Colleges Advising Mission

The primary mission of college advising is to assist students in identifying and clarifying their academic directions and educational goals, and to help them to develop meaningful and compatible plans and success strategies.
Professional academic advising is integral to the colleges, and the University, and is vital in the transition of new, continuing and non-traditional students, and in the successful completion of their undergraduate degrees. College advisers provide accurate information, as well as interpret and enforce the policies of the Academic Senate. Comprehensive college advising develops a foundation for individual and collective student achievement and institutional excellence.


  • Support the missions of the colleges as expressed in their individual mission statements. Through collaborative relationships with provosts and residential and program staff, assist students in making a successful transition to the university and in building an ongoing educational community.
  • Foster respectful and meaningful adviser-advisee and institutional relationships that focus on informed decision-making and the unique development of each student, recognizing that the individual student has the ultimate responsibility for making their own educational decisions.
  • Guide students through the process of clarifying their long-term goals. Assist students with selecting appropriate general courses, choosing majors, evaluating alternate plans, and with integrating multiple academic programs and experiential opportunities into a comprehensive educational plan.
  • Provide accurate and timely information about the university’s academic programs, procedures and resources. Assist in the interpretation of academic policies and requirements. Assist students in accessing and understanding their education records.
  • Sensitively and effectively assist students who have different life experiences, class and cultural backgrounds, identities, orientations, abilities, and values and make appropriate referrals to specialized campus resources to ensure optimal integration into university culture.
  • Assess students’ needs and develop appropriate enrichment programs to enhance their educational experience, such as orientations, academic success courses, workshops, and co-curricular programs.
  • Regularly monitor and assess students’ academic standing, progress and achievements, as well as help students identify and overcome the factors that impede their academic performance, in order to facilitate retention and timely completion of degree.
  • Abide by the regulations of the Academic Senate and the Committee on Educational Policy that delegate responsibility to the colleges for making decisions on individual student programs, such as appropriate course loads, leaves of absence, readmission and academic disqualification.
  • Analyze available information about student needs and the changing nature of the university, and advocate for appropriate policy and procedural changes.
  • Work cooperatively with campus-wide academic and administrative units with the aim of facilitating student success and reasonable individual accommodation within campus standards.
  • Ensure on-going professional development and training of advisers to maintain advising excellence at the colleges.

Council of Academic Preceptors