Below is a definition of common academic advising terms to help undergraduate scholars determine who is part of their network of support.
The National Academic Advising Association, or NACADA, defines academic advising as a “process in which advisor and advisee enter a dynamic relationship [in which the advisor is] respectful of the student’s concerns. Ideally, the advisor serves as teacher and guide in an interactive partnership aimed at enhancing the student’s self-awareness and fulfillment” (O’Banion, 1972). Below are some types of advisors who make up the network of support within the college:
Major advisors in the department can advise you on courses, specific requirements of majors, and career opportunities. You are strongly encouraged to consult with your major advisor each quarter before selecting your courses. More information about major advisors, including contact information, can be found on individual department websites.
Dean's Office Advisors
The Associate Dean of Undergraduate Academic Programs (UAP) and advising staff welcome the opportunity to become acquainted and to talk with individual students. Advisors in the college assist with general advising questions about university and college requirements. Advisors also connect students with campus resources and serve as an initial advising point of contact for all students in the college from application to graduation. They can guide and support you if you are placed on probation or subject to academic disqualification. More information about college advisors, including contact information, can be found via the college directory.
You will be assigned a faculty advisor to help you create an academic plan that corresponds to your individual educational interests. The faculty advisor coordinates advising within a major. You are strongly encouraged to consult with your faculty advisor and major advisor each quarter before selecting your courses. More information about faculty advisors, including contact information, can be found on individual department websites.
Peer advisors are available at major departments and the dean's office. Peer advisors are undergraduate students who are skilled at assisting with academic and administrative questions, including course recommendations, progress checks, and other co-curricular questions. Peer advising is available on a drop-in basis. More information about peer advisors in the major and at the dean's office, including contact information, can be found on individual department websites.