Academic advising is an ongoing educational process that connects the student to the University. Academic advising supports the University's mission of preparing students to live wisely and for learning beyond the confines of the academy. Faculty and staff academic advisors represent and interpret University policies and procedures to the student and help the student navigate the academic and organizational paths of the institution. The University of Southern Indiana recognizes academic advising as a dynamic and interactive process by which students are able to define and implement sound educational strategies that are consistent with the personal values and career goals.
The University is committed to providing students with accurate and timely academic advising, delivered through its academic colleges and departments, as well as through additional departments devoted to specific student populations such as undecided, conditionally-admitted, international, and non-traditional students.
The University of Southern Indiana recognizes academic advising to be a critical component of the educational experience of its students. Through individual, collaborative relationships with academic advisors, students are best able to define and implement sound educational and vocational plans that are consistent with their personal values, goals and career plans. The University acknowledges its obligation to provide students with accurate and timely academic advising, delivered through its academic departments and colleges, as well as through additional units and offices devoted to specific student populations such as undecided and conditionally-admitted students, and transfer students.
Because the university identifies academic advising as a crucial element in its students' educational development and academic success, excellence in advising is considered a significant component in the professional recognition of faculty and advising-dedicated staff.
Academic Advising at the University of Southern Indiana shall be:
considered a critical component of the University's educational mission;
collaborative, understanding that students, advisors, faculty and other University staff have a direct impact and a strong interest in student success;
centered on the meaningful and productive relationships for the University's students with faculty, staff, and programs that will establish positive patterns for their future;
intentional and pro-active, offering programs and communication methods to meet the needs of all student populations in setting long-term educational goals and planning for academic success;
delivered by members of the University faculty and staff who are trained, who have developed a broad view of our institution, and who are realistic and well-informed about the diverse needs of students;
accurate and timely, utilizing all available and appropriate methods of communication and technology to disseminate information and aid in decision-making;
regularly evaluated, both by program and staff performance, to further develop effective advising practices and programs for student success at the University.
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