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THE MISSION AND GOALS OF THE ACADEMIC ADVISING PROGRAM AT SHEPHERD UNIVERSITY

MISSION

Because we believe Academic Advising to be a developmental process, the mission of the Shepherd University Academic Advising Program is to assist students in the clarification of their educational and professional goals and in the development of educational plans that are compatible with those goals. Academic Advisors will work closely with their students and advisees to improve student learning and to encourage their intellectual growth, their personal fulfillment, and their academic and professional excellence. The Academic Advisement Program is led by the Director of Advisement and by the Committee on Academic Advisement. The Committee published The Shepherd University Faculty Advisoršs Handbook, which is intended to serve as the major resource tool for Academic Advisors, and provides annual developmental training workshops for both new and existing faculty and staff who serve as Academic Advisors for our students.

GOALS

To achieve its mission, the Academic Advising Program is designed to accomplish the following goals:

  • Articulate institutional requirements and policies
  • Assist students in their selection of appropriate courses
  • Assist students in developing an academic program consistent with the student's academic interests, aptitudes, and professional goals
  • Assist students in monitoring progress toward their established educational and professional goals
  • Assist students in identifying problems and/or needs that students might have
  • And, when appropriate, refer students to other appropriate institutional support services to help students solve those problems or satisfy those needs.

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