In the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), academic support is a partnership between Undergraduate Academic Services (UAS) and departmental faculty. UAS provides New Student Orientation advisement and guidance in making final preparations for degree eligibility. Faculty advisors within students’ academic disciplines assist students with course planning, developing disciplinary interests, and exploring graduate school and career interests.
All students in CAS will be assigned a faculty advisor within their academic department. Advisors can be an invaluable resource so it is to your benefit to make a point to connect with your advisor early on in your academic career.
Your advisor can:
The advising relationship is a two-way street. As an advisee, you must actively contribute in order for the relationship to work.
As an advisee you should:
1. Don't wait until the last minute to make an appointment with your advisor. Your advisor has many advisees to see. Be aware of registration deadlines (Free Drop/Add, 8-week deadline).
2. Go to the appointment prepared. It may help to ask yourself:
a. Why did I schedule this appointment? b. Have I remembered to bring any necessary materials and a list of questions? c. If you are meeting to discuss registration, have you reviewed the current registration information and outlined the courses you are considering?
3. Arrive on time! Double check the location of your advisor's office. Keep his/her phone number and/or the department's phone number handy, just in case you're running late and need to let someone know.
4. Since academic decisions are ultimately your responsibility, make sure you ask questions during advisement appointments. If you don't understand a requirement or are not clear on a UD policy or procedure, your advisor can assist you in finding out those answers.
5. Don't be afraid to bring up sensitive issues (e.g., failing a class, financial and/or personal problems). Tell your advisor about things that may be affecting your ability to do your best.
6. Remember to thank your advisor for his/her time. This may seem obvious, but it is especially important if he/she has written a recommendation, sent you information about a special scholarship, or hooked you up with that internship you have been dreaming of!
7. Finally, make sure you follow-up on any referrals that your advisor has given you (e.g., writing center, tutoring, counseling center, study abroad).
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