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Roles & Responsibilities of Students and Advisors

Effective advising in the School of Engineering & Computer Science requires a partnership between students and advisors.

Role of ECS Academic Advisors
  • Ensure that students are progressing through a fairly inflexible degree plan in a timely manner
  • Discuss students' academic progress
  • Encourage students to think about how their calling shapes their educational plans and career goals
  • Assist students with planning programs and experiences consistent with their abilities and interests
  • Discuss the relationship between academic preparation and life goals
  • Answer questions about academic policies, procedures, and degree requirements
  • Connect students with other areas of campus that can contribute resources and support toward student success
  • Encourage students to make their own decisions responsibly
Role of ECS Students
  • Prepare for academic advising appointments by:
    • Reviewing your progress on your degree plan
    • Reviewing classes offered for the next semester
    • Developing an initial schedule to bring to your advising appointment
  • Check with your advisor if you make changes to his/her recommended courses to make sure you are staying on track within your degree plan
  • Becoming knowledgeable about University programs, policies, and procedures
  • Accept final responsibility for decisions
  • Notify advisor of any changes in academic plans (for example: pending transfer credit, credit by exam, summer school plans, change of major, pre-professional plans)
  • Follow through on actions identified during each advising visit
  • Participate proactively in the decision-making process
  • Notify your advisor if it becomes necessary to cancel or reschedule advising appointments