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griffin Center for Excellence in Academic Advising

The Role of the Adviser

On Advising

“Effective academic advising requires a partnership between the advisee and adviser. An effective adviser helps advisees plan their academic programs, select appropriate extracurricular activities, and identify internships and/or summer work experiences to confirm and prepare them for their chosen careers. Development of alternative goals more suitable to the student's interests and abilities may be necessary. The effective adviser helps advisees achieve their personal and professional goals and potential.”

Erskine H. Cash
Professor Emeritus of Animal Science, Department of Dairy and Animal Science
The College of Agricultural Sciences
The Pennsylvania State University


Erskine Cash received the University's 1999 Excellence in Advising Award. He has also received the College of Agricultural Sciences Outstanding Educator Award (1995 and 1997); the College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Association Excellence in Advising Award (1991); the Gamma Sigma Delta Teaching Award (1984); and the AMOCO Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award, now the Atherton Award, (1979).


My Role as an Adviser

Faculty members at Penn State advise students as an important component of their scholarship in teaching and learning. The primary purpose of academic advising is to provide effective guidance so that students can maximize the educational opportunities available at Penn State and make critical decisions regarding education, career, and life goals.

Successful academic advising depends on the ability of the adviser and advisee to recognize the nature of the academic advising process, address specific components of academic advising, and together be responsible in the advising process.



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