For Advisors

Advisor Advising ResponsibilitiesExpectations of Full-time Faculty for Mentoring and Supporting StudentsFrequently Asked Questions

1. Registration and Program Advising

  • To help the student feel welcome and to provide pertinent general information relative to University life;
  • To assist the student in completing registration and utilizing the drop/add process;
  • To be certain that the student is familiar with procedures and regulations relative to curricula offered, requirements for graduation, required courses and electives, and the content and values of specific courses;
  • To make the student aware that he/she is primarily responsible for the development of an appropriate academic program;
  • To establish a basis of contact with the student upon which personal, academic, and administrative process may be integrated.

2. Scholastic Achievement

  • To coordinate this University and its offerings with the student’s abilities, needs, and interests;
  • To assist the student in the evaluation of scholastic strengths and weaknesses, and planning for improvement;
  • To analyze with the student personal efficiency in studying with attention to individual energy, health, and related problems.

3. Social Adjustment

  • To assist the student in making wise and sufficient selection of suitable activities in line with abilities and interests;
  • To encourage the student to give support to worthy and interesting programs for the social good;
  • To identify, prevent, or remedy the social maladjustment of the student through observations and conferences;
  • To assist the student to develop a sense of personal integrity;
  • To use available resources as a means of understanding and helping the individual to meet problems of social relationships in the classroom, in living arrangements, and with friends and family.
Consistent with the University values and missions that establish a commitment to actively preparing students to participate respectfully and responsibly in a pluralistic society, faculty members are expected to participate in mentoring students. Mentoring students is different from the basic function of providing registration information to students; it implies that faculty will share experience and expertise that contributes to intellectual, social and professional development of students for success in their studies and success in their transition after graduation.

Mentoring Students

All faculty members are expected to mentor and support student development. Specifically, faculty shall:

  • provide advice that assists students in meeting career aspirations and/or graduate education,
  • make him/herself accessible to students (advisees and students in courses/major),
  • promote students for awards and scholarships,
  • promote student orientation and involvement in profession or discipline,
  • engage students in scholarly and professional activities when feasible and appropriate,
  • participate in and support student activities (orientation sessions, convocations,
  • Commencement, award ceremonies, honorary societies, etc.),
  • help the student feel welcome and to provide pertinent general information relative to University life.

Advising

Student success hinges on meaningful academic advising. Faculty advising of individual students involves being available to assist students in a variety of their life activities while at Plymouth State University. Recognizing that students differ in terms of the variety and urgency of their need for help, advisors should be particularly interested in the academic planning, scholastic achievement, career planning, and social adjustment of their assigned students. Such counseling should be based on the evaluation of skills and abilities and the identification of personal priorities. Faculty members who are assigned advisees are expected to:

  • know the curriculum and provide effective and accurate curriculum advising,
  • assist students with academic progress and time to degree,
  • establish a basis of contact with students upon which personal, academic, and administrative processes may be integrated,
  • promote student awareness of their personal responsibility for the development of an appropriate academic program,
  • familiarize students with the procedures and regulations relative to curricula offered, requirements for graduation, required courses and electives, and the content and values of specific courses,
  • assist students in completing registration and utilizing the drop/add process,
  • develop communication with students that is consistent, frequent, and confidential.
Is there a time frame in which a student must declare their major?
Students are required to declare an academic major no later than the semester they are completing 60 credits. Students who fail to declare a major after completing 60 credits are not eligible to register for any subsequent semester until a major is declared. Transfer students with 60 or more credits must declare a major by the end of their first full-time semester.

How many credits does a student have to be enrolled in to be full-time?
A student must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits to qualify as a full-time student for insurance, some financial aid, and athletic purposes. This is an issue to discuss with students who may want to drop coursework that will then bring their credit load below full time status.

What is the Math Foundations requirement for General Education?
Any math course numbered MA1500 or higher will satisfy the Math Foundations requirement. A student must complete their Math Foundations requirement within their first two semesters at PSU.

Is there a time frame in which a student should complete their General Education requirements?
A student should try to complete their lower-level General Education requirements within their first two years at PSU. Composition and Math Foundations should be completed within the students first two semesters at PSU.

Can a student retake a PSU course at another school and transfer it back to Plymouth?
With prior approval through the Registrar’s office, a student may retake courses he/she has failed at PSU through transfer credit. Those are the only courses students may retake via transfer that will impact on their cumulative gpa. Students may not retake, through transfer, courses in which they have earned credit with grades above F (i.e., a grade of D- earned at PSU may not transfer back to Plymouth to improve their grade point average). For more information regarding these transfer credit policies, please visit the Registrar’s Office web site.

How does a student declare or change their major?
Students submit the electronic form Academic Major Declaration or Change through the Registrar’s office web site to declare or change their major. Typically, a new advisor from the new major department is either chosen by the student or assigned.

How does a student declare a minor?
Declaration of Academic Minor forms are available at the Registrar’s Office or their website. This form requires the signature of the student’s advisor and the appropriate representative of the department or council offering the minor. CLICK HERE to find out who the appropriate representative is to sign your form.  Completed forms are returned to the Registrar’s office.