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The academic advising program at Elmira College is designed to assist students in developing and clarifying their educational plans and career goals and to assist them in fulfilling degree requirements. The program also seeks to increase student awareness of the educational opportunities and support programs available through the College.

Roles and Responsibilities

The faculty at Elmira College views the advisor-advisee relationship as a developmental one, whereby students are encouraged to assume greater and greater responsibility for their academic programs. Advisors employ a more prescriptive approach to advising during freshman year. Once a student declares a major, the advisor focuses on assisting the student in developing academic and career plans related to her/his major. Academic advisors also seek to support students' personal growth, as mentioned in the College's mission statement. Every effort is made to place incoming students with an advisor from an academic program related to a student's intended major. While the ultimate responsibility for meeting degree requirements rests with the individual student, academic advisors provide guidance and support to students in fulfilling these prerequisites and for helping to translate their academic plans into course preferences.

Academic advisors are responsible for:

  • Demonstrating familiarity with the College's general degree requirements and the registration process
  • Assisting students in utilizing information on course offerings and degree requirements
  • Helping students to identify and explore potential majors and coursework of interest to them
  • Assisting students in developing plans to improve their academic performance when needed
  • Setting aside enough regularly scheduled time to meet the advising needs of students
  • Referring students to other offices and programs on campus when appropriate

Advisors working with students who have declared an academic major are also responsible for:

  • Encouraging students to explore career opportunities and/or graduate programs related to their academic major
  • Assisting students in developing academic and career plans related to their interests and abilities

Students are responsible for:

  • Scheduling and keeping appointments with the advisor at appropriate times during the term and for being prepared for the advising sessions
  • Following through on appropriate tasks after advising sessions
  • Accepting responsibility for academic choices and other decisions
  • Becoming knowledgeable about academic standards, policies, and procedures
  • Becoming familiar with general education requirements and degree programs
  • Consulting with the advisor when in academic difficulty
  • Developing academic and career plans in line with their interests and abilities

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