Advisor/Advisee Expectations

You Can Expect Your Advisor To:

  • Establish and adhere to reasonable weekly office hours, be available for advising appointments and expand hours during pre-registration periods.
  • Assist you in exploring course offerings and career options by asking "big questions" about your worldviews, life goals and career interests, and by taking into account aptitudes, academic performance and the frequency of course offerings.
  • Be familiar with the variety of University degree/program offerings and departmental/core requirements, as explained in the Undergraduate Catalog.
  • Understand the mechanics and deadlines of enrolling students, such as scheduling, adding and dropping classes in My Information, using special enrollment forms and following procedures administered by the Office of the Registrar.
  • Understand how to read and review an academic evaluation for exploring and tracking majors, minors and programs.
  • Understand University grading policies, including grade review, probation and academic dismissal.
  • Know where to refer students with special needs or interests (Academic Center for Excellence, Learning Commons, Counseling Services, Mercy Center for Spiritual Life, Career Development, Financial Aid, International Programs, etc.).
  • Empower you to take responsibility for your educational experience and to take advantage of opportunities in your major and intended career field (internships, volunteer and service learning opportunities).
  • Guide you in a continual reassessment of your course of study in light of changing interests and goals and overall academic performance.
  • Understand the teaching/learning connection in academic advising and the significance of the advisor/advisee relationship in student engagement and retention.

Your Advisor Expects You To:

  • Consult with him/her at least twice each semester. Remember that the advisor/advisee relationship is as important as the relationship between students and course instructors.
  • Make advising appointments via phone or email, during advising times posted by your advisor. Keep appointments and arrive promptly and prepared, and notify your advisor in advance if you are unable to make a scheduled appointment.
  • Be aware of major and core requirements. Understand how to read and use the academic evaluation.
  • Be prepared for advising appointments by bringing appropriate materials and written questions. If the appointment involves pre-registration advising, review your academic evaluation, check catalog requirements, consult the online schedule for the current registration period and prepare a tentative schedule.
  • Discuss academic and career-related concerns and "big picture" issues.
  • Follow through on advice to seek additional help from other student service professionals when it is offered.
  • Follow through with appropriate action after each advising session and consult with your advisor if agreed-upon actions cannot be made. Remember that there is a lot to learn from academic advisors.
  • Evaluate advising sessions and give formal and/or informal feedback to your advisor, as appropriate.
  • Seek reassignment to another advisor if necessary.
  • Seek assistance in decision-making rather than expect your advisor to make decisions.
  • Understand that you are ultimately responsible for your own educational experience at Salve Regina.

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