Academic Advisement in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is a collaborative process between the advisor and student with the student responsible for your educational experience and reaching your goals. Advisors are your resource to help you succeed. Our hope is that we can help you set those goals and encourage you to pursue and reach them.

Objectives of Advisement

  • Understand and adhere to the College's academic policies, procedures, and deadlines.
  • Navigate through the Edward Waters College Web site.
  • Interpret your degree evaluation.
  • Establish positive student-advisor relationship.
  • Acknowledge your own personal strengths and weaknesses.
  • Take responsibility for your actions and be engaged in your educational experience.
  • Be knowledgeable of your academic major requirements and career goals.

Advisor Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate professionalism and empathy towards their advisees.
  • Assist students in understanding the purposes and goals of higher education and its effects on their lives and personal goals.
  • Encourage individualistic goals and decision making.
  • Initiate motivation and ambition for development and self-improvement.
  • Be knowledgeable of policies, procedures, student services, and reference information.
  • Recommend social and academic extra-curricular organizations in addition to applicable campus resources.
  • Maintain confidentiality and uphold FERPA regulations.
  • Assist you in working closely with your professors.

Advisee Responsibilities

  • Prepare to visit your advisor by scheduling appointments and/or coming to walk-in advising early in the semester.
  • Arrive early to your appointment and be prepared with all required materials.
  • Be knowledgeable of your academic progress and status including grades, GPA, academic history, academic schedule, and standing.
  • Clarify personal values and goals, and provide the advisor with accurate information regarding your interests and abilities.
  • Learn and comprehend campus policies, procedures, and requirements for graduation.
  • Check your Edward Waters College e-mail daily and reply, respond, or take action as required.
  • Conduct yourself in a manner that is professional and respectful to others.
  • Expect to be responsible for your own actions and decisions.

Note: Newly admitted students to Edward Waters College or into their academic major must meet with their academic advisor within the first semester.