Academic Advising

What is Academic Advising?
Academic advising is an ongoing interactive process involving the student, advisor and institution. The primary goal of which is to assist students in the development and accomplishment of meaningful educational plans that is compatible with their life



Academic advisors have a deep understanding of the curriculum, faculty, college rules and regulations, deadlines and academic policies.  They can guide students every step of the way by helping them not only select appropriate courses but also determine the correct sequence in which they should be taken.  They can help in choosing an appropriate major based on ones interests, aptitudes and goals in life.  They have knowledge of the academic culture and can let students know how to take full advantage of all the opportunities available at the college.  

 Academic advising is delivered by a team which includes faculty advisors, program counsellors, the vice dean of the pre-clinical studies and others. They have -as a team- the responsibility for overall advising systems direction and policy.

As part of its dedication to student success, PSMCHS is committed to providing high-quality academic advising, in order to assist students in the development and pursuit of academic objectives consistent with their life goals and the available opportunities at the college. The responsibility for developing educational plans and setting goals rests with the student. Academic advising contributes to this process by identifying alternatives, exploring likely outcomes, and referring students to appropriate resources.

The components of the academic advising system (student, advisor and institution) work together to achieve goals and objectives that include:
1)    Helping students develop an educational plan and choose an appropriate course of studies to meet their academic and life objectives.
2)    Ensuring that students are aware of opportunities and resources that can assist them in achieving their educational goals.
3)    Assisting students in interpreting college policies and procedures.
4)    Facilitating resolution of academic problems, conflicts and concerns, as appropriate.
5)    Referring students as necessary to other resource unit.


Who is the Professional Academic Advisor?
An individual who assists students with academic planning, degree requirements, and setting educational and career goals and provide information on rules and regulations, graduation requirements, transfer issues, study abroad and co-curricular opportunities and class scheduling,


Responsibilities of the Academic Advisor
•     Know academic rules and regulations and be familiar with campus resources.
•     Know the curriculum (general education or core requirements, major and minor requirements for your department).
•    Publicize and keep office hours and be regularly available to students.
•    Become well-acquainted with each advisee’s academic progress.
•    Coordinate advising and recordkeeping in your department.
•    Distribute advising information to students in a timely fashion.
•    To inform the student of degree requirements.
•    To communicate and emphasize the student responsibility for satisfying degree requirements.
•    To assist the student in his freshman year with developing a well-planned exploratory program to facilitate his choice of major and career.
•    To be familiar with published academic rules and regulations of the college and to maintain an up-to-date academic advising reference file.
•    To help the student plan a suitable schedule of classes, at least one semester in advance.
•    To discuss with the student his academic performance and its implications.
•    To refer the student to appropriate sources of information and services.
•    To utilize college resources, in the course of advising.
•    To determine if other advisors are assisting his/her students, and, if so, to coordinate with them regularly.
•    To meet with students as requested, or required.


Responsibilities of the Student
Students admitted to the college are responsible for understanding and meeting certain responsibilities regarding undergraduate degree regulations and procedures, degree requirements, course requirements, schedule of dates.


The responsibilities-when necessary-of students regarding academic advising among others are to:

•    seek advice and assistance regarding academics from the program counsellor or faculty advisor
•    learn academic rules and regulations and use campus resources.
•    learn curricular requirements for his academic program.
•    Initiate and maintain regular contact with his advisor.
•    formulate academic and professional goals and have specific questions prepared for advising appointments.
•    review on a periodical basis with his advisor his progress toward graduation.
•    assume responsibility for your academic and professional choices.
•    be aware that primary responsibility for selecting courses and meeting degree requirements is yours. The advisor can suggest, recommend, and remind you of rules and requirements, but you have the primary responsibility for meeting program and degree requirements.
•    discuss his academic performance and its implications with the advisor.
•    seek help at first sign of problems; don’t expect problems to be resolved without action.

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