Academic Advising for Faculty & Staff Success
Academic advising, based in the teaching and learning mission of higher education, is a series of intentional interactions with a curriculum, a pedagogy, and a set of student learning outcomes. Academic advising synthesizes and contextualizes students' educational experiences within the frameworks of their aspirations, abilities and lives to extend learning beyond campus boundaries and timeframes.
Every student at ASUB is assigned to an academic advisor in their area of study. Undecided students are assigned to an advisor in the Student Success Center. Students are required to participate in the advising process to have their advising hold removed and register for classes. Students are strongly encouraged to visit with their advisor early and often to develop a relationship and enhance the students' academic experiences.
The advisors' basic responsibilities include helping students set academic goals, understand degree requirements, select courses, and determine career expectations.
Advisors may also assist students in the following areas (from NACADA Standards and Guidelines)
- Development of suitable educational plans;
- Clarification of career and life goals;
- Selection of appropriate courses and other educational experiences;
- Interpretation of institutional requirements;
- Enhancement of student awareness about educational resources available (e.g., internships, study abroad, honors, and learning assistance programs);
- Evaluation of student progress toward established goals;
- Development of decision making skills;
- Reinforcement of student self direction;
- Referral to and use of institutional and community support services; and collection and distribution of data regarding student needs, preferences, and performance for use in making institutional decisions and policy.