Academic advising at Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology promotes
the holistic growth of students, respectful of their individual goals. Our integrated
program works collaboratively with the University community in support of students’
You will be assigned an academic adviser for the entirety of your academic career
to assist with curriculum development and planning. Your adviser will refer you to
resources for academic and career success and help identify our academic policies
and procedures as they relate to the Jesuit model of education.
An academic adviser will:
Protect and secure the integrity of the SLU degree by enforcing University and departmental
policies and requirements;
Understand and effectively communicate the curriculum; graduation requirements; and
University and college policies and procedures to provide helpful and appropriate
advisement and mentoring;
Be available, approachable, personable, and demonstrate concern and care for an advisee;
Assist students in working closely with their faculty mentors and professors;
Make appropriate referrals within the University;
Encourage advisees to develop skills that will lead to self-responsibility;
Have profound respect for each individual advisee and serve as a model of the educated
Maintain confidentiality by not discussing issues with parents and non-University
persons without the student’s written permission.
A student will:
Display respect for the adviser and have a positive attitude toward the advising process;
Meet the adviser at appropriate times and will come to advising appointments prepared
to assume responsibility for degree planning;
Clarify personal values and goals and provide adviser with accurate information regarding
academic interests and abilities;
Seek to become acquainted with the academic structure of the University, school and
Become knowledgeable about academic 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;
You will also be assigned a faculty mentor within each major, minor and special program
you are pursuing; and
The mentor will help you identify your academic and career goals, recommend courses
of study and experiences in pursuit of these goals, assist in planning for internships
and volunteer opportunities, and consider the world of work.
The academic advising process is considered a very important aspect of a student’s
educational experience at Saint Louis University. The goals of the advising process
are to assist students in their understanding of academic requirements, to nurture
intellectual maturation and self-confidence, to encourage students to take an active
role in the advisement process and to foster a positive working relationship between
advisers and students.
At Saint Louis University, it is our expectation that all of our students will be
successful. An ongoing and effective advising relationship can be a major ingredient
in a recipe for academic success.
Below is a list of steps you’ll need to take to prepare for appointments, meet with
your faculty mentor and academic adviser, self-register or take a summer course off
campus. If you’re a prospective student, you may be interested in viewing our admission
requirements or scheduling a campus visit.
Student learning outcomes for the academic advising experience vary by each year.
Integrate elements of the Jesuit model of education and the Five Dimensions of the
SLU experience into curriculum development and planning
Participate in experiential learning through internships, co-ops, practica, research
Understand the application for the degree conferral process
Access information about post-graduation employment opportunities
Access information about professional school and graduate school opportunities
Understand Commencement and the degree award process
Demonstrating Achievement of Learning Outcomes
In order for you and your academic adviser to accurately measure and document that
you have achieved the learning outcomes for academic advising, the two of you will
develop an on-going record of your advising work.
This record will consist of a variety of documents including your educational plan,
your semester schedules, collaborative work completed from referrals on campus, and
a variety of other documents that you and your adviser will develop together to demonstrate
your achievement of these outcomes.