121.3 Academic Advising

Created by: Stephanie Ferguson on 10/15/2004
Category: 1 - Academic Affairs; 20 - Responsibility
 
Originator: Faculty Status Committee
Current File: 121.3
Adoption Date: 04/23/2012
Reviewed for Currency: 04/23/2012
 
Replaces File: 121.3
Date of Origin: 03/14/1988
 
Classification: Faculty
 
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121.3 Academic Advising

 

A. Background

While individual students are ultimately responsible for the decisions they make regarding their academic programs, the University recognizes its mission to provide students with personalized academic advising throughout their time at Furman.

 

B. Policy

All full-time faculty members are responsible for participating in the academic advising program.  Part-time faculty who express an interest in the advising program may serve as academic advisors for majors in their department and for students who have yet to declare a major, if approved by the appropriate Department Chair and the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean.  Administrators and professional staff members who express an interest in the program may serve as academic advisors for students who have yet to declare a major if approved by the Assistant Academic Dean for Advising and the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean.  Once a student declares a major, he/she will be assigned to a faculty advisor in the appropriate department(s).

 

C. Guidelines

1. All faculty members are to be familiar with the academic regulations contained in the Furman University Catalog.

2. Faculty members are expected to offer all their advisees the opportunity to meet with them to discuss courses and academic matters during the registration periods for fall and spring semesters.  Additional meetings during the academic year are encouraged, with more frequent meetings expected for first year students.

3. The Assistant Academic Dean for Advising will assign first year students to advisors and will supervise the academic advising program.  Faculty members will normally be assigned a reasonable number of new students to advise each year that will take into consideration their total advising load.

4. Department chairs are responsible for coordinating the advising of majors (see File 111.2, C. 4.).  All full-time faculty will generally be expected to advise majors.  The Chair will attempt to assign majors in an equitable fashion so that the advising load is evenly distributed throughout the department.  The Office of the Assistant Academic Dean for Advising can assist the Chair in determining the total number of advisees that an advisor has been assigned, including students who have not yet declared majors.

5. Probationary faculty in their first year of service are excused from advising responsibilities.

6. Normally, faculty conducting study abroad programs will be assigned no advising responsibilities while they are away from Furman.  Depending upon the term and duration of the program, however, they may be assigned first year students as advisees.

7. Normally, faculty on sabbatical leave or other approved leave will not be expected to perform advising responsibilities while on leave and will not be assigned first year students as advisees that year.

8. In rare cases, other faculty members having unusually heavy responsibilities may be excused from advising by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean.

9. The Assistant Academic Dean for Advising will conduct annual New Advisor Orientation sessions.  Review sessions for current advisors will be held as deemed appropriate based on changes in the curriculum or registration procedures. Professional development sessions will be offered annually for all academic advisors with participation being desirable but optional.

10. Academic advisors should be prepared to make referrals to appropriate campus professionals if their advisees disclose personal problems that require further attention.

11. Department chairs, the Faculty Status Committee, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean will take advising into account (see Files 101.1 and 157.3) when considering faculty members for promotion and/or tenure, and annual salary increases.  Faculty members may request documentation of especially effective advising from the Office of the Assistant Academic Dean for Advising for their tenure and promotion files and annual evaluations.

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