Academic advisors help students identify and achieve their academic goals through directed interaction with both faculty and professional advisers. The intention is to facilitate informed decision making in and out of the classroom. Since advising is a shared enterprise, both advisers and advisees need to actively engage in the process. Advisors encourage advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning. Ultimately, advisees will assume final responsibility for the successful completion of their program requirements.
Responsibilities of Advisors and Advisees
Both advisers and advisees share responsibilities for the advising relationship to succeed. Advisers encourage advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning. Advisees will routinely contact their advisers each semester and will assume final responsibility for course scheduling, program planning and the successful completion of graduation requirements.
Advisers and advisees will:
- Actively participate in the advising process
- Be responsible for their own actions
- Be on time and prepared for appointments
- Be willing to discuss problems and challenges
- Respect each other
Campuses are linked to a University-wide network outlining the course requirements and latest information about academic majors throughout the University. This network includes academic advising specialists available to help students with their advising and information questions. Please stop by the Advising Center for assistance with advising, online resources including LionPATH and Starfish, and other academic processes (i.e. change of major or campus) at Penn State.