What is Academic Advising?
An educational process that, by intention and design, facilitates students’ understanding of the meaning and purpose of higher education and foster their intellectual and personal development towards academic success and lifelong learning (National Academic Advising Association, 2004).
NACADA. (2004). NACADA statement of core values of academic advising. Retrieved February 13, 2007 from the NACADA Clearinghouse of Academic Advising Resources web site.
Academic advisors can assist you with the following:
- Understand and effectively communicate the curriculum, degree/school requirements, graduation requirements, and university policies and procedures.
- Encourage and guide students as they define and develop realistic academic and career goals.
- Provide a safe, respectful, and confidential space to ask questions, discuss your interests, and express your concerns.
- Assist and support you in making course and major decisions.
A successful student/student expectation:
- Will make an appointment with an advisor once admitted to review their curriculum requirements/ degree plan to help track progress towards graduation.
- Will know and follow academic policies, procedures, and meet required deadlines. [Example: TPCC application, Field Residency I & II and Student Teaching].
- Will research programs and opportunities in advance; and be open and willing to consider other major/degree plan options.
- Take primary responsibility for making your own decisions.
- Will regularly read their TAMU-SA email.
Appointment & Walk-in Etiquette:
Academic advisors are available to meet with students during office hours for appointment and walk-in or can also be reached via e-mail. You can set up an appointment or check advisor availability by calling the Advising Desk at (210) 784 -1307 (College of Arts & Sciences / College of Education and Kinesiology) or (210) 784-2301 (College of Business). Please be prepared to share the topic you wish to discuss during your appointment with the receptionist.
Appointments are scheduled for 30 minute intervals and must be scheduled a day in advance. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please call the front desk of your designated college to cancel or reschedule as early as possible. Arrive on time and check in at the front desk. If you arrive more than 10 minutes late for an appointment, you will be asked to reschedule the appointment. Bring your degree plan to your appointment.
If you need assistance with only a quick answer to a question, you may drop into the College of Arts & Sciences, CEAC Rm#347, College of Education & Kinesiology, MC Rm#309 or College of Business, Brooks Campus Rm#180 for a short 15 minutes or less advising session. If your questions require more time than this, please make an appointment instead. Advisors see walk-in students on a first-come, first-serve basis. During high peak times- the first week of the semester, registration periods, and orientation sessions- wait times can be considerable.
Advisors are available to answer questions over email. Your e-mails to advisors are professional communications, so please include: First name, last name, and student K number. Advisor will return your message within two business days.
Advice from your Advisors:
Great tips to follow before an advising appointment/walk-in to ensure you have a productive meeting with your advisor:
- Note your appointment date.
- Review degree plan.
- Meet with an academic advisor each term.
- Create your own advising folder to keep you organized with advising-related materials [Example: degree plan, schedule plans, notes from advising meetings] and keep it updated.
- Read your Jaguar email regularly, this is how the university will communicate with you
- Review your grades and degree plan on JagWire at the end of each term
- Come prepared with knowledge of classes to take, questions to ask, and topics to discuss
Please understand that your advisor will not make decisions for you during your advising sessions. Your advisor will provide you with the most accurate information available and will work with you to create a realistic plan to aid you in accomplishing your educational and career goals. However, the education choices you make are yours and the responsibility for knowing and fulfilling degree requirements rest with you:
- Be courteous and plan ahead (schedule appointments early and cancel or reschedule as necessary)
- Silence your cell phone prior to advising appointment/walk-in session.
- Take notes during advising meetings and keep written records of your advising sessions.