The mission of academic advising is to support, guide, and encourage student development and success by providing resources students need to achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals. Together, the student and advisor craft an academic path that reflects the needs and circumstances of each student.

Faculty advisors and student advisees meet periodically throughout each semester to address student needs and institutional deadlines. Advisor and advisees are to participate actively and collaboratively in the academic advising process. Advisors and advisees are expected to fulfill the following responsibilities:


Faculty advisors will…

  • Know university policies, procedures, and requirements
  • Meet regularly in a timely manner to meet important institutional deadlines
  • Monitor academic performance using early alert system
  • Collaborate with appropriate parties from across campus to support student success
  • Articulate how academic advising can be used as a tool for success
  • Strategically guide advisees in creating academic plans taking into account university requirements and student strengths, weaknesses, and personal circumstances
  • Communicate clearly and appropriately information about university policies, procedures, and requirements
  • Refer students to appropriate university resources
  • Describe the developmental nature of university and program specific requirements
  • Articulate the value of a liberal arts education based in the learning outcomes of the Wesleyan Studies curriculum
  • Establish relationships with advisees that fosters a strong rapport
  • Empower students to be responsible for their academic and professional plans
  • Prompt self-reflection, problem solving, and exploration
  • Impart knowledge from own professional experience and connect students to external professional networks as appropriate
  • Provide non-judgmental support for students to explore interests and goals

Student advisees will…

  • Know and follow university policies, procedures, and requirements
  • Seek timely and appropriate advice from academic advisor
  • Meet or communicate regularly with advisor to meet institutional deadlines
  • Actively and collaboratively use academic advising as a tool for success
  • Create and execute an appropriate academic plan taking into account university requirements and student strengths, weaknesses, and personal circumstances
  • Use relevant university resources to support academic, professional, and personal success
  • Recognize the value and developmental nature of academic requirements
  • Understand the importance of a liberal arts education
  • Take responsibility for own academic and professional plans
  • Engage in self-reflection, problem solving, and exploration
  • Explore and establish academic, professional, and personal goals
  • Identify and utilize abilities, interests, and values