Responsibilities and Outcomes

Responsibilities and Outcomes

Adviser Responsibilities

The adviser will:

  • Help the advisee to understand the academic and administrative processes of the University and the nature of its academic programs.
  • Seek to understand the advisee's particular concerns affecting academic progress.
  • Help the advisee to understand the expected standards of achievement and likelihood of success in certain areas of study.
  • Discuss the educational and career objectives suited to the advisee's demonstrated abilities and expressed interest
  • Help the advisee to understand the relationships among courses, programs, undergraduate research opportunities, internships, study abroad programs, and other academic experiences provided by the university.
  • Help the advisee plan a course of study and give advice about courses, adjustment of course loads, course sequencing and prerequisites.
  • Participate in the adviser training sessions provided by each college or department to keep informed and current.
  • Will refer advisee to appropriate office or individual who can address individual concerns or provide administrative approval for particular academic actions.

Advisee's Responsibilities

The advisee will:

  • Acquire the information needed to assume final responsibility for course scheduling, program planning and the successful completion of all graduation requirements.
  • Become knowledgeable about the relevant policies, procedures and rules of the University, College and academic program.
  • Read and save emails from their Adviser
  • Act on plans developed during advising sessions or resulting from issues raised by Advisee inquiry.
  • Seek the academic and career information needed to meet educational goals.
  • Be prepared with accurate information and relevant materials when contacting the adviser.
  • Consult with the adviser at least once a semester to decide on courses, review the accuracy of the audit, check progress towards graduation and discuss the suitability of other educational opportunities provided by the University.

Learning Outcomes from Academic Advising

Expected Student Learning Outcomes

Assisted by the process of academic advising, the student will be able to do the following:

  • Make effective decisions concerning degree and career goals
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the value of a Penn State degree through the value of general education requirements and major/minor requirements
  • Develop an educational plan for successfully achieving goals and select courses each semester to progress toward fulfilling goals
  • Accurately read and effectively utilize a degree audit through the use of LionPATH
  • Make use of referrals to campus/colleges resources as needed
  • Utilize the resources and services on campus to assist in the achievment of academic, personal, and career goals
  • Graduate in a timely manner based upon educational plans