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Before meeting with your advisee:

  • Review any advising notes you have on your previous meetings - in Eagle Alert or other system.
  • Communicate your expectations to your advisees prior to the meeting (see sample statement below)
    • I look forward to our meeting. Our session will be the most productive if you come with questions or topics to discuss. If the meeting is in regards to registration, it will be helpful to me if you bring a list of the courses you are thinking about for the next term (not a schedule - desired courses and alternates for them if they are closed). In addition, a proposed plan mapping out your courses for each semester until graduation is often helpful. I will be assuming that you are familiar with WINGS (especially "my planner" ) and the Catalog.  Please review Students Responsibilities - Getting the Most out of advising.

Meeting with your advisee:

  • Ask your advisee how his or her semester is progressing.
    • Discuss classroom performance - is he/she mastering the material and gaining the grades needed for their next term? Did he/she get any Eagle Alert concerns raised this semester.
    • Inquire about his/her non-academic life (campus activities, jobs, relationships, family, etc.) "How is the rest of your life going?  Anything that is interfering with your school work?"
      • Many students do not know how to advocate for themselves or find help that they may need. Let him/her know that resources are available if he/she is struggling with any issue. Pressing concerns should be referred to the Student Life Office (Aaron Koepke or Angie Lee).
      • Ask your advisee how the content of his/her coursework fits into her/his larger career and life goals. 
  • Advisement Report (AR) on WING - review with the student.  Discuss his/her prepared plans and progress toward completion of each of the 4 major sets of requirements:
    • University requirements for graduation (120 credits & 40 credits of 300/400 level coursework)
    • General Education Coursework
    • College Core Coursework
    • Major coursework and minor or program options (if applicable)
  • Ask the student if his/her questions/topics were addressed.
  • Encourage the student to take utilize Career Services for career exploration, internships, connecting with employers, resume/cover letter assistance, graduate/professional school applications, interviewing preparation, etc. Remember that there are a variety of campus resources available to assist students on a wide range of issues.

After meeting with your advisee:

  • Post advising notes in Eagle Alert (or in a note system of your own) if you want to remind your advisee to follow up on an action or if there is an item of information you feel other parties on compus would find useful to know or that you will want to remember for the next advising meeting with the student. 

Questions you can't answer?  Your College Dean's Office, the Academic Advising Center, and the Catalog are the best resources.  Graduation eligibility and commencement information for students