Academic advising is a collaborative educational process whereby students and their advisors are partners in meeting essential learning outcomes, ensuring student academic success, and outlining the steps for achievement of the students’ personal, academic and career goals. This advisor/student partnership requires participation and involvement of both the advisor and the student as it is built over the student’s entire educational experience at the university.
This relationship between you and your advisor is one of shared responsibility. Though you as a student are ultimately responsible for the choices you make in college, we realize that in order to make informed decisions, students need the mentoring and advice of academic advisors and others in the Purdue University Calumet community. Your advisor is a key resource for academic issues, opportunities and programs.
What you can expect from your advisor:
1. To clarify University and School policies, regulations, programs and procedures about which you may have questions.
2. To be available to meet with you each semester.
3. To keep regular office hours and be adequately available to meet with you.
4. To offer advice on selecting courses and to assist you in developing and academic plan that satisfies degree requirements.
5. To assist you in planning a program, both short-term and long-term, that is consistent with your abilities and interests. This includes course load and factors such as academic background, program demands, employment or personal commitments.
6. To be a responsive listener and to refer you to appropriate support services at the University when needed.
7. To discuss with you your academic performance and the implications of your performance for the programs you desire to pursue.
8. To help you explore your interests, abilities, and goals and to relate them to academic majors.
9. To monitor your progress toward educational goals and keep accurate, up-to-date records of your academic progress.
10. To respect your right to privacy of educational records and discuss your confidential information only with appropriate individuals and for the purpose of serving your best interest.
11. To help you assume responsibility for your decisions and actions.
12. To be knowledgeable about career opportunities and to refer you to Career Services as needed.
13. To refer you to other services, departments, and specific individuals as special needs are identified.
What your advisor can expect from you:
Advisors can help you understand fully all of your options and avoid needless mistakes, but only if you take the initiative to seek their advice. Your responsibilities in the advising relationship are:
1. To take the imitative to contact your advisor.
2. To have and be familiar with all University and School of Management policies, including the specific requirements for your degree program and major.
3. To prepare a list of questions or concerns before each meeting with your advisor. Have a tentative written schedule prepared if you are registering.
4. To gather all relevant decision-making information.
5. To ask questions! If you don’t understand a policy or procedure, ask questions until you do understand.
6. To be familiar with the requirements of the major(s) which you are pursuing and to schedule courses each semester in accordance with those requirements.
7. To be aware of the prerequisites for each course that you include in your semester schedule and to discuss with your advisor how prerequisites will affect the sequencing of your courses.
8. To follow university procedures for registering courses and for making adjustments to your class schedule.
9. To observe academic deadlines. Don’t miss deadlines. Know when to register and when to drop or add classes. Set up appointments with your advisor well in advance of these deadlines.
10. To keep a personal record of your progress toward your degree. Organize official university documents (Undergraduate Catalog, schedule of classes, plans of study, etc.) in a way that enables you to access them when needed.
11. To understand academic performance standards, academic probation, academic dismissal, and to know GPA requirements.
12. To notify the University if your address or phone number changes.
13. To read your University mail, including email sent to your official student email account.
14. To inform your advisor immediately whenever a serious problem (medical, financial, or personal) disrupts your ability to attend classes or interferes with your ability to focus on your education and to perform your best work.