Academic Advising Expectations

The Office of Academic Advising works in partnership with students to attain their goals. Each person in this partnership has certain expectations of the other people and the advising relationship. The guidelines below are intended to clarify the roles and responsibilities of advisors and students.

You Can Expect Your Advisor to: Your Advisor Expects You to:
Understand college requirements and effectively communicate them to you Schedule regular appointments
Provide a safe place where you can share your thoughts, aspirations, concerns, and interests Be on time for your scheduled appointments and come prepared
Provide resources, referrals, and strategies for using available resources on campus Accept responsibility for your decisions
Listen carefully to your questions, concerns, and confusions Be open to developing and clarifying your personal values and goals
Encourage and support you as you gain the skills and knowledge necessary for success Be knowledgeable about college programs, policies, and procedures
Assist you in making course and major decisions Keep a record of your academic progress and goals
Assist you in understanding the purposes and goals of higher education Be an active learner by participating fully in the advising experience
Be accessible to you during posted office hours, by telephone, email, or web Gather all relevant decision-making information
Activate your email account and check your email regularly (at least once a day)
Familiarize yourself with the academic calendar and be aware of deadline dates
Seek help when needed and use appropriate campus resources


Expected Learning Objectives of Academic Advising
Through the process, students will:

  • Develop realistic educational, professional, and personal goals.
  • Learn how to be a self-advocate.
  • Be empowered to make decisions and take responsibility for their choices and actions.
  • Be able to identify and communicate the transferrable skills gained through their classes, internships, and co-curricular experiences.
  • Utilize the resources and services on campus to assist them in achieving their goals.
  • Make use of referrals to campus resources as needed.
  • Be able to accurately read and effectively use their program-specific curriculum guides to determine progress toward their degree.
  • Be able to select academic programs that match their interests and abilities.

How Students Will Know They are Meeting the Learning Objectives

  • They are meeting with their academic advisor on a regular basis.
  • They know when important dates are coming up and/or when to find them on the academic calendar.
  • They regularly access their Degree Worksheet on MyWheelock.
  • They are responding to Wheelock emails in a timely and professional manner.
  • They are utilizing resources like Peer Tutoring, the Writing Center, or instructor office hours.
  • They have taken an active role in major exploration and decision making.
  • They feel like part of the Wheelock College campus and community.
  • They feel like they are making progress toward reaching their goals.
  • They are taking ownership for their choices and actions.
  • They are familiar with academic policies and procedures.

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