Advisor Expectations and Advising Principles

Advisors are academic mentors who build a relationship with their advisees by:

  • Getting to know them
  • Paying attention to their progress
  • Helping them identify, develop and pursue their passions, clarify their plans and goals, and complete their degrees
  • Listening carefully and recommending resources

Full-time tenure-track/tenured faculty and instructors (except during their first year at K), librarians, head coaches, and some senior administrators serve as academic advisors.

Advising Appointments

  • Meet all assigned advisees quarterly during Advising Days – weeks 6-7
    • Submit Advisement Complete (clear them to register) during meeting
  • Meet assigned incoming students during orientation (on opening day and one scheduled follow-up appointment)
  • Be available for other appointments or questions as needed during the quarter
  • Suggested topics for advising appointments (depending on individual needs of the student and where they are at in their K career):
    • Academic interests, plans, and goals
    • Current courses, academic successes and/or struggles
    • Degree/major requirements, progress towards graduation
    • Upcoming course selection; importance of breadth & depth
    • Goals for life after K, skills attained so far/need to achieve
    • Involvement outside of classes – service-learning, athletics, employment, student organizations, etc.
    • Transitional/year-specific issues (e.g., first-year adjustment, potential majors, sophomore declaration of major, study abroad, SIPs, etc.)
    • Study abroad/away plans and goals
    • Utilization of CCPD resources, interest in internships/externships, summer plans
    • Course withdrawal or credit/no credit options (if applicable)
  • See Choosing Courses and Designing Your K-Plan for many suggested questions you can discuss with your advisees.

Working with Advisees/Relationship Building

  • Take time to get to know your advisees, be engaged, ask them questions
  • Communicate clearly and listen carefully
  • Be sensitive to cultural issues
  • Encourage them to set goals and to plan ahead
  • Help your advisees frame questions, find answers, and facilitate problem solving
  • Discuss their interests/goals and how that relates to breadth and depth, the open curriculum, and a K education
    • Encourage students to take a variety of courses across the liberal arts to find connections to current interests or new passions
    • Encourage students to take courses they are interested in, so they can explore their deepest interests and be prepared to declare majors as sophomores

Advising Principles

  • Connect students to resources on campus for more detailed information or when situations/questions are outside your area of expertise
  • Never answer a question when you don’t know the answer
  • Abide by FERPA
  • Respond promptly to Early Alert notifications
    • Be direct (but please don’t read or forward alert verbatim to student)
    • Ask what is happening, listen attentively, and discuss options
    • Document, refer, ask for help, and report further as needed
      • When something seems “off” or extreme
      • When a student seems atypically withdrawn or disengaged
      • When problems go on and on

Training and Development

  • Advisors are strongly encouraged to attend the annual Advising Practicum (held before orientation) and quarterly advising lunches for ongoing training and development.
  • Before officially being assigned advisees, all new advisors must attend a new advisor training workshop.