Student Advising

Academic Advisor

  • Assist students in evaluating and determining their interests and abilities, and help students link their interests/abilities with majors/programs.
  • Assist students in the creation of short- and long-term curricular and cocurricular goals.
  • Guide students in developing a plan of study that meets all degree requirements and fits within their timetable for graduation.
  • Conduct checkup/relationship building contacts.
  • Provide information regarding curricular and cocurricular programs and opportunities including Study Abroad, Honors, 21st-Century Scholars, Leadership Development, etc.
  • Provide information about advanced placement credit exams.
  • Communicate with students regarding difficulties they are having with a class or classes, and provide support to students who are on academic probation.
  • Confer with prospective and current transfer students regarding application of transfer credits and course equivalencies.
  • Maintain a consistent pattern of contact with each advisee to encourage a trusting mentor/coaching connection through multiple channels of communication.
  • Develop and share strategies for academic success; build/support student ability to face challenges through enhanced resiliency and coping strategies; identify and implement programming to promote student use and referrals of University offices and resources that support academic achievement.
  • Coach students in development of professional behaviors.
  • Consult with each advisee at least one time a semester to review plan of study and academic history, conduct unofficial audit, discuss progress, discuss cocurricular and extracurricular activities, answer questions, and issue PIN.
  • Share knowledge with students about undergraduate/professional programs and faculty, appropriate course selections, departmental policy, and specific program information to various constituents.
  • Consult with and advocate for students regarding petitions for appeals, special policy waivers, etc.
  • Conduct audits on student's progress toward their degree, including precertification audit the semester the student is a candidate, licensure.
  • Record student contact notes.
  • Prepare for and participate in STAR.
  • Maintain certifications related to handling student data (e.g., FERPA, GLBA).
  • Provide guidance about graduate/professional school; career/internship opportunities and the job search process; and help students link learning and professional preparation in the workplace.
  • Provide assistance during major and career exploration, and discuss opportunities with students wishing to change their major to another school/college.
  • Participate in advising assessment activities.
  • Orient students to progression through degree programs.
  • Assist students with plan of study projection for financial aid appeals.
  • Serve as advisor for regional campus students or students under articulation agreements; demonstrate knowledge about programs at Purdue's regional campuses, College of Technology Statewide locations and Purdue’s distance education program.
  • Interpret and apply University policies and procedures, keeping abreast of changes.
  • Provide nominations for, and recognition of, students.
  • Participate in COGNOS and Banner training updates.
  • Support students as they make the transition from high school to college, strive to promote continual improvement of process and quality, and help students identify the knowledge, understanding, and skills they are gaining through their college experience.
  • Support student learning and development, including the development of students' critical thinking, integrative, and communication skills, and help them connect their learning to themselves and their world.
  • Help students reflect on their educational experiences and engage them in identifying, developing, and realizing their plans, goals and possible careers.
  • Help students develop intercultural knowledge and respect for differences.
  • Foster in students a commitment to lifelong learning.
  • Assess when a situation calls for professional intervention or academic referral.
  • Use effective teaching techniques to guide and coach students.
  • Facilitate student decision-making and challenge students to think critically about their choices.
  • Understand the philosophy of the curriculum.
  • Assist students with the enrollment process, including course registration, withdrawal, etc.
  • Advise students about course substitutions.
  • Review student grades and communicate with them about necessary schedule changes.

Senior Academic Advisor

  • Research and provide feedback on best practices to help students link interests/abilities with majors/programs.
  • Train academic advisors on methods to assist students in creation of short- and long-term curricular and cocurricular goals.
  • Develop and/or present college/department session for students and parents during STAR.

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