Student Services

Academic Advising Syllabi

Academic advising syllabi are applicable to students advised by professional staff advisors in the Student Services Center and to students in the College of Arts and Letters as well as the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics whose faculty advisors choose to use a syllabus with their advisees.

Academic Advising Syllabus for the College of Arts and Letters

Academic Advising Syllabus for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Full syllabus document includes Student Services Center Contact Information, Mission Statements, Student Learning Outcomes, and Resources for Achieving Student Learning Outcomes.   Other key components are excerpted here:

Advising Protocols
If you can’t keep an appointment, call as soon as possible to cancel.
Prepare for appointments using such helps as the “Advising Appointment Preparation Sheet” and/or four-year "Academic Planner" (on website and in the "Be Advised" materials).
Silence 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 advisor. 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 Advisors and Students

Expect advisors to . . .

1. Provide students with accurate and relevant information

2. Address students' academic interests and concerns or refer them to others who can assist them

3. Guide and assist students through course selection, registration, career exploration and other academic processes

Students are expected to. . .

  1. Prepare for advising appointments.  Prepared students do the following:
  • Research majors, careers, internships, undergraduate research and other opportunities
  • Create a list of potential courses for the next semester
  • Write down questions to ask during the appointment

2. Plan for the future.  Examples of planning include the following:

  • Identify goals and the steps it will take to achieve them
  • Determine what courses to take and when to take them
  • Determine what engagement opportunities (research, internships, study abroad, etc.) to pursue and when to pursue them

3. Successfully access, read, and use as Degree Audit Report.

4. Demonstrate sound academic decision-making.

  • Set realistic goals and expectations
  • Take strengths, weaknesses, and interests into account when making decisions

Other useful forms

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Grades and Grade Point Average

How to Calculate your GPA

Success Coach or Advisor?

Undergraduate Academic Policies

Last Updated: 1/6/21