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DEFINITION OF ACADEMIC ADVISING AT SHEPHERD UNIVERSITY

Academic Advising is a developmental process which assists students in the clarification of their educational and professional goals and in the development of plans for the realization of those goals. It is an ongoing and multifaceted process intended to improve student learning and to encourage studentsı intellectual growth, their personal fulfillment, and their academic and professional excellence. It is a process by which students are assisted in realizing their maximum educational potential through communication and information exchanges with an advisor.

An academic advisor is initially assigned on the basis of academic interest expressed by the student. It is the responsibility of both the student and his/her academic advisor to participate in the advising process equally. The academic advisor serves as a resource for course/career planning and academic progress review and as an agent of referral to other campus services as necessary. The academic advisor is not authorized to change established policy of the University. Any advice which is at variance with established policy must be confirmed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. After consultation with an academic advisor, it is ultimately the studentıs responsibility to choose and implement his/her academic program and to see that all specific requirements for that program and all general requirements for graduation from the College have been met in an acceptable and timely manner.

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