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Advisement Philosophy

The Advisement Experience

I believe the purpose of advising is to help students connect with the department, to visualize a path to their degree, and to commit to a level of accountability for their success.  As an academic advisor, I strive to be knowledgeable, resourceful and dependable.  As a member of the advising community I think it is important to stay informed of curriculum updates and program changes.  Each advisement experience includes the following interactions:

  1. Making a Connection – Advisor and student exchange introductions. Advisor seeks background information, major, what semester of study, do they understand what requirements they have to fulfill.
  2. Identifying the End Goal – Does the student have a long term plan? Can the advisor offer advice regarding the students’ goals.
  3. Identifying the Current Situation – Are there circumstances that affect the short term plan? Work, finances, family, etc.
  4. Establishing Accountability – Review the recommended pathway for the student and identify critical junctures along the path. The student should understand their role and responsibility in completing their degrees in a timely manner.
  5. Inviting them back – Advisors should encourage students to come back next semester and check the progress of the plan developed during this session of academic advising.

Scavenger Hunt Reflection

For the scavenger hunt, we started out in Voorhees and I can say that the branding and signage is very good compared to the other buildings. However, it would be more beneficial if all of the buildings carried the same branding.

I used to wonder how students managed to “miss” advisement. During advisement, we put up a lot of signs but I can see now, that is just another piece of paper on the wall. To answer the question about, How widely known are the benefits of seeing an advisor? Who are we communicating this to and at what time/place? I would say that we are not doing a very good job identifying the Value of advisement.  I talk to my students in my class about it and during orientation but what about the students who don’t hear about it?

To reflect on, Did what you find meet your standards?  I can relate to students now.  I realize that we have an “expert blind spot” in advisement just as in teaching.  There is a lot more background information in our heads when we are explaining advisement options to our students.  We forget that from their point of view, it may not all make sense.