The role of a academic advisor and faculty mentor is crucial to the university’s educational mission.
As an educational community, the primary relationship for students should and must be with faculty in their roles as teachers and mentors. Faculty design curriculum and therefore are the best sources for guidance and counsel in academic matters. In this context, mentoring is teaching; an ongoing exchange between faculty and students in which faculty explain how and why courses, programs and other educational experiences are related to the needs and aspirations of students. Effective advising involves probing and exploring with students their understanding of themselves as learners and individuals and helping to foster their involvement within our community. Within the academic advising process, academic advisors educate students on an individual basis about academic programs, policies and strategies for success while also encouraging students to be active, responsible and informed participants in the advising process. Incoming students are assigned a faculty mentor adnan academic advisor based upon their academic and/or career interests. The advising program requires that every student meet with his or her academic advisor on a regular and ongoing basis. The advising center serves as a liasion between the faculty, students and staff.
Academic advising goes well beyond assisting students with their semester schedule of classes. The role of the academic advisor includes, but is not limited to:
- helping the student define his or her academic, intellectual, personal and career goals.
- identifying courses and experiential learning opportunities that will help the student to achieve personal and professional goals.
- being available and accessible to advisees and working with faculty to monitor students’ academic status.
- referring students to appropriate campus resources, including personal counseling when appropriate.
- encouraging awareness of and involvement in cultural and social opportunities on campus for students.
- learning the policies and requirements for graduation and clearly communicating them to advisees so that they will not be deficient in any university, college or departmental requirements.
Undergraduate day freshman and sophomore students must meet with and be registered by a designated academic advisor. Students with 45 or more credits earned can meet with and be registered by their designated advisor or may register online via MyLynn, pending approval by their advisor.
Undergraduate evening/online students are advised by a designated academic advisor. After an initial advising meeting and registration, students may register online for the following terms.
Graduate day students are advised by a designated academic advisor. After an initial meeting and registration, students may register online via MyLynn, pending approval by their advisor.
Graduate evening students are advised by a designated academic advisor. After an initial meeting and registration, students may register online via MyLynn, pending approval by their advisor.