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The Student's Role and Responsibility in the Advising Relationship

Students share a significant responsibility for the success of the advising relationship.  Students should take the initiative in seeking advice and developing close relationships with their advisers.  In order to develop an effective advising relationship with their advisers, students should:

  • Learn the name of their adviser, the location of the adviser's office, the phone extension, and the department secretary’s phone extension early in the first block.
    • Schedule appointments with their adviser early in each pre-registration period.  Encourage your advisees to plan at least two schedules, a first choice and second choice set of courses, before coming to see you about scheduling for the following year.  They should be prepared to discuss their course selections in terms of their interests and academic objectives.
    • Accept responsibility for their academic choices.  They should keep track of progress toward the degree, noting requirements met, and courses and requirements yet to be met for graduation.
    • Maintain a file for themselves with their academic records: transcripts, course schedules (outcomes), degree progress reports, relevant correspondence, and copies of petitions for waivers, declaration of major form, Liberal Arts and Sciences major application form, and Thematic Minor application.
    • Become familiar with the all-college requirements, Thematic Minors, and distribution requirements by reading the “Academic Policies” section of the Catalog of Courses.  They should also read the pamphlet on the Honor Code, the Pathfinder, and engage in personal long-range curriculum planning.
    • Consult with their adviser when they add and drop courses or otherwise change their approved course schedule.  Students who change their course schedules may fail to complete a requirement.  Students are ultimately responsible for their own choices, but advisers need to know what is going on in order to be helpful.  Students have failed to graduate because they changed a required course without telling their advisers.
    • Consult with their advisers before declaring a major, changing majors, taking a leave of absence, studying abroad, changing advisers, transferring to another college, or withdrawing from the college.
    • Meet or speak to their adviser about once a block.  Students should immediately seek out their advisers when they are having difficulties.  If the adviser is away from campus, the student should see the Dean of Students or the Associate Dean of the College.  Both offices can be of great help. A student can also consult with the department chair of the adviser, especially if the student is a major in that department.  Early contact and discussion are essential given the pace of the Block Plan.
    • Become familiar with the full range of opportunities and services at the college.  Some of these include the Dean of Students Office, Boettcher Health Center, the Career Center,Campus ActivitiesOffice, The Colket Center for Academic Support, Office of First-Year and Sophomore Studies and Advising, Residential Life, Tutt Library, Academic Computing, the Writing Center, the Alumni Office, Center for Service and Learning, Office of Off-Campus Study, Office of Minority and International Students, El Pomar Sports Center, Shove Chapel, student organizations, CCSGA, Arts and Crafts Program, Outdoor Recreation Committee, Intramural Sports Program, and the Freshman Outdoor Orientation Trips (FOOT) program.