Components of Academic Advising

Related topic: Academic Advising

No single adviser can be expected to provide all of the information discussed below, but each adviser should know that Penn State's total advising program (faculty, professional staff, and student advisers) can provide information and advice in all of the following areas:

  1. Conveying the purposes of the University: includes advice and consultation regarding the aims of a land-grant institution, the meaning of higher education, the aims of disciplinary and interdisciplinary study, the reasons for academic requirements, the expected standards of achievement, and the spirit and satisfaction of scholarly work.
  2. Information giving: includes advice and consultation about registration, course offerings, areas of faculty interest and expertise, educational opportunities, degree programs, educational policies and regulations, as well as administrative procedures.
  3. Short-range program planning: includes advice and consultation on semester-by-semester program planning, selection of specific courses, the registration process, and schedule adjustments.
  4. Long-range planning: includes advice and consultation about educational and professional objectives suited to the student's demonstrated abilities and interests, as well as identification of the relationship between courses, programs, and occupations.
  5. Student referral: recognizes that the academic adviser cannot possibly meet all student needs but that specialized campus services are available for advice and consultation complementary to the knowledge and skill of the adviser.

Last update: August 2014