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Academic Advising at Ohio University

One of Ohio University’s core values is to provide excellent academic advising and mentoring for undergraduate students. Many studies indicate the best, most successful student advising programs are those that have strong faculty and staff support and involvement. The greater the faculty-student contact outside the classroom, the greater the overall student involvement and motivation in their course of academic study. Advising with an active, engaged advisor correlates strongly with student success, persistence, and satisfaction.

Academic advising at Ohio University is an integral part of the entire university experience. Therefore, advising is not merely a once-a-term conference to make sure students are meeting degree requirements, but instead a developmental process that guides students through their education purposefully and in a way that helps students achieve their intellectual and career goals.

As an advisor, you can be a significant influence in your students’ successes and persistence at OHIO. Thank you for your commitment to advising!

 

What is the role of an academic advisor?

An academic advisor should:

  • Be an accessible, welcoming, and open-minded resource.
  • Understand and effectively communicate institutional policies and curricular requirements.
  • Be knowledgeable with the variety of degree and program offerings, departmental and college requirements, as well as university General Education requirements.
  • Work collaboratively to assist students to dream, define, and develop their academic plans.
  • Create a safe environment of mutual respect where students can share their thoughts, aspirations, concerns, and interests.
  • Provide academic success strategies and referrals to appropriate campus resources when needed.
  • Listen carefully to students’ questions, concerns, and confusions.
  • Encourage and support students as students gain the skills and knowledge necessary for success.
  • Assist students in making course and program decisions.
  • Understand how to read a DARs and assist students as they learn how to navigate this advising resource.
  • Maintain appropriate level of confidentiality as required by FERPA.

 

Mission Statement

Ohio University recognizes academic advising to be a central element of the educational experience of its undergraduate students. Advising is a collaborative relationship for which advisors and students share responsibility and through which students create sound educational plans consistent with their academic, career, and personal goals. Advisors are responsible for being accessible and responsive to students, and for providing accurate, timely information. Students are responsible for being prepared for advising sessions, and for understanding university and major requirements.