A-Z Index

Academic Advising: A Definition

Advising is a teaching process that takes place outside the Northwest classroom. The process addresses the student's entire undergraduate experience and educates them about higher education. Advising is concerned with the development of the student through curricular and co-curricular experiences. Career and postgraduate planning are included in the process of academic advisement.

Quality advisement must be based on the shared responsibility of the student and their academic advisor. Advisors also serve as mentors, role models and career guides through their unique position as a coordinator of the student's undergraduate experience. Through their multifaceted responsibilities, good advisors help students to realize the maximum benefits available to them and how to best obtain a quality and well-rounded educational experience.

Components of a Successful Advising Program at Northwest

  • Proper advising is an entitlement of all students throughout their academic career at Northwest.
  • A critical ingredient of student recruitment, retention, and ultimately, student success.
  • A developmental and at times proactive process that meets the changing needs of students through the various stages of the educational experience.
  • The understanding that students have the responsibility to engage interactively in the advising process. The ultimate responsibility for making decisions about goals and educational plans rests with the student. The advisor aids by helping to identify and assess alternatives and consequences of decisions.