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How to Make the Most Out of Your Advising Experience

Academic advising is an important part of Plymouth State University’s commitment to the process of educating the student. “Advising assists students to realize the maximum educational benefits available to them by helping them to better understand themselves and to learn to use the resources of the institution to meet their special educational needs.” Crockett The foundation of the advising process is the relationship between the advisor and the student. In this process, the advisor helps students to review, select, and reach their educational objectives in a professional, helpful, and mutually respectful atmosphere that allows students to:

  • become well informed about policies and procedures, curricular options and academic program requirements;
  • clearly define their educational objectives;
  • plan programs which incorporate their interests, abilities and careers goals; and
  • make full use of the facilities and resources available at Plymouth State.

Plymouth State University is committed to providing quality advising services to students in all academic programs. However, attaining this goal requires that both advisors and students understand their respective roles in the advising process. Plymouth State University believes in the developmental approach to academic advising. This means that our faculty and staff go beyond outlining courses you need to take and registration. We adhere to a person-centered approach that integrates these activities, while also clarifying values, providing information about educational options and monitoring your educational progress. The main goal is to establish a personal and caring relationship between you and your advisor, providing the personal touch that you need in order to adjust and succeed. Academic advising is the best source for accomplishing the task of focusing on services that enable you to clarify your educational and career goals and relate those goals to academic offerings. Your advisor is key to this process.

What is the purpose of my Success Coach and/or academic advisor? You will be assigned a Success Coach and/or an academic advisor when you are accepted to Plymouth State University. You can find out who your advisor is by logging into your myPlymouth under academic information. You and your advisor should get to know each other. Call, e-mail and/or stop by your advisor’s office frequently. Your advisor will assist you in mapping out your semester schedule as well as creating your “Four-year plan.” In addition, you and your advisor will discuss your major, career and life goals.

Student Advising Responsibilities

  1. Recognize personal responsibility for continuous evaluation of progress toward the objectives set by the University and the ultimate responsibility for all academic choices.
  2. Formulate social and academic goals in order to optimize life and career choices.
  3. Become acquainted with the resources at PSU that can increase the likelihood of academic success and help with definition of long-term goals. These include Plymouth Academic Support Services (PASS), Office of Undergraduate Studies, the Center for Student Success, the Writing Center and the academic advisor.
  4. Become familiar with academic policies, procedures, and requirements by studying the Academic Catalog and the Student Handbook .
  5. Know the graduation requirements for the chosen program in order to monitor progress toward completion of the degree.
  6. Maintain accurate and current academic records, such as add/drop transactions, transfer credit evaluations, student request copies, and correspondence from beginning to completion of the degree program.
  7. Initiate regular contact with the advisor.
  8. Prepare in advance for every meeting with the academic advisor and bring to each meeting the necessary supporting materials such as tentative schedules.
  9. Follow through on the evaluation of transfer credit from other colleges and universities to assure that transfer credit is applied correctly to PSU degree requirements and on the students’ PSU transcript.