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Center for Excellence in Academic Advising
Frequently Asked Questions
Academic advisers at Penn State have numerous tools, resources, and techniques to help them as they work with their students. This website is organized to give you the context for using all these resources through a series of questions that advisers often ask. All of these questions involve how you would come to know your students and how to help them solve problems and meet the challenges of being successful Penn State students.
1. How do I find out about my advisees?
2. How do I help an advisee to plan a course of study?
3. How do I help an advisee to plan for life after undergraduate school?
4. How do I help an advisee who is in academic difficulty? to the top
5. What skills do I need to do these things well?
6. How do I interpret placement actions?
7. How do I help an advisee petition for exceptions to the rules? to the top
8. What are the legal ramifications of being an adviser?
9. What Advanced Placement (AP) credits does Penn State accept? to the top
10. Where can I learn more about advising and students? to the top
11. Who can talk to my advisee about other majors, programs, or services? to the top
12. What financial aid issues should I know about? What referrals should I make?
Students who receive scholarships, grants, and loans must meet requirements set by the source of the funds. Grade-point averages, credits completed, status as full time or part time, and even specific courses may be required. Always consult a financial aid counselor because each student's requirements will be particular to his or her situation.
The Office of Student Aid provides the following information: to the top
13. How do I document my academic advising in my promotion and tenure dossier?
Faculty advisers should document their academic advising activities as part of their scholarship of teaching and learning. The following example is taken from the guidelines adopted by the College of Arts and Architecture. Faculty should ask their unit heads for their college's guidelines.
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