Advising Types

Dec 01, 2017 Katherine J Parpana
Below is a definition of common academic advising terms to help undergraduate scholars determine who is part of their network of support.

The National Academic Advising Association, or NACADA, defines academic advising as a “process in which advisor and advisee enter a dynamic relationship [in which the advisor is] 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, 1972). Below are some types of advisors who make up the network of support within the college:

Major Advisors

Major advisors in the department can advise you on courses, specific requirements of majors, and career opportunities. You are strongly encouraged to consult with your faculty advisor and major advisor each quarter before selecting your courses. 

College Advisors 

The college has an associate dean of undergraduate academic programs and advising staff who welcome the opportunity to become acquainted and to talk with individual students. Advisors in the college assist with general advising questions, university and college requirements, connecting students with campus resources, and can serve as an initial advising connection for all students in the college from the point of application to graduation. They can also help you with academic problems if you are placed on probation or subject to dismissal.  

Faculty Advisors

You will be assigned a faculty advisor to help you plan a program that corresponds to your individual educational interests. The master advisor coordinates advising within a major. You are strongly encouraged to consult with your faculty advisor and major advisor each quarter before selecting your courses.  

Peer Advisors

Peer advisors are available at the major and college level. Peer advisors assist with academic and administrative questions, which include course recommendations, progress checks, and other co-curricular questions. Peer advising is available on a drop-in basis. 

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