The adviser/advisee relationship should encourage a student to develop autonomy and positive decision making skills. Adviser-student interactions are grounded in teaching and learning and are vital in promoting student growth and personal development through learning, discovery, and engagement.
- Take the initiative to contact and get to know your academic adviser, and help your academic adviser get to know you. Be mindful of the need to work with your academic adviser during posted office hours or make other arrangements in advance.
- Consult with your academic adviser about changes in your academic progress, course selection, and academic, career, and life goals.
- Notify your academic adviser immediately whenever a serious problem (medical, financial, personal) disrupts your ability to attend classes or interferes with your ability to focus on your education and to perform your best work.
- Prepare for meetings with your academic adviser by gathering relevant decision-making information, creating a list of questions and drafting a course schedule (if the meeting is focused on course selection for the coming semester).
- Keep a personal record of your progress towards your degree. Organize official college documents (catalog, NDSU Curriculum Guide, etc.) and bring them with you to advising meetings.
- Be familiar with the NDSU Curriculum, GPA, and major(s) and minors(s) requirements. Schedule courses each semester in accordance with those requirements.
- Follow NDSU procedures when registering for courses and making adjustments to your class schedule.
- Observe academic deadlines. Know when to register and when to drop or add classes. Schedule an appointment with your adviser well in advance of these deadlines.
- Take the initiative to investigate options for changing advisers if you no longer have an interest in the adviser’s area and/or a positive relationship is not developing.
- Be accessible to advisees through posted office hours, scheduled appointments, telephone calls, and emails.
- Assist advisees in developing long-range academic goals and plans and to address immediate problems or issues.
- Assist advisees in making choices that will lead to the development of a successful academic plan and educational experience.
- Provide advisees with up-to-date and accurate information about selecting courses and developing an academic plan that satisfies degree requirements.
- Clarify NDSU policies, requirements, programs, and procedures.
- Be a responsive listener and refer advisees to a support office or person when appropriate.
- Discuss with advisees their academic performance and the implications of their performance for their academic and career goals.
- Discuss career opportunities with advisees and make referrals to Career Center when appropriate.
- Empower advisees to explore their interests and make their own decisions regarding academic, career, and life goals.
- Encourage advisees to change advisers if they no longer have an interest in the adviser’s area and/or a positive relationship is not developing.
- Understand and comply with the mandates of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as Amended (FERPA).