OnBoard with Parent & Family Connections - Academic Advising
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Parents & Families

It takes a village. Many people will play a role in your student’s success during their college career, especially their academic advisors. This issue of OnBoard provides an overview of the advisor's role and expectations for advisors and students.

Role of Academic Advisors 

From the first academic advising appointment (typically during STAR) through graduation, academic advisors help students every step of the way. Undergraduate students are required to meet with their primary advisor at least once per semester. The student-advisor relationship is an essential component of the academic experience and includes:
  • Clarifying university mandated academic policies and regulations.
  • Guiding students through their degree requirements, as well as defining their academic goals
  • Clarifying academic policies and regulations.
  • Providing information for both campus and community resources
  • Aiding in academic success, timely degree completion, and progress toward individual goals.
What an Academic Advisor Expects of each Student

Students have a responsibility to:
  • Understand University policies and procedures and ask questions when necessary
  • Consult with their advisor regularly regarding courses, academic progress, challenges and career exploration/development.
  • Maintain scheduled appointments during their registration opening and prepare for appointments with appropriate documentation and materials.

Use the following tips to help your student make the most of this valuable Purdue resource: 
  • Allow your advisor to provide guidance as you identify an academic plan, navigate Purdue policies and transition to the rigors and responsibilities of college life.
  • Know your advisor's name and how to make an appointment.
  • Be aware that you must meet with your academic advisor at least once per semester.
  • Remember that your advisor does more than just help schedule courses. They will help connect you with a variety of campus and academic resources such as tutoring, scholarship information, peer success coaching and networking opportunities.
  • Contact your advisor if you are having doubts about your major.
  • Talk to your advisor about careers related to your major and about opportunities for experiential learning through coursework, work or volunteer activities and internships.
  • Any time your student needs guidance, but aren't sure where to find it, their advisor is a great place to start.

Boiler Up!

Purdue Parent & Family Connections
June 4, 2019
Discussions to have with your student Has your student completed the mandatory Student Information Form in myPurdue? This will help their advisor learn more about them as they initiate their ongoing relationship.

Has your student checked out myCareer Plan and explored the career exploration activity? This thoughtful exercise provides insights and conversation starters for your student and their advisor with the focus on academic and career goals. 

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Parents & Family Connections

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