An advisor is more than a signature. Advisors act as a mentor and supervisor for the organization. Student-faculty interaction outside of the classroom enhances the overall college experience and reaps many benefits. Each organization’s needs vary, however, so the level of involvement should be negotiated between the organization and advisor.
It may be helpful to think of the advisor’s role in terms of three major areas: (1) maintenance or custodial functions; (2) group growth functions; and (3) program content functions. Within each of these broad areas, the group advisor may perform certain duties that call for considerable activity on his/her part in some specific situations and instances or none at all.
- Providing continuity with the history and tradition of past years
- Heading off situations that might rise to poor public relations for the organization or the University
- Providing advice when called upon
- Preventing the group from breaking University rules
- Serving as an exemplar of intellectual virtue
- Arbitrating intra-group disputes
Group Growth Functions
- Teaching the techniques and responsibilities of being a good leader and follower
- Coaching the officers in the principles of good organizational and administrative practice
- Developing self-discipline and responsibility among group members
- Teaching the elements of effective group operation
- Developing procedures and plans for actions
- Keeping the group focused on its goals
- Stimulating or even initiating activities and programs
Program Content Functions
- Introducing new program ideas with an intellectual flavor
- Providing opportunities for the practice of classroom-acquired skills
- Helping the group to apply principles and concepts learned in the classroom
- Pointing out new perspectives and directions to the group
- Supplying expert knowledge and insights of experience
The Co-Curricular Transcript (CCT) is a record of a Purdue University-West Lafayette campus student’s co-curricular involvement and leadership experiences. Students can utilize the CCT for various purposes such as: a record of involvement at Purdue; to supplement applications to graduate school, scholarships, or campus jobs; an aid in “telling your story” or developing an elevator pitch for interviews and networking, assist in the development of resumes, considering career path, and as a tool to plan personal goals and manage time.