Declared Majors: If a student in the College of Arts and Sciences has a major declared, he or she is assigned to a faculty advisor from their academic department. If a student is a double major, he or she will have one advisor assigned from each academic department.
Undeclared Majors: If a student in the College of Arts and Sciences is an "undeclared" or "open" major, the student is a assigned his or her Seminar for Freshmen instructor serves as the faculty advisor for freshman year. The student is also assigned a secondary advisor from UAAC.
Declared Majors: If a student in the Sawyer Business School and has a major declared, he or she is assigned to a faculty advisor from their academic department. If a student is a double major, he or she will have one advisor assigned from each academic department.
Undeclared Majors: If a student in the Sawyer Business School is an "undeclared" or "open" major, the student is a assigned to a UAAC advisor or to an SBS faculty undeclared advisor. Once the student declares a major, he or she will be assigned to a faculty advisor in their academic department.
Students may also be assigned a secondary advisor if they are participants in one of the Honors programs on campus, the SU Advantage program, a second major, or in some cases for a minor advisor.
The UAAC recommends that faculty communicate to their advisees regularly to introduce themselves as well as outline any specifics the students should prepare for a meeting.
Additionally, each faculty member has their own unique ways of adding value to the advising experience through their own background, research or career path. Reaching out to your advisees via email is one way to begin sharing the unique value of getting to know you as an advisor.
Contact your department support staff member. They have access to a master excel spreadsheet that can be sorted for the most up-to-date list of your advisees.
Many departments also choose to send out emails to all advisees for their faculty using a department mailbox that helps to streamline communications and messages sent out to majors. If this method is used the UAAC suggests that rather than using the email of a single support staff or faculty member that a departmental email be created by working with ITS. An email such as “firstname.lastname@example.org” or “email@example.com” with a carefully chosen subject line will get your student/majors attention.
The UAAC ascribes to a developmental advising model, wherein conversations with students are in depth as a means to help students discover and fine tune their academic interests and goals.
We define advising as a process that occurs throughout the academic year, not just during designated course selection and registration periods.
Course selection is more prescriptive and the conversation is focused on the short-term goal of getting the student cleared to register for his or her courses.