University of Vermont

2008-09 Online Catalogue

Academic Policies and General Information

Academic Advising

Academic Advising is a process in which students seek and receive guidance with academic program planning, usually from a faculty advisor. Meaningful educational planning is compatible with a student’s life goals, therefore academic advising encompasses discussion of life goals and assistance with the developmental process of life goals clarification. The ultimate responsibility for making decisions about educational plans and life goals rests with the individual student. Assistance with the clarification of life goals is not limited to the academic advising relationship, and may include staff in areas such as career development, residential life, and counseling. For academic advisors, assisting students in the clarification of life goals means helping students explore and define their educational and career goals in an atmosphere of mutual respect and learning. Advising, while non-prescriptive, encourages students to think critically, seek out resources, and develop action steps. The desired result is that students will feel a sense of connection with the advisor and a sense of guidance, while realizing personal responsibility for exploring options and making decisions.

Academic Advisors remain alert to any barriers to student academic performance and guide students to address these appropriately. The advisor needs to be able to refer student to appropriate academic and support services to enhance both their student experience and their academic success. Faculty advisors are expected to initiate contact with each advisee during a student’s first two semesters on campus and when a new advisee is assigned to the advisor (includes newly declared majors and transfer students). After the first two semesters, maintaining regular contact with the advisor is the responsibility of the advisee. The advisor will be prepared to meet with and listen to his/her advisees on a regular basis. Advisor and advisee share responsibility equally for the success of the advising relationship.

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