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- Schedule regular appointments with your advisor (minimum one per semester).
- Arrive on time. If you are late, you may need to reschedule.
- Bring your questions!
- Consider your values and goals and be honest with your advisor about these.
- Regularly check your WSU email.
- Gather relevant decision-making information and necessary materials (Academic Requirement Report, transfer information, tentative course selections, forms, etc.)
- Discuss challenges affecting academic performance (i.e., study skills, course requirements, personal concerns, and more).
- Research WSU resources with The Academic Success and Career Center:
- Study skills workshops
- Student success courses
- Ask when it’s best drop courses or to take a course pass-fail or audit.
- Ask about career considerations, internships, study abroad, and changing directions/major/interests.
- Keep a personal record of your progress toward your academic goals
- Remember: This is your degree! Accept responsibility for your decisions and your actions that affect your educational progress and goals.
Academic Advisor Responsibilities
- Be accessible, knowledgeable, and informed while demonstrating care and respect.
- Maintain confidentiality in the advising relationship.
- Guide students as they define and develop their goals.
- Encourage students to be responsible for their educational plans, options, and achievements.
- Understand and effectively communicate curriculum, graduation requirements, and university and college policies and procedures.
- Guide students in the selection of appropriate courses each semester, particularly considering time to graduation and course prerequisites.
- Keep a record of advising appointments.
- Visit all relevant websites, attend required trainings, and understand resources available to students.
- Support students with information about and strategies for utilizing resources and services available on campus and in the community.
- Lift advising holds.