Colorado College's block plan is a teaching-intensive, student-oriented educational structure. This is as it should be. We know that the success of most students depends upon their enjoying personal contact with a faculty member early in their college experience.
We expect all faculty to undertake their advising duties as an integral part of their professional commitment. Academic advisors usually provide entering students with their first crucial encounter with the academic expectations of the college. As students mature in their studies, new features in the relation between advisor and advisee come into play.
If the encounter of advisee and advisor is not always easy for students, it is also not always easy for faculty. Advising implies a mutual exploration with two sides. In this revised Academic Advisor Handbook, former Associate Dean Victor Nelson-Cisneros and former Associate Dean Brenda Tooley systematize and set out the customary practices of advising and provide a selection of College policies that are also available elsewhere, notably in the Colorado College Catalog.The success of Colorado College as an academic institution presupposes the individual devotion of each faculty member to exemplifying, day to day, the institution's meaning and aspiration. We hope that this handbook will supplement that effort, helping to insure in us all a common standard of responsibility.