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:

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

Student Responsibilities:

  • Explore majors and careers, taking into account the student’s interests, abilities, and values to choose the best fit for them
  • Prepare in advance for advising appointments, coming up with a list of any pertinent questions, classes of interest, academic goals, etc.
  • Read and understand the policies detailed in the Student Handbook
  • Utilize campus resources as needed
  • Use online advising resources to plan the student’s path, track their goals, and plan each semester
  • Be familiar with the Academic Calendar, and be aware of upcoming add/drop deadlines
  • Check their UCA-issued email regularly to ensure they receive up-to-date information in a timely fashion
  • Accept personal responsibility for student’s decisions and actions
  • Be aware of the rights provided to students under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

We advise. You decide.