Faculty Advisors

Academic advising is an important part of any college student experience. Advising should be woven into the fabric of the student’s academic life.

When done well, it will promote both personal and scholarly growth. Academic advising is a reflection of the best professional knowledge of the day and should not be left to chance. 

Use these resources and tools to create a supportive advisor-advisee relationship with your students.

Since students graduate and change majors, your assigned advisee list will likely change from semester to semester. Getting a current list of your advisees is the first step to becoming an effective advisor.  

You can choose to find your advisees names, their declared majors and other important information through either the Report Index or eServices.

Once you have a list of your advisees, there are a number of resources available to help you during your advisee meetings.

Getting to know your advisees and developing the advisee-advisor relationship is a meaningful part of the higher education experience.  

Most WSU students do very well academically, but some may struggle with the transition from high school to college. Some students may also experience barriers due to personal or health issues, and advisors can help students overcome these challenges. 

However, both students and faculty are busy during the semester. Students have classes, jobs and clubs and you have your own teaching schedule and other commitments. This can make meeting advisees difficult, so do your best to provide flexible appointment options whenever possible. 

Advisors may meet with advisees during office hours, in a classroom setting or online using Adobe Connect. One tool available for scheduling advising appointments is the advising scheduler. Instructions for the advising scheduler on how to use this tool are available.

Prior to an advising appointment, you should understand of your advisee's academic status. Reviewing their transcript or DARS will help you to better support your advisee's success.

Supporting your advisees includes providing quality academic information, but it also includes referrals and support from other areas.

Here are some resources that may be helpful during appointments or as supplemental tools and resources for supporting advisee success:

 

Advisors provide quality referrals and help students learn about all the resources and support services available on campus.

Retention can be defined as students who remain continuously enrolled in an institution from semester to semester and year from to year, eventually completing their degree.

The formula for student retention, however, is as diverse as the student dynamic itself. Students stay or leave a university due to a combination of academic, financial, social and personal reasons.

WSU offers a decentralized advising format and the Warrior Success Center embraces the appreciative advising approach. This approach starts with putting students at ease to start a dialogue based on personality and learning styles. Once the advisee-advisor relationship is established, open discussion can begin about majors, course registration and career planning.

There are various other advising approaches that you may want to consider.

No advisor can resolve all issues a student might face in college. However, the literature is clear that quality academic advising supports retention, persistence and graduation.

Here are additional resources for learning more about advising curriculum, models and strategies.