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Office of Academic Advising

Faculty Advising Guide

The purpose of this Faculty Advising Guide is to provide necessary information about policies, procedures, programs, and best practices in academic advising. 



The Importance of Academic Advising



The Role of the Office of Academic Advising (OAA)

What is the role of the OAA advisor and how do they partner with faculty advisors?

The OAA's general advisors are primarily responsible for advising undeclared students, while faculty advisors are responsible for advising declared students in their respective major.

In the current model, when a student declares a major they are assigned a faculty advisor to provide them with advisement in the major. The student remains connected, however, with their OAA advisor as a general advisee. In this dual role, OAA advisors maintain a caseload of undeclared and declared student advisees.

In their role as a general advisor, the OAA advisors will always refer students to their major advisor for registration clearance and for educational planning in their major. 

Faculty advisors may find it helpful to know that the OAA advisors complement the faculty advisor’s role by providing their caseload students (declared and undeclared) with the following forms of guidance and assistance:

Degree Requirements/Policies

General advisors assist students in understanding their degree requirements and answer questions pertaining to their progress report. General advisors can also provide information regarding academic policies (i.e. add/drop, course withdrawal, etc.) and submit requests for General Education (GE) equivalencies.

Educational Planning

Students may visit their general advisor to discuss adding a minor, changing their major, review study abroad plans, or to review their General Education (GE) requirements.

Student Support & Performance-based Interventions

The OAA’s general advisors use Starfish as a student management system to monitor their caseload students’ academic progress and by providing timely student support in response to flags raised by their instructors in Starfish.

General advisors work with students to create an individualized success plan to support their needs within the context of holistic educational planning throughout the semester.

Campus-wide Resource Referrals

General advisors are equipped and positioned to refer students to the appropriate campus resources to support their individual needs, including the student’s faculty advisor, Center for Student Success, Career Resource Center, Psychological Counseling Center, among others.

Liaison Model (I’m a faculty member with advisees. Who can I contact when I have an advising question?)

OAA advisors serve as liaisons between the Office of Academic Advising and undergraduate programs across the College. The liaison’s role is to support faculty in their role as academic advisors. Faculty advisors who are in need of support are encouraged to communicate directly with their designated liaison.

  • School of Fine & Performing ArtsTara Salvatore
  • School of Science & EngineeringRob Moysey
  • College of Liberal Arts & SciencesLucien Mott (Anthropology, Communication Disorders, Economics, Geography, International Relations, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology)
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Helen Brocker (Asian Studies, Black Studies, Communication, Digitial Media & Journalism, English, History, Languages, Literatures and Culture, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Philosophy, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)


The School of Business and School of Education each have embedded professional advising to serve the needs of their advising ecosystems.

Students admitted through the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) are advised by faculty advisors in partnership with the student’s program advisor.



The Role of the Center for Student Success (CSS)

CSS staff promote student learning, academic engagement, and timely degree completion through the coordination of peer-based academic support programs and the management of the College’s Student Success System, Starfish Early Alert. 



Starfish Early Alert



Policy and Curriculum Information



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