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What to Expect from Advising

Good advising is a collaborative effort between both you and your advisor.

What is Expected of You

You are ultimately responsible for your academic and personal success. The following guidelines will help you achieve to the best of your abilities.

  • Acquire the information needed to take responsibility for course scheduling, program planning, and completion of all graduation requirements.
  • Obtain lists of graduation requirements and standards for your chosen major(s) from advisor and use them.
  • Meet with your advisor at least once a semester (well in advance of course registration) to plan a schedule of classes for next semester.
  • Monitor progress toward fulfilling degree requirements.
  • Seek help before a situation becomes a crisis.
  • Know your advisor's office hours.
  • Inform your advisor of changes in plans which directly affect academic performance and educational goals.
  • Be familiar with relevant academic and administrative policies, procedures, and rules of the College and your academic program.
  • Follow up on referrals made by your advisor.
  • Consult regularly with your advisor to monitor progress toward graduation and other general issues.
  • Prepare for academic appointments.
  • Activate and use your Fisher email account.
  • Explore career options and expectations in a timely manner.
  • Research internships and experiential opportunities in a timely fashion.

What to Expect From Your Advisor

Your academic advisor should support you to realize your full potential. You can expect your advisor to work to:

  • Build an effective working relationship with you;
  • Inform you of responsibilities in the advising process;
  • Help you understand and navigate academic and administrative processes of the College;
  • Understand your particular concerns affecting academic progress;
  • Be knowledgeable about the program(s) and standards for which he/she advises;
  • Be familiar with academic rules and regulations;
  • Help you understand degree requirements;
  • Communicate and emphasize your responsibility for satisfying degree requirements;
  • Discuss your academic performance and implications;
  • Empower you to advocate for yourself in all arenas;
  • Help you plan a course of study and give advice about courses and the adjustment of course loads;
  • Inform you about the prerequisites for subsequent courses in your program;
  • Establish, post, and maintain adequate office hours throughout the semester, with particular emphasis given to registration and drop/add periods;
  • Maintain an up-to-date academic advising reference file of your records;
  • Participate in advisor training sessions to keep informed and current.