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Advising Guidelines

These non-binding suggestions for the advisor-student relationship were adapted for Purdue advisors by Barbara Doster, longtime advisor and director of management programs.

Advisors Have a Responsibility to:

  • Know the students assigned to them and have up-to-date records for each one.
  • Provide students with correct, up-to-date information about University, college/school, and departmental graduation requirements for their selected degree programs.
  • Help students become aware of their academic and personal needs and how these needs affect their educational and career goals.
  • Help students develop courses of study, including electives, that reflect their academic background, personal situation, and educational goals.
  • Inform students about alternatives, limitations, program changes, and the consequences of academic decisions.
  • Serve as a mentor to foster students' academic progress.
  • Be available to students through office hours, e-mail, and appointment times.
  • Use campus and community resources to advise students.
  • Encourage students to review their progress toward degree completion with their advisor to assure early detection of problems.

Students Have a Responsibility to:

  • Know their advisors.
  • Accept responsibility for their academic choices.
  • Seek help from their advisors.
  • Know basic University, school, and departmental graduation requirements for their major or minor well enough to plan their own progress toward degree completion.
  • Develop social, academic, and career goals and examine how these goals will affect their lives and the lives of people important to them.
  • Keep up-to-date on academic policies, procedures, and requirements by reviewing the current catalog, schedule of classes, and University Regulations.
  • Maintain personal copies of tentative degree plans, progress reports, and transfer credit evaluations until they are audited for graduation.
  • Obtain prior approval for transfer credits by submitting the Transfer Credit Evaluation Report to the Office of Admissions.
  • Use the Center for Career Opportunities and other resources in their college/school or department to investigate long-range career goals, career opportunities, and the selection of a major or minor.

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