What is Academic Advising?
Academic advising is a relationship in which the student and advisor 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)
- 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
- 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
The transition to college can make new students anxious — especially if they're undecided about the major they should pursue. In the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, we can help students make a smooth transition while they explore their opportunities. First- and second-year general studies majors are assigned to a professional academic advisor who will help guide them through course selection and major exploration while also being their connection to the university.
Contact Kristi Overfelt.