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Academic advising at the College of Saint Elizabeth is dedicated to student persistence and achievement, and to advancing the positive transformation of all students through life-long learning, personal and social responsibility, ethical empowerment, and the development and engagement of knowledge and skill.

Definition of Advising

Academic advising is a joint responsibility between the advisor and the student. The purpose is to create an atmosphere of openness, caring, and concern where meaningful communication and trust exist. Academic advising provides proactive assistance to all students in identifying course requirements, career interests, and setting career goals. It is rooted in constructive listening, and attempts to hear all aspects of the student's concerns while assisting the student in clarifying values and goals. It also helps students in academic difficulty recognize possible causes of their difficulties and suggest alternative courses of action.

In addition, academic advising encourages students to become involved in campus organizations, refers students to important campus resources, and explains College academic standards, policies, and procedures in sufficient detail to provide students with accurate information while maintaining the strict confidentiality of student records. The primary responsibility is to help the student advisees succeed in College, and to make them aware of all educational opportunities available to them.

Advisement Goals

  • Assisting students in self-understanding and acceptance via values clarification, determination of abilities, aptitudes, interests, and limitations
  • Assisting students in their consideration of life goals by relating interests, skills, abilities and values to careers, the world of work and higher education
  • Assisting students in developing an educational plan consistent with life goals and objectives
  • Assisting students in developing decision making skills
  • Providing accurate and timely information about institutional policies, procedures, resources and programs
  • Assisting students to utilize campus and community services to enhance their education
  • Assisting students in the continued evaluation of progress toward their established goals
  • Providing student information to appropriate people on campus and assisting students to work with others as the need arises

Advisement Outcomes

Through effective academic advising at the College of Saint Elizabeth, students will:

  • Obtain knowledgeable and timely support, advocacy, and guidance to maintain and promote academic success and persistence
  • Create an effective academic plan, particularly with regard to choosing the courses that they need in order to meet basic skills and general education requirements, as well as courses needed for the major(s), minor(s), and/or open-electives based on areas of interest.
  • Explore options for their major field(s) of study, and/or minor(s), as well as career options in their major(s).
  • Develop an action plan within major field(s) of study in a timely fashion
  • Be connected with individuals and groups who can assist in creating a positive college experience, including, but not limited to: The Academic Success Center, computer labs, reference librarians, student support specialists, the Office of Disability Services, the Wellness Center, and Career Services.
  • Be encouraged to get involved in the CSE community.
  • Become creative and critical thinkers, problem-solvers and informed decision-makers as they make choices about their careers, their majors, and their classes.