Advising Syllabus

At the College of Professional and Liberal Studies, an academic advisor's role is:

  • to help you with the transition into college by monitoring your academic load, course selection and academic performance;
  • to support you in initiating long range educational planning; and,
  • to direct you to opportunities and resources that will enrich your education.

You are strongly encouraged to plan visits with an advisor during the first year for in-depth discussion about long term goals or other concerns. You are also required to meet each semester for an advising session before early registration at which time an advisor will focus on course selection and scheduling for the upcoming semester.

Preparing for Your Advising Session

Come to your session prepared with questions that you would like to discuss.

If you are meeting with an advisor to talk about requirements, do your homework first by reviewing information provided on the PLS Student Cumulative Record Sheet, the PLS Catalog, and class schedules.

If you need to talk with an advisor about academic difficulties, be prepared to identify and discuss obstacles. Have a tentative plan for addressing the identified obstacles and follow up on any recommendations that may be suggested.

If you are meeting with an advisor for course selection, bring a list of possible courses to your session.

If you wish to discuss an unofficial plan of work or change your major, bring a copy of your transcript to the session.

Planning ahead can make your time with an advisor more productive.

Advising Responsibilities

What You Can Expect of Advisors

  • Assist you in discerning your educational goals, including discussion of choice of major.
  • Understand University requirements, and effectively communicate them to you.
  • Recommend class choices on a semester basis.
  • Provide resources, referrals, and strategies for using available resources on campus.
  • Listen carefully to your questions, concerns, and confusion.
  • Assist you in understanding the purposes and goals of higher education.Be accessible to students during posted office hours, by telephone, email or web.
  • Encourage and support you as you gain the skills and knowledge necessary for success.
  • Monitor yiour progress and discuss concerns, including intervention during the current semester when necessary.
  • Provide accurate information regarding requirements, policies and procedures.

What We Expect of Students

  • Discern your educational goals and make an educational plan that includes courses and out-of-class activities.
  • Know your curriculum requirements and track their progress towards graduation.
  • Follow PLS academic policies, procedures (such as drop/add), and deadlines. (Note: University responsibility for making information available and advisor responsibility for answering questions accurately.)
  • Use MySJU, the course catalog, and the Student Handbook effectively as information resources.
  • Use advising sessions effectively, arriving on time, bringing needed materials such as a Student Cumulative Record Sheet, asking specific questions, and expecting your advisor to work within his/her defined roles.
  • Check your SJU e-mail regularly (at least 2 to 3 times per week). This is the only e-mail account that the University will use to contact you.
  • Be courteous and plan ahead (schedule appointments early and cancel or reschedule if necessary).
  • Seek help when needed and use appropriate campus resources.
  • Use MySJU and the PLS online course schedule to search for available courses, register and drop/add.