Types of Advising

Advising is a core educational activity that assumes both a student's responsibility for their own learning and an advisor's interests in each student's individual goals, achievements, and aspirations. Advising is a complex and multi-facted process that involves several stakeholders on campus including students, academic advisors, program advisors, resource advisors. 

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  • Academic Advisors

    Academic advising services are delivered through our schools and colleges at the University.  Academic advisors are assigned students and work with students as they design their pathway to graduation considering the curricular requirements as well as each student's individual goals, achievements, and aspirations.

  • Program Advisors

    Program advisors work with students based on their formal participation in a program, rather than their major, or specific course of study. Examples of such programs include: Hammond, Jenkins, Gates, Stamps, and Plus One Scholars, Foote Fellow Honors, Study Abroad, and more. It is possible for program advisors to have a link to the curriculum, but this is not always the case.

  • Resource Advisors

    Resource advisors are available to work with students on an as-needed basis to address specific needs. This category includes a variety of titles and departments across the University including: career advisors, career coaches, first-generation student advisors, success advisors, and even residential faculty & faculty fellows working with the residential colleges.

The Academic Advising Compact: Understanding the Partnership

  • Advisors will be the first point of contact for educational advice; be attentive to their student's individual educational interests; explore broad educational goals beyond specific degree requirements; and inform students of academic, career, and research opportunities.
  • Advisors will help each student identify the cognate options and will guide the student to the appropriate Responsible Academic Unit (RAU) for cognate inquiries.
  • Advisors will help their students learn about the requirements of programs in other schools & colleges and will help students contact the appropriate individuals.
  • Advisors will be familiar with the Academic Bulletin, Cognate Search Engine, academic calendar, and adhere to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
  • Advisors will help students develop academic degree plans and officially declare them in CaneLink. Advisors will also assist students with the prerequisites and semester schedule of course offerings.
  • Advisors will continue to engage with students and make their best effort to respond to inquiries within one week.

  • Students will develop educational goals and a tentative plan of study, which include their ideas for majors, minors, cognates, research experiences, internships, study abroad opportunities, career options, graduate school prerequisites, and coursework outside their field of study.
  • Students will select cognates that align with their educational interests and goals.
  • Students will be familiar with the Academic Bulletin, major and minor requirements, the Cognate Search Engine, and academic calendar.
  • Students will prepare a preliminary semester course schedule.
  • Students should regularly check their University communications (i.e. emails, text messages, notifications, etc.) and adhere to the publicized timelines and deadlines for appointments with advisors.