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griffin Center for Excellence in Academic Advising

Responsibilities of the Adviser and the Advisee

An academic adviser is, above all, an educator; I try to teach the strategies that will help a student reach his or her academic goals.”

—Linda M. Morrow
Academic adviser and instructor in nutrition, retired
College of Health and Human Development
Pennsylvania State University

Linda M. Morrow received the University's 1997 Excellence in Advising Award. She also received the Faculty Associates Award from Penn State's Office of Student Affairs (1997) and the Adviser Award of Excellence from Kappa Omicron Nu (1995).


Responsibilities of the Adviser

  1. Help the advisee to understand the academic and administrative processes of the University and the nature of its academic programs. The adviser also seeks to understand each advisee's particular concerns affecting academic progress. The adviser neither grants nor denies administrative approval for particular academic actions.
  2. Help the advisee to understand the expected standards of achievement and likelihood of success in certain areas of study.
  3. Discuss the educational and career objectives suited to the advisee's demonstrated abilities and expressed interests. The adviser helps the advisee to understand the relationships among the courses, programs, undergraduate research opportunities, internships, study abroad programs, and other academic experiences provided by the University.
  4. Help the advisee to plan a course of study and give advice about courses and the adjustment of course loads. The adviser will inform the advisee about the prerequisites for subsequent courses in the advisee's program.
  5. Refer advisees to other resources when appropriate.
  6. Participate in the adviser training sessions provided by each college or department to keep informed and current.

Responsibilities of the Advisee

  1. Acquire the information needed to assume final responsibility for course scheduling, program planning, and the successful completion of all graduation requirements.
  2. Seek the academic and career information needed to meet educational goals.
  3. Become knowledgeable about the relevant policies, procedures, and rules of the University, college, and academic program.
  4. Be prepared with accurate information and relevant materials when contacting the adviser.
  5. Consult with the adviser at least once a semester to decide on courses, review the accuracy of the audit, check progress towards graduation, and discuss the suitability of other educational opportunities provided by the University.


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