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FSU Advising Policies and Procedures

Frostburg State University Academic Advising Goals
Source: Academic Advising Handbook

Academic advising at Frostburg State University is designed to assist students in the development of meaningful educational plans that are compatible with their life goals. Students are ultimately responsible for making decisions about their educational plans and life goals and to know and meet the graduation requirements as stated in the catalog they are following. However, faculty/staff academic advisors provide powerful and critical assistance by helping students identify alternatives and assess the consequences of decisions. Academic advising is viewed as a developmental process guided by the following goals:

Advisors should:
 

  • Be available and accessible to students (i.e. by e-mail, during pre-established times, and/or by appointment);
  • Provide accurate information about departmental and institutional policies, procedures, resources, and the General Education Program;
  • Assist students in their consideration of life goals by relating interests, skills, abilities, and values to careers, the world of work, and the nature and purpose of higher education;
  • Assist students in self-understanding and self-acceptance (value clarification, understanding abilities, interests, and limitations;
  • Assist students in developing decision-making skills;
  • Make referrals to other institutional or community support services;
  • Exhibit a personal and caring attitude towards advisees.