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Goals of Advising
- Advisors ensure that students understand and meet degree requirements.
- Advisors help students develop a perception of themselves and their relationship with the future.
- Advisors encourage self‐reliance by helping students make informed and responsible decisions and set realistic goals.
- Advisors see the goal of higher education as an introduction to the world of ideas, professional development and lifetime critical thinking skills.
- Advisors help students identify and build on their strengths to increase motivation and connectedness with the institution
- Advisors identify student expectations and goals and provide a framework in which students can develop appropriate academic and career decision‐making.
- Advisors see advocacy as a teachable moment in their relationship with an advisee.
- Research your departmental goals for advising
- Review the NACADA homepage advising goals
- How do these goals compare to your own goals and experiences with advising?
- Work with individual departments to develop advising plans.
- Send "Dean’s Welcome" letter to new students with basic survival information to assist students in navigating the system.
- Provide resources to help ensure that adequate advising is received by all students within the college. This could include:
- Interdepartmental reassignment of academic advisors to provide assistance to departments with especially heavy advising loads.
- Make resources available as appropriate to provide advising through graduate students.
- Provide a professional advisor to funnel general questions and concerns.
- Create college‐wide survey (faculty) to review areas to enhance.
- Develop a specific advising plan which specifies the different levels of advising sought for new, transfer, and upper level students, and distribute to all faculty.
- Provide a statement upholding the role of advising within the department.
- Establish a coordinator of advising position within the department.
- Articulate a clear delineation of responsibility for academic advising.
- Provide an orientation to advising for new faculty.
- Support or provide ongoing advisor training.
- Develop procedures for intrusive practices such as identifying and contacting students in academic distress.
- Reward advising efforts with meaningful and relevant means.
- Evaluate departmental advising plan periodically and revise it as needed to ensure the program meets the evolving needs of students.
- Provide material to students to communicate program policy and curriculum.
- Offer a backup advising plan in case advisors are unavailable. Particularly when a student is new or needs a petition or other document signed.
- Review department advising plan to determine if updating is imminent. If advising topics are not discussed in your department, initiate a process to review periodically.