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Academic Advising at Aquinas College

 
The process of academic advising is a two-way interaction where the advisee and the advisor work together to achieve a common goal.  Both the advisee and the advisor have responsibilities to fulfill in order for the process to work.  Here is some information so you will know what your advisor will expect of you and what you can expect of your advisor.
 
To register for classes you will need to meet first with your academic advisor.  Contact your advisor after midterm break to arrange an appointment to review your educational plan and identify the best classes to take in the next semester.  It is best to create a tentative schedule prior to meeting with your advisor.  You can print a scheduling worksheet (pdf) to record your tentative schedule.  If you are not sure who your advisor is, you can check your profile in MyAQ.
 
>Advising Instructions (pdf)
 
The Mission of Academic Advising at Aquinas College
"Academic Advising at Aquinas College provides students the opportunity to develop their academic, co-curricular and career plan with a caring and informed advisor. Advising strives to create a collaborative experience to help students achieve these goals by best using the many resources at Aquinas College."
 
Academic Advising Goals
  • To partner with students on a suitable educational plan
  • To assist the advisee in clarifying career and life goals
  • To assist the advisee in selecting appropriate courses and other educational experiences
  • To articulate and interpret institutional academic requirements
  • Serve as a resource to identify co-curricular academic enhancements available
  • To accurately evaluate the student’s progress toward academic goals
 
What you can expect from your advisor
  • Understand and effectively interpret the curriculum, graduation requirements, and college policies and procedures
  • Encourage and guide you as you define and develop realistic goals
  • Encourage and support you as you develop clear and attainable educational plans
  • Be accessible for meeting with you, via office hours, and for advising, one-on-one appointments, telephone, or email
  • Maintain a professional relationship, valuing honesty and confidentiality
 
Your responsibilities as an advisee
  • Know who your advisor is
  • Clarify personal values and goals
  • Formulate academic and social goals in order to reach optimal lifestyle and career choices
  • To be familiar with/monitor the course requirements and to schedule courses each semester in accordance with those requirements
  • Recognize your responsibility for continuous evaluation of progress toward graduation
  • To be aware of and observe academic guidelines
  • To follow college procedures for registering for courses and for making adjustments to your class schedule
  • To understand academic performance standards, academic probation, academic dismissal, and to know grade point average requirements
  • Prepare in advance for every advising session with your advisor and bring with you any materials your advisor may need including college catalog, schedule of classes, curriculum plans, curriculum guides and tentative class, work and extracurricular schedules
  • Follow through when there are questions regarding grades, credits (including transfer and advanced placement) waivers or requirements
  • Maintain accurate and current academic records
 
Advisors are always available. Students are responsible for seeking them out.