The primary purpose of the academic advising program is to assist students in the development of meaningful educational plans that are compatible with their life goals. Academic advising should be viewed as a continuous process of clarification and evaluation. The academic advisor assists in decision making about life goals and educational plans by helping to identify and assess alternatives and the consequences of decisions.
The academic advising program at NDSU is designed to facilitate the student's intellectual and personal growth, to assist students in using university resources, and to guide students in making informed choices regarding academic and career plans. An advisor assists a student in selecting courses to ensure a well-balanced education and helps interpret university and college policies and requirements. However, students are fully responsible for their academic decisions including selecting courses, meeting course requisites, co-requisites/prerequisites, and adhering to policies, procedures, and deadlines.
- NDSU Undergraduate Bulletin
Pre-professional Student Advisor
Professional Student Advisor
1.) Be available and accessible. Invite students to make appointments.
2.) Prepare for meetings. Gather relevant information and resources.
3.) Plan ahead. Inform students of upcoming deadlines.
4.) Be honest and direct. Listen openly to student concerns.
5.) Follow through.
6.) Assist students with decision-making.
7.) Work to build a personal relationship with advisee.
8.) Be knowledgeable about campus resources, university policies and procedures and major/degree requirements.
1.) Make and keep regular appointments with your advisor.
2.) Prepare for meetings. Bring your questions, concerns, and ideas.
3.) Plan ahead. Register on time. Meet deadlines.
4.) Be honest about your effort, abilities, interests, and goals.
5.) Follow through.
6.) Take responsibility for your choices and actions.
7.) Work to build a personal relationship with advisor.
8.) Research university policies and procedures and major/degree requirements.
Your academic advisor will assist you to:
· Identify and use university resources.
· Make informed decisions regarding academic and career plans.
· Create an individualized plan to complete your degree, including experiences outside of the classroom.
· Utilize sources of accurate information about university and college policies and requirements.
· Analyze personal strengths, weaknesses, interests, values, and skills as they relate to your educational and career goals.
· Set short-term, intermediate and long-term goals based on self-understanding and overall life goals.
· Evaluate progress toward established goals and educational plans.
-Adapted from National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Goals for Academic Advising
Suggested times to meet with your advisor:
· To get acquainted and discuss your interests and goals.
· Each semester before registering for courses to discuss progress and plan for the next semester.
· To identify available campus resources such as tutoring, career services, counseling and disability services, financial aid, etc.
· If you are struggling with a course, or if you would like more information about study skills and exam preparation.
· Before the deadline to drop a course with a “W” if you are considering dropping any of your courses.
· To discuss any questions you have about schedule changes.
· If you have any questions or concerns regarding university, college, or department policies or procedures.
· At the end of the semester or the beginning of the new semester to discuss progress.
· If you are exploring major, minor, or career options.
· To discuss opportunities to gain related work/volunteer experience.
· To discuss job shadow opportunities.
· To plan for internship application and to create a back-up plan.
· To discuss planning for obtaining personal references for internship or job applications.
· To review internship application documents.
· To discuss progress of internship application and plan for transition to internship.
· To discuss graduate school or future plans.
We love to hear from our advisees! Please contact us whenever a concern arises!
A Typical Advising Meeting:
Advising meetings will be personalized to meet your needs. However, to give you a better idea of what to expect and how to prepare, the following are typical advising meeting topics:
· Follow-up on any previous discussion
· Your questions or concerns
· Discussion of progress towards previous goals
· Discussion of options related to upcoming decisions.
· Discussion of new goals
· Planning coursework and related experiences.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)
In order to best serve you, your academic advisor maintains a file containing relevant advising records. Information may be shared with other school officials whose access to the information serves a legitimate educational purpose. If you would like to release information to another party, you may do so by filing a FERPA Consent to Release form with Bison Connection. The following link provides more information about student privacy and FERPA rights: http://www.ndsu.edu/bisonconnection/ferpa/
Periodically, you will be asked to provide feedback regarding your experience with academic advising in the Department of Allied Sciences. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and will be used to continually improve the quality of services provided to students.