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.