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:
- 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.
- Identifying the End Goal – Does the student have a long term plan? Can the advisor offer advice regarding the students’ goals.
- Identifying the Current Situation – Are there circumstances that affect the short term plan? Work, finances, family, etc.
- 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.
- 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.