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Academic Advising Syllabi

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 Communication and the Arts whose faculty advisers choose to use a syllabus with their advisees.

Academic Advising Syllabus for the College of Languages, Literature, and Social Sciences

Academic Advising Syllabus for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Academic Advising Syllabus for the College of Communication and the Arts

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 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

Expect advisers 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
Last Updated: 3/23/15