About Academic Advising

Academic advising is a collaborative educational process designed to facilitate students’ understanding of the meaning and purpose of higher education and foster their intellectual and personal development toward academic success and lifetime learning.

Successful academic advising means a successful collaboration between the advisor and the student. This requires participation from both parties.

Advisor Responsibilities:

  • Help you explore areas of study that correspond to your professional goals and map an appropriate path.
  • Listen to your questions and concerns and refer you appropriately for any help he or she is not equipped to provide (counseling, medical, etc.)
  • Provide up-to-date information.
  • Teach you how to use online advising resources, including the tools necessary for registration.
  • Communicate with you regularly via your UCA-issued email account and advising appointments.
  • Help you feel confident in making your own academic decisions by arming you with knowledge.
  • Create an environment in which you feel safe exploring your goals and ideas.
  • Respect your right to privacy regarding both academic and personal matters.

Student Responsibilities:

  • Explore majors and careers, taking into account your interests, abilities, and values to choose the best fit for you.
  • Prepare in advance for advising appointments, coming up with a list of any pertinent questions, classes of interest, goals, etc.
  • Read and understand the policies detailed in the Student Handbook.
  • Use campus resources as needed.
  • Use online advising resources to plan your path, track your goals, and plan each semester.
  • Check your UCA-issued email regularly to ensure you receive up-to-date information in a timely fashion.
  • Accept personal responsibility for your decisions and actions.
  • Be aware of the rights provided under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).