Determine reasons for poor academic performance and direct advisees to appropriate support services.
Be realistic with advisees.
Use all available information sources.
Clearly outline advisees' responsibilities.
Follow up on commitments made to advisees.
Encourage advisees to consider and develop conversations for future reference.
Keep an anecdotal record of significant conversation for future reference.
Evaluate the effectiveness of your advising.
Do not be critical of other faculty or staff to advisees.
Be knowledgeable about career opportunities and job outlook for various majors.
Encourage advisees to talk by asking open-ended questions.
Do not betray confidential information.
Categorize advisees' questions; are they seeking action, information, or involvement and understanding.
Be yourself and allow advisees to be themselves.
Serve as student advocates, providing accurate and up to date information about requirements and expectations within the major field, the core requirements, college policy and college procedures.
Introduce students to possibilities and expectations within their discipline, both during and beyond the baccalaureate program.
Provide assistance to students in tracking their academic progress (i.e., review audit and departmental program sheets regularly with students).
Assist students to develop strategies and individual plans which will maintain good academic standing (i.e., study habits, managing time, setting priorities, etc.).
Introduce students to academic opportunities(internships, coop, honors, exchange programs, etc.) available through the institution of through the discipline.
Provide students with useful and accessible referrals to other sources of information and assistance as necessary.
Know the requirements and expectations within the major field, the core requirements, college policies and procedures.
Meet early in your academic career with your advisor to develop an academic plan which will guide your completion of the baccalaureate degree.
Meet regularly with your department advisor to update your progress within program. Students should be responsible for maintaining an academic file(i.e., WSU Bulletin, academic audit sheets , grade reports, registration records, changes of grade, changes of major, etc.) Consider keeping an academic portfolio, as well, for your benefit in employment and professional interviews.
Know what it means to maintain satisfactory academic standing(i.e., satisfactory q.p.a. by attempted credits: 0-23 credits >=1.5; 24-47 credits >= 1.75; 48+ credits >=2.0)
Explore with your advisor various academic opportunities(internships, coop, honors, exchange programs, etc.) available through the institution or through the discipline.
Speak with your advisor to learn about the various academic resources available ( tutorial services, study skills workshops, etc.) to support your success.