Why Advising Matters
What is Academic Advising?
An educational process that, by intention and design, facilitates students’ understanding the meaning and purpose of higher education and fosters their intellectual and personal development toward academic success and lifelong learning (National Academic Advising Association, 2004).
What do I get out of Academic Advising?
Knowing the General Education curriculum and understanding course requirements and academic expectations.
Knowing your personal strengths and talents and acknowledging your areas of improvement.
Responsibility and Accountability
Assessing information, making appropriate decisions, and accepting consequences of your actions. Knowing how and when to collaborate and seek help.
Appreciation of Differences
Recognizing the value of interacting and working with individuals with backgrounds and perspectives different from your own.
Email is the quickest and most efficient way to get in touch with your advisor. You may also call the office to get in touch with an advisor. Not sure who your Advisor is? Find your Advisor by college or department here.
Students and advisors are a team that works to achieve students’ goals. Students make decisions that are best for them, while having advisor support along the way. Advisors are not there to tell students what to do or make decisions for them. They provide information and assist students with their academic and career goals.
You can expect an advisor to:
- Be knowledgeable about and effectively communicate the curriculum and graduation requirements
- Understand both UNO’s university and individual colleges’ policies and procedures
- Guide students to develop realistic goals and encourage them to reach them
- Help students in exploring academic programs, choosing a major and careers
- Refer students to available campus resources
- Accurately document students’ progress toward completion of general education requirements
- Be accessible for advisees in person, over the phone or via e-mail
- Work with students to help increase problem solving and decision making skills
- Maintain confidentiality and adhere to FERPA guidelines
We expect you to:
- Check UNO email regularly. University emails and advisor emails are sent to UNO e-mail accounts
- Make regular contact with the advisor each semester
- Ask questions!
- Organize official UNO documents, advising sheets from advisor meetings, flyers and handouts so he/she can easily access the information
- Accept responsibility for his/her decisions
- Communicate your interests, abilities and goals to the advisor
- Become knowledgeable about UNO college programs, policies, and procedures. (e.g. dropping classes, enrollment, probation/suspension, student accounts/financial aid, student code of conduct, etc.)
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