Program of General Studies

Physical Address:
Admin. Bldg. 112
Phone: (208) 885-2024
Fax: (208) 885-8964

Mailing Address:
College of Letters,
Arts & Social Sciences
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3154
Moscow, ID 83844-3154

Students working together in a Computer Science laboratory

Preparing For Your Advising Meetings

What is Academic Advising?

Academic Advising is a relationship in which the student and adviser are partners in planning academic, personal and career goals. It fosters intellectual and personal development that leads to academic success and self-directed life-long learning. This partnership requires proactive participation and involvement by both parties. Both parties have clear responsibilities for ensuring that this partnership is successful. (NACADA, 2005 & Student Advising and Learning Center at Washington State University)

Student Responsibilities:
  • Schedule regular appointments (minimum of 1 appointment each semester MANDATORY)
  • Gather all necessary information and questions prior to meeting
  • Discuss any problems that impact academic performance
  • Know where to access accurate information about requirements, policies and procedures
  • Discuss career goals, changing directions, interests and majors
  • Keep a personal record of your progress toward your degree (degree plan)
  • Accept responsibility for your decisions and your actions that affect your academic career and life goals

Advisor Responsibilities:
  • Maintain confidentiality within the advising relationship
  • Be knowledgeable and attentive during advising sessions
  • Encourage and guide students as they develop academic goals and pursue their degree
  • Understand and effectively communicate the curriculum, graduation requirements and university, college and department policies and procedures
  • Encourage and support all students with information and strategies for utilizing the available resources and services at the University of Idaho and in the community

Checklist for your advising meeting:
    List of classes for next semester
    Copy of Degree Audit Report
    Degree Checklist (if you are looking at a certain major)
    Career Goals or questions about career exploration
    Questions about other issues you have had this semester