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Academic advising syllabi are applicable to students advised by professional staff advisers in the Student Services Center and to students in the Colleges of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Visual and Performing Arts whose faculty advisers choose to use a syllabus with their advisees.
Full syllabus documents include Student Services Center Contact Information, Mission Statements, Student Learning Outcomes, Resources for Achieving Student Learning Outcomes, and Important Dates for First-Year Students. Other key components are excerpted here:
If you can’t keep an appointment, call as soon as possible to cancel.
Prepare for appointments using the “Advising Appointment Preparation Sheet” (on website and in the Orientation course packet).
Silence and stow all electronic devices before appointments.
Establish a routine to check and read your Rockets email regularly.
Definition of Academic Advising
Academic advising is a collaboration between a student and a professional staff or faculty adviser. Its purpose is to help students
- Develop and reach sound academic and career development goals
- Gather information on requirements, course offerings, graduate and career opportunities, creative projects, undergraduate research, internships, study abroad, etc.
- Weigh alternatives while making decisions
- Connect with campus services and activities
- Stay on track for graduation through the selection and scheduling of appropriate courses
Responsibilities of Advisers and Students
Advisers are expected to…
- Provide accurate and relevant information
- Act in the best interest of students
- Address students’ academic concerns or refer students to someone who can
- Guide and assist students through the course selection, registration, academic and career exploration processes
Students are expected to…
- Meet with their advisers on a regular basis (at least once a semester)
- Prepare for their advising appointments (develop questions, research majors, etc.)
- Follow through on recommendations made by their advisers (speak to financial aid, go to instructor’s office hours, etc.)
- Be accountable for their decisions and academic progress