Academic Advising is a form of teaching. Advisors provide accurate information to students in a mentoring environment, challenging them to reflect on interests, skills and aptitudes; to think critically about goals and objectives; to select courses and majors; to have a graduation plan and to consider career options.
Elon University's academic advising program is two-pronged. First-year students are advised through the Elon 101 program, where both faculty and professional staff serve as academic advisors. Once a student officially declares a major, a faculty member within that department partners with the student for academic advising. Advising is a shared responsibility between advisors and students. The ultimate responsibility for successful degree completion, however, rests with the student.
The following chart illustrates three facets for effective delivery of academic advising.
(information to inform practice)
(information to share with students)
students, parents, colleagues)
Knowing student population characteristics
Developing skill sets for student interaction
Knowing student development theory|
Managing parent queries
Knowing university expectations for advising
Soliciting and using student feedback
Knowing university advising structure
Knowing extra-curricular/co-curricular options
Learning from colleagues