Academic advising is most effective and meaningful when the advisee plays an active role, which includes respecting the many demands on a faculty advisor’s time. Whenever possible, the advisee should schedule advising meetings in advance and arrive on time and adequately prepared. When meeting with an advisor to discuss courses for the next semester, the advisee should bring a well thought-out list of those classes he or she is most interested in taking. Ultimately, each and every Lewis & Clark student is responsible for determining and shaping his or her own education; the faculty advisor is there chiefly to assist the advisee in planning and successfully pursuing that program. This close academic-planning partnership is at the heart of advising at Lewis & Clark College.
- Knowing and understanding Lewis & Clark’s academic programs and policies
- Understanding the registration process
- Meeting personally with advisees during the advising period for registration authorization
- Being accessible through scheduled appointments, office hours, telephone calls, and emails
- Helping to guide the advisee’s academic and intellectual journey
- Knowing the variety of academic support services available to students
- Understanding the mandates of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as Amended (FERPA)
- Assuming ultimate responsibility for his/her education and academic program
- Establishing an active, academic relationship with his/her advisor
- Scheduling advising meetings
- Knowing and understanding the College’s academic programs and policies
- Choosing a major advisor within the major’s department or program
Changing Academic Advisors
To change advisors, students need to print out the Change of Advisor Form, ask the advisor to sign it, and drop it off at the College Advising Center in Albany. Students do not need to declare a major to change advisors. If you do not know whom to ask to be your new advisor, discuss the matter with your pre-major advisor or make an appointment with the Director of Academic Advising.