A faculty advisor should:

  • Recognize that advising is a continuous process with an accumulation of personal contacts.
  • Get to know advisees and listen to student interests and concerns.
  • Be proactive and initiate contact, especially with first and second year students. Checking in periodically with first-year advisees is very important.
  • Be informed about college requirements and curricula including the major, Common Curriculum, and International Programs. Advisors of undeclared majors should also have a good knowledge of the curricula of other departments.
  • Be able to explain Union College policies, regulations and procedures.
  • Be able, if an advisee enquires, to provide initial assistance with regard to graduate study, career questions, tutoring resources, and then be able to make an appropriate referral (study skills, psychological, housing, etc.)
  • Set aside designated times for advising appointments during the pre-registration. One cannot assume that regular posted office hours will be sufficient.
  • Help students look beyond the current term and think about their greater college experience; this includes helping the students with long-range planning in terms of course selection.
  • Maintain confidentiality and have an understanding of the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA.)
  • Assist students in taking responsibility for tracking their own progress in general education, program, and graduation requirements.
  • Use WebAdvising to keep track of advisees’ progress, review students’ schedules and grades at the very beginning of each term, and alert them to problems and issues.
  • Assist students who are unable to register for three courses in completing their schedule.
  • Meet with senior majors early in the Fall to plan the rest of their year.
  • Make arrangements with their department chair to have advisees taken care of whenever on leave from the College.