program of courses and, as soon as possible, helping to
determine a comprehensive educational plan. It is recommended that a
degree checksheet be kept by both Advisor and advisee. The Advisor should
explain the core and departmental requirements, counseling the advisee in
the selection of appropriate courses. The Advisor must sign the
registration sheet and ADD/DROP slips and should accordingly be consulted
regarding schedule changes.
- reviewing with each advisee,
at least once per term, the record of his/her academic progress. An
Advisor should maintain accurate records for each advisee, including
progress reports, major checksheet, Advisor's copy of registration
worksheet, and transfer credit evaluations, if applicable. (The record
should indicate the date of the last advising session, the Advisor's name,
and session notes.) Advisors should assist advisees in accessing
appropriate support services and activities needed to successfully pursue
the student's educational plan. The Advisor should support the advisee's
periodic review of his/her educational plan.
Limitations On Academic
The Academic Advisor serves as a facilitator and role model.
However, there are limitations to an Advisor's responsibilities. An Academic
- can NOT make decisions for an
advisee, but can be a sympathetic listener and offer alternatives to
- can NOT alter the native
abilities of a student, but can encourage maximum development of talents.
- can NOT change college policy
or academic requirements, but can inform and recommend course of action.
- can NOT serve as a personal
counselor, but can be a resource for referrals to appropriate professional
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