Academics

Academic Advising Goals and Objectives

GOAL I: The University mission statement on academic advising shall be widely disseminated and implemented.

The Academic Council has adopted the following mission statement on academic advising for the University:

“Academic advising is an ongoing educational process that connects the student to the University. Academic advising supports the University’s mission of preparing the student for learning beyond the confines of the academy. Academic advisors represent and interpret University policies and procedures to the student and help the student navigate the academic and organizational paths of the institution.”

Intended Outcomes/Objectives:
  • 1.1 The mission statement on academic advising approved by the Academic Council will be implemented according to an established timeline.
  • 1.2 Literature provided to prospective and enrolled students and disseminated to faculty, professional advisors, other staff, and administrators will contain the mission statement on academic advising.
  • 1.3 The mission statement on academic advising will be readily accessible on the University web page designated to “Advising”.
  • 1.4 The mission statement on academic advising shall be regularly be reviewed by the University Advising Committee.

GOAL II: The University shall demonstrate a continuing commitment to effective academic undergraduate and graduate advising through appropriate recognition, communication, policies, and funding.

Intended Outcomes/Objectives:
  • 2.1 Academic advising shall be systematically assessed university-wide.
  • 2.2 Guidelines shall be developed for the inclusion of effective academic advising as a significant criterion for tenure, promotion, and other personnel actions for all faculty and staff whose duties include advising or the supervision of advising.
  • 2.3 Academic advising information shall be shared through advisor development workshops, advisor manuals and other means.
  • 2.4 Academic advising shall be adequately funded.
  • 2.5 Adequate time and resources for academic advising shall be included during new student/transfer orientation sessions and other advising sessions.
  • 2.6 A policy setting an upper limit on the number of advisees per advisor shall be developed.

GOAL III: Each College and Department shall develop a plan of action for continued commitment to effective academic advising consistent with the University’s philosophy.

Intended Outcomes/Objectives:
  • 3.1 Each College and Department shall ensure that guidelines are developed for the inclusion of effective advising as a significant criterion for tenure, promotion, and other personnel actions for all faculty and staff whose duties include advising or the supervision of advising.
  • 3.2 Each College and Department shall routinely provide funds for the enhancement of advising, including support for attendance at advising-related seminars and conferences.
  • 3.3 Each College and Department shall routinely assess its academic advising program according to an established plan.

GOAL IV: Academic advisors (faculty and professional staff) shall demonstrate effective academic advising consistent with the University, College, and Departmental philosophies.

Intended Outcomes/Objectives:
  • 4.1 Advisors shall assist students with course selection based on curriculum and University requirements.
  • 4.2 Advisors assist students in exploring career and educational opportunities.
  • 4.3 Advisors shall utilize available campus resources based upon identified need and make referrals as appropriate.
  • 4.4 Advisors shall be familiar with available curricular, university and professional requirements.

GOAL V: Students shall be informed of their personal responsibilities in the advising process.

Intended Outcomes/Objectives:
  • 5.1 Adequate time for academic advising shall be included during new student/transfer orientation sessions.
  • 5.2 Each student shall ultimately be responsible for completing requirements for the degree.
  • 5.3 Each student shall become an active participant in the advising system.

November 2001 Revision