What is academic advising?
Academic advising is a developmental process in which students and academic advisors engage that focuses on helping students achieve their academic, personal, and career goals. The activities during this process are neither clerical nor transactional. During this relationship students’ educational plans are developed, their potentials are realized, and life/educational/career goals are clarified. While both students and advisors are responsible for actively participating in the academic advising process, students are responsible for making decisions about their educational and career plans.
The benefits to students and the University are numerous. National research on academic advising has shown that students who utilize the advising services on their campuses were more likely to be successful, graduate on time, and have a greater sense of connection to their universities. The positive impact of academic advising extends to the University as well since students are performing better, return to campus each semester, and are more satisfied with their college experience.