University of Maine at Farmington 2020-2021 Catalog

 
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Academic Advising
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Academic Advising

Advising Mission Statement
 
The role of advising is to help students make choices and, in the process, to help them learn how to make good decisions and solve problems on their own.
 
Advising Vision
 
Advising goes beyond the traditional notion of the academic advisor helping in course selection and career advice, and includes working to assure that a student's educational experience supports the development of the whole student. Advising takes place at every level at the university: by staff, in the residence halls, in the classroom, by professors other than the academic advisor, and in extra-curricular and co-curricular activities. Advising is not limited to academic guidance, but includes working to assure a student's educational experience supports the development of the whole student. This envisions faculty, staff and students as partners in helping students identify their values and develop as individuals. Advising relates to the whole student, including the mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and physical aspects of life. Advising so defined is the core process integrating the educational experience at Farmington, helping students become confident participants in their education, cognizant of their own values and priorities, determined to be life-long learners, curious, enthused and open minded with a strong sense of both ethics and community.
 
Advising Responsibilities
 
Student Responsibilities:
  • Participate fully as an active learner in the advising process;
  • Take the initiative to contact his/her advisor in a timely fashion;
  • Be prepared for advising sessions, gathering all relevant information needed to make informed choices;
  • Articulate personal values, goals, and aspirations;
  • Accept ownership of his/her educational choices;
  • Maintain a personal record of academic progress;
  • Know and meet graduation and other requirements.
 
Academic Advisor Responsibilities:
  • Help students learn to make choices and, in the process, teach them how to make decisions and solve problems on their own;
  • Assist students in the pre-registration and registration process, providing timely communication and accurate information;
  • Discuss linkages between academic preparation, personal experience, and future career paths;
  • Assist students with planning an academic program consistent with student abilities, interests, and potential for growth;
  • Function as the point of reception and clearinghouse for information relating to advising responsibilities shared with other University personnel;
  • Refer students to campus services and resources as needed;
  • Monitor student progress and provide accurate feedback.

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