At the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, advising is a crucial component of keeping our students on track to graduation. Advisors assist students in course selection each semester and help them navigate through their college years. Prior to registration, an advising hold is placed on student accounts. This ensures that students and advisors connect at least once each semester. Advisors lift this hold after they have met with their students. Ideally, this system of regular meetings allows advisors and advisees to develop a mutually beneficial relationship during the student’s time at the university.
As an advisee, you have clear responsibilities in the advising partnership in order to be successful:
- Schedule regular meetings with your advisor. One of these should be during the designated advising periods each semester.
- Become familiar with college programs, procedures, and policies.
- Come to meetings prepared with questions and ideas about your academic plan. Be curious. Ask lots of questions. Mention any concerns you have about your academic experience to your advisor.
- Clarify your personal values and goals so that you can provide your advisor with the best information about your interests and abilities.
- Follow through with referrals or plans-of-action recommended during advising sessions.
- Understand that you are ultimately responsible for your education and your decision-making.
Your advisor should be one of the best resources for information and support during your time at the University. Here are some things you can expect of your advisor:
- Be available for meetings with advisees during the advising period, and be accessible for questions outside of that period.
- Understand and effectively communicate the curriculum, graduation requirements, and all important policies and procedures.
- Encourage and guide students to define and develop realistic academic goals.
- Provide information about strategies for using the resources and services on campus
- Monitor students’ progress toward meeting their goals.
- Assist students in gaining decision making skills and skills in assuming responsibility for their educational plans and achievements