Western Kentucky University

Advisor and Advisee Responsibilities

Advisor/Advisee Responsibilities

Advisors assist students in course selection and help them navigate through their college years. Prior to registration, an advising hold is placed on student accounts, unless the student has earned 90 hours AND has filed an Application for Graduation with the Office of the Registrar. It is necessary for students to see their assigned advisor to have the advising hold lifted.

All degree-seeking students at WKU are assigned an academic advisor (Go to TopNet under student services, then registration, view student information and see your advisor's name). If you don't have an advisor listed, email academic.advising@wku.edu or call (270) 745-5065. Once you know your advisor's name go to the campus directory and find the email, phone number, and office of your advisor.

WHAT YOUR ADVISOR WILL EXPECT FROM YOU:

1. Initiate contact with your advisor during his/her office hours, by telephone, or e-mail.

2. Arrive at appointments on time (with your cell phone turned off) and cancel appointments if you can't come.

3. Talk to your advisor if you are concerned about any aspect of your university experience.

4. Discuss important decisions or questions about your education (e.g., choice of major, change of major, change of college) well before the registration period.

5. Come prepared for appointments. Review your degree requirements. Bring a list of courses, course sections, alternative course choices, and the meeting times of these courses. Make sure any holds are lifted (e.g., parking tickets paid, library fines paid before your date to register).

6. Ask questions regarding internships and career plans to Career Services. Ask questions about study abroad programs through Study Abroad and Global Learning.

7. Follow through on referrals made by your advisor (e.g., a visit to the Career Services Center) and discuss suggestions made by your advisor.

8. After talking to your advisor register for the classes you discussed.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM YOUR ADVISOR:

1. Availability during office hours and the opportunity for individual appointments.

2. Assistance in helping you to find academic information, including information on majors, minors, general education requirements, and other academic policies, procedures, and deadlines.

3. Referrals to appropriate people and offices if your advisor cannot provide the necessary assistance.

4. A meeting to discuss grades and recommendations for academic improvement, if appropriate.

5. A meeting each semester before the registration period to help with course selection and academic planning to approve your academic schedule for the next term.Assistance in specific and correct course choices that are needed to prepare students for the particular major.

6. Assistance in understanding the purposes of academic requirements and their relationship to a major and career plan.

7. Assistance in helping you to learn how to make academic decisions, how to discover the range of options available to you, and how to think through the consequences of choices.

Please take the time to research the academic program of your choice. Refer to the WKU Undergraduate Catalog for this information and use TopNet or iCAP(beginning freshmen and transfers who entered WKU in fall 2005 and after may use iCAP) to monitor your progress toward the completion of your degree requirements.

After seeking help from your own advisor, students are welcome to visit Academic Advising & Retention Center, Student Success Center, DSU A330, (270) 745-5065 or email: academic.advising@wku.edu with any unanswered advising questions.

 Last Modified 7/22/13