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Academic Advising: Advisors
Connecting Academic Experience with Future Life Plans
The primary objective of academic advising is to support students in taking full advantage of the learning environment and resources at Wentworth. Wentworth's academic advisors assist students in becoming self-aware of their interests, talents, values, and priorities. They facilitate the connection between a student's academic experience and future life plans. In essence, the goal of Wentworth's advising system is to equip students with the tools and resources necessary to negotiate higher education.
For New Students (Including New to the Department) and Students Who Are Out of Sequence
- Initiate contact with new advisees via email, phone call, or meeting within the first 2 weeks of the semester to establish and build a relationship.
- Here is a sample introduction email template you can use.
- Meet face to face with advisees to distribute Registration Access Codes (RAC).
- All responsibilities listed below.
For All Advisees
- Assist your advisees regarding
- Critical dates, and pre- and co-requisite courses to help them register for the appropriate courses and avoid future scheduling conflicts.
- Course registration, utilizing Degree Audit/Transcript and providing Registration Access Codes (RACs) needed to register.
- Monitor your advisees’ academic progress
- Get updates from your advisees during your meetings
- Utilize Probation and Midterm Grade Reports.
- Help provide early detection of academic and personal difficulties, including excessive class absences or failing grades, as reported by instructors.
- Intervene as necessary, including filing a CARE Report.
- Meet with advisees on Academic Probation to review Academic Standing (Probation) Checklist.
- Students on Academic Probation are required to meet with their academic advisor three times during the semester. The recommended schedule is for one meeting is in the first two weeks, one during the middle of the semester and one towards the end of the semester. These meetings are student initiated.
- Connect advisees to appropriate resources at WIT.
- Respect student privacy. In given situations, a staff member may need to be informed (academic difficulties) or notified (discrimination, misconduct, self-harm) of an issue of concern.
- Check your list of advisees
- A list of advisees is available on the "My Advisees" page of LConnect or from your department assistant.
- Make students aware of your class schedule so they will know when you can be available for meetings or other consultations.
- Create a folder or other means of documentation (electronic or paper) for each advisee to help keep track of necessary information.