West Virginia Northern Community College

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Faculty Resources for Academic Advising


Faculty advisors are selected to provide educational counseling for college students. To be effective, the advisor must recognize that each student has different abilities, interests, aspirations, needs, experiences, and problems.

Academic advising cannot, therefore, be a mechanical, routine
matter. The faculty advisor's primary responsibility is to help individual advisees plan the program of study that will satisfy program requirements and, at the same time, meet each student's specific needs.

Although the functions of a faculty advisor can vary from school-to-school or advisor-to-advisor, general advising expectations include:

1. The faculty advisor explains general/basic education requirements as they relate to the first year of college, to students' majors and to preparation for academic, career and life goals.

2. The faculty advisor initiates contact with his/her advisees at least once every semester.

3. The faculty advisor helps students examine course offerings in the major field of study, relate these to other possible majors and understand graduation requirements for the chosen degree(s).

4. The faculty advisor helps students explore appropriate career fields, obtain related vocational information and survey job opportunities.

5. The faculty advisor serves as a link between students and administration by providing counseling on academic issues/problems (course scheduling, course adjustment and academic progress) and makes appropriate referrals.

6. The faculty advisor serves as a "faculty friend" by: demonstrating a personal interest in students; serving as a point of contact for understanding school policies/procedures; encouraging indepedence and informed choice by helping students consider limitations, alternatives, and consequences.

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