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Academic advising is a collaborative educational process between student and advisor.
Ideally, the advisor serves as teacher and guide in an interactive partnership aimed
at enhancing the student's self-awareness and fulfillment (O'Banion, T. 1972). This
process is grounded in the mission of the institution and college and is a process
that is built over the student's entire experience at UVU. Both parties have clear
responsibilities for ensuring that this partnership is successful.
Academic Advisor Responsibilities: What You Can Expect From Your Advisor
- Be accessible for advising students through telephone, e-mail, or during posted office
- Provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere for advisement sessions, including humor,
empathy, and honesty.
- Maintain confidentiality.
- Encourage, support, and guide students as they define and develop realistic goals
and make progress toward educational plans.
- Effectively communicate and help students navigate the curriculum and graduation requirements
as well as university academic policies and procedures.
- Assist students in understanding the purposes and goals of higher education and its
effects on their lives and personal goals.
- Assist students in working closely with their professors and refer to appropriate
university sources and available services as assistance is needed.
- Assist students in gaining decision making skills and skills in assuming responsibility
for their educational plans and achievements.
Advisee Responsibilities: What Your Advisor Can Expect From You
- Schedule regular appointments or make regular contacts with advisor during each semester.
- Give notice in advance if you need to reschedule or cancel any advising appointments.
- Come prepared to actively participate in an open dialogue at each advisement session
by bringing questions, concerns or materials (and a sense of humor!).
- Develop an educational plan for successfully achieving goals; select courses each
semester to progress toward fulfilling that educational plan.
- Enroll in the courses for which you and your advisor have determined that, from educational
objectives, you are ready to pursue.
- Become knowledgeable, as a student, about college programs, policies, and procedures.
- Complete all assignments or recommendations from your advisor.
- Use campus resources and services to assist in achieving academic, personal, and career
- Accept responsibility for decisions.