Advising Syllabus

Center for Learning and Academic Success – Purdue University Calumet

Advising Syllabus

Location: Lawshe 122

Phone: (219) 989-2339 or (219) 989-2416

Office Hours: Monday through Thursday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Possible extended hours during peak registration periods

Who do we advise?

Undeclared, students not directly admitted into their major, Adult Learners


Advising is by appointment only; however, students may call their advisor or walk in for general questions, but appointments guarantee better service. After a student is initially registered in the CLAS, he or she will be assigned to a specific advisor in order to form a relationship of trust to provide the student with the best and most comfortable level of advising. Every effort will be made to ensure that this happens.

Definition of Advising: Advising is a process in which advisor and advisee enter a dynamic relationship respectful of the student’s concerns. Ideally, the advisor serves as teacher and guide in an interactive partnership aimed at enhancing the student’s self-awareness and fulfillment. *

*O’Banion, T. (1972). An academic advising model. Junior College Journal, 42, 62-69.

Expectations of Students:

  • Understand that you are responsible for your education.
  • Be open and honest about your desires and abilities.
  • See your advisor at least once a semester. It does not have to be during the Registration Period.
  • Ask questions. Write the questions down so that you won’t forget them.
  • Be courteous. Be on time for your appointment or call and reschedule if you cannot keep it.
  • Make sure that your personal information, such as your telephone number, is up to date with Purdue. Check your PUC e-mail regularly.
  • Get involved in school activities. Go to plays; join the Fitness Center; join a club.
  • Learn how to Web Register.
  • Keep a folder for all of your advising information. Check the University calendar to make sure you do not miss a deadline.

Expectations of Advisors:

  • Maintain confidentiality according to FERPA standards.
  • Keep up to date with changes in policies, procedures, and requirements .
  • Refer students to campus resources if needed.
  • Provide a supportive atmosphere.
  • Interpret policies and procedures for students.
  • Ask questions; help students clarify their goals.
  • Understand the degree requirements for the pre-majors that we advise.
  • Refer undecided students to Counseling for Career testing.
  • Teach the Freshman Year Experience or Introduction to Learning Strategies course.
  • Respond to students’ email in a timely manner.
  • Recognize when a student is ready to CODO (change of degree option) to the major of their choice.

Mission Statement:

Purdue University Calumet recognizes academic advising to be a critical component of the educational experience of its students. Through individual, collaborative relationships with Academic Advisors, students are best able to define and implement coherent educational plans that are consistent with their personal values, goals and career plans. In addition, PUC’s campus-wide network of professionals, faculty, staff and students contributes to and supports our overall advising mission.

Learning Objectives for the Advisee:

To understand the advising and registering process.

To comprehend the options available for Undeclared Students or the chosen major if Decided.

The Advising Process and Procedure:

1.  Call or walk in to schedule an appointment (219-989-2339).  You should meet with your advisor at least once a semester even if you plan to web register. (Directions for web instructions at – link opens in this window.)

2.  Plan your classes as best you can before meeting with your advisor.

3.  Write down the classes and times that you prefer as well as any questions you may want to ask.

4.  Arrive on time because if you are more than 10 minutes late, you will be asked to reschedule in most instances.