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College/School Advisors are responsible for advising all students in all majors of a particular College or School.
Cater Center advisors are responsible for the academic advising of students who are in academic jeopardy or who are ineligible to progress in their current major. Students must be recommended by their native College or School before they can utilize the Cater Center services.
Honors College advisors are responsible for advising Honors students concerning the Honors College requirements. The advisors do not advise students on requirements for their particular academic major.
Departmental Advisors are responsible for advising all the students in a particular department. They specialize in one department of a college or school.
Faculty Advisors are full-time faculty members with a teaching load who are also responsible for advising students in their particular area of specialization.
Advising, in its broadest sense, is the continuing conversation between advisor and advisee that centers on academic matters, career plans, clarification of goals, information on internships, additional educational opportunities, and other related topics. In this conversation, the advisor serves as a guide and mentor, drawing upon other campus resources for assistance with this responsibility.
One important part of this type of advising includes the planning of an academic program and the keeping of accurate records of the student’s progress towards completion of that program. It is important, therefore, that academic advisors and faculty advisors be familiar with both the core requirements and the major requirements for their units. The Auburn University Bulletin, curriculum models, and experienced advisors are valuable resources.
Faculty and academic staff who serve as advisors are responsible for:
Academic advising at Auburn University is recognized in its potential of being a powerful educational intervention that impacts student persistence and success. While the ultimate responsibility for making decisions about goals and educational plans rests with the student, the advisor facilitates the student's decision-making process and helps identify and assess alternatives and consequences of decisions. Because this decision-making process is vital for the student's success at the university, those involved in advising must be properly developed, recognized, supported and evaluated.
The primary purpose of academic advising is to assist students in the development of meaningful educational plans compatible with their goals, focusing on the following activities:
Effective academic advisors: