Definition of Advising
"Advising is a developmental process, which assists students in the clarification of their life/career goals and in the development of education al plans for the realization of these goals. It is a decision-making process, which assists students in realizing their maximum educational potential through communication and information exchanges with an adviser; it is ongoing, multi-faceted, and the responsibility of both student and adviser. The adviser serves as a facilitator of communication, a coordinator of learning experiences through course and career planning and program progress review, and an agent of referral to other campus services as necessary." David S. Crockett
Characteristics of Advising
- Is interested in being an effective adviser
- Listens constructively
- Attempts to understand student's point of view
- Views advising as an opportunity to teach
- Is knowledgeable about campus resources and makes referrals as needed.
- Sets time aside to adequately meet the advising needs of the student
- Knows campus policies and communicates them to advisees
- Shares advising skills with colleagues
The foundation for the UMM Advising Program is outlined here. The responsibility for advising students is considered to be a part of the faculty's teaching responsibility. The attached links provide a historical basis for the program and show that this position has been strengthened over time.
1999 NCA Report
Assessment of Advising