Advising Information

Our Committment to Advising

The College of Arts and Sciences takes its advising mission seriously. We are committed to providing you with the tools and information you need to be effective advisors. Academic advising is a team effort that includes faculty, department chairpersons, academic services personnel and the Dean's Office.

Responsibilities of Advising Team Members

The College Advising and Support Services Hub (CASSH):

  • Distributes advising information to each department
  • Responds to faculty advisors' requests
  • Provides advisors with the following:
    • A current Faculty Advising Manual
    • Workshops on specific advising-related topics, as requested
    • Updates of policies that affect Arts and Sciences majors
    • Periodic evaluations of advising, and assistance in responding to student concerns
    • Advising information and brochures for distribution to faculty and students
    • Advising tips via appstate email accounts
  • Maintains and updates DegreeWorks audit information to ensure faculty and students can access correct audits
  • Provides senior checks for students with 85+ earned semester hours
  • Certifies students for graduation

Faculty Advisors:

  • Explain to students the policies and requirements for degrees
  • Assist students with planning semester schedules
  • Discuss academic plans that meet students' academic and career goals
  • Assist students with wise career decisions
  • Direct  students to the appropeirate department or outlet for personal, academic, and finacial issues

Department Chairpersons:

  • Assume a leadership role in stressing the importance of advising
  • Determine needs of advisors in department and insure advisors have opportunities for additional training, if needed
  • Communicate to advisors and students a written, clear summary of the advising procedures in the department.

Advisors should take their advising mission seriously, recognizing its importance to the student, to the success of the departmental programs and to the success of the University's mission.