College of Arts and Sciences Advising Expectations
At Saint Louis University, all students are expected to be successful. An ongoing and effective advising relationship can be a major ingredient in a recipe for academic success. Listed below are the characteristics that the academic advisor and a student advisee should contribute to the advising relationship.
An Advisee will:
- Display respect for the advisor and have a positive attitude toward the advising process.
- Meet the academic advisor at appropriate times and will come to advising appointments prepared to assume responsibility for curriculum and degree planning.
- Clarify personal values and goals and provide advisor with accurate information regarding academic interests and abilities.
- Become knowledgeable about college programs, policies, and procedures and utilize available University resources and services.
- Ask questions if he or she does not understand an issue or has a specific concern.
- Keep a personal record of his or her progress toward meeting academic goals.
- Accept responsibility for decisions and actions (or inactions) that affect educational progress and goals.
An Academic Advisor will:
- Protect and secure the integrity of the SLU degree by enforcing all University and departmental policies and requirements.
- Understand and effectively communicate the curriculum, graduation requirements, and University and College policies and procedures in order to provide helpful and appropriate advisement and mentoring.
- Be available, approachable, personable, and demonstrate concern for and an interest in an advisee.
- Assist students in working closely with their faculty mentors and their professors.
- Make appropriate referrals within the University.
- Encourage advisees to develop skills that will lead to self-responsibility.
- Demonstrate respect for each individual advisee and serve as a model of the educated person.
- Maintain confidentiality (will not discuss your academic record without your permission).