Academic Advising Responsibilities

Academic advising is a developmental process which assists students in the clarification of their life/career goals and in the development of educational plans for the realization of these goals. It is a decision-making process by which students realize their maximum educational potential through communication and information exchanges with an adviser; it is ongoing, multifaceted, and the responsibility of both student and adviser. The adviser serves as a facilitator of communication, a coordinator of learning experiences through course and career planning and academic progress review, and an agent of referral to other campus agencies as necessary.

David S. Crockett, Ed. (1987). Advising Skills, Techniques and Resources: A Compilation of Materials Related to the Organization and Delivery of Advising Services. Iowa City, IA: ACT Corporation.

Responsibilities of the Student Responsibilities of the Advisor
Make the advising relationship succeed. Make the advising relationship succeed.
Routinely contact their advisers each semester. Encourage advisees to become engaged in their education.
Become knowledgeable about the relevant policies, procedures, and rules of the university, college, and academic programs. Help the advisee to understand the academic and administrative processes of the university and the nature of its academic programs.
Seek information and make decisions regarding your academic and career goals. Encourage advisees to meet their educational goals.
Seek and take advantage of resources to enhance your education. Encourage advisees to develop the habit of learning.
Prepare for advising appointments by having questions ready and Academic Requirements Report in hand. Provide information needed to plan the chosen program of study.
Ask for help when necessary and in a timely manner. Provide referrals to other specialized resources.
Assume final responsibility for course scheduling, program planning, and successful completion of graduation requirements. Monitor the progress of its advisees towards the satisfactory completion of all graduation requirements.

Academic Advising Center
DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone: 815-753-2573

FAX: 815-753-2902

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