Understanding Advising


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Advising is Teaching

The School of Fine Arts Advising and Academic Services Office at UMD, in collaboration with other collegiate advising offices, assesses student learning outcomes related to advising that map directly to the broad learning goals of the university and are supported in research and pedagogy through NACADA (National Academic Advising Association). The following student learning outcomes, with regard to advising services, have been identified and are annually assessed.

UMD Advising Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students craft coherent educational plans based on assessment of abilities, aspirations, interests, and values.

  • Students use information from various credible sources to set goals and make decisions.

  • Students develop skills and assume responsibility for achieving educational goals.

More information about NACADA’s concept of Academic Advising

Understanding the Advisor’s and Advisee’s Roles

Advisor's Role

  • Invite advisees to meet with you each semester

  • Help students clarify their educational values and goals

  • Engage student's in discussion about plans for courses and degree completion

  • Guide students toward internships, UROP, and opportunities for engagement in the campus community (clubs, organizations, volunteering, etc.) and discuss the connection to their educational and life goals

  • Know campus resources that support academic and personal success

  • Follow the FERPA law regarding educational records

  • Help students reflect upon and make meaning of their college experiences

  • Be familiar with the use of UMD advising tools (APAS Reports, Graduation Planner, Adviser Connect)

  • Challenge students to think critically, reflectively, and creatively

  • Help students determine credible sources of information when choosing criteria and making decisions

Advisee's Role

  • Responsible for scheduling, preparing for, and keeping advising appointments

  • Meet with their Academic Advisor at least once a semester

  • Ask questions

  • Bring a printed copy of their APAS report to advisor meetings or bring laptop

  • Know the requirements of the liberal education program

  • Know the requirements of their degree program

  • Prepare a plan for degree completion using Graduation Planner