YOUR ACADEMIC ADVISOR
You will be assigned an academic advisor during the months of July and August. To find out who your academic advisor is, follow these instructions:
- Log on to your myPlymouth account;
- Click on Services;
- Click on Student;
- Click on My Student Information;
- Check term says appropriate term (UG Fall 2013);
- Scroll down to Primary Advisor where your advisor’s name will appear.
As a student, you have the following responsibilities:
- Share information with your academic advisor regarding your interests, goals, educational and career plans.
- Share any personal information that may have a bearing on your academic career. For example, the numbers of hours you work, your responsibilities to your family, your financial status, if applicable to your attendance, scheduling issues, etc. are all necessary information for you and your advisor to map out a plan that is right for YOU.
- Be familiar with the University Catalog and the Student Handbook. They both contain vital sources of information.
- Make a note of your advisor’s office hours and phone number. If you cannot meet with your advisor during that time, schedule an appointment. If you cannot make the scheduled appointment, call your advisor to reschedule. Your advisor’s time is valuable, just as yours is.
- Keep records of what is required in your program for graduation. Keep copies of any correspondence from the University, and from meetings with your advisor. It is ultimately your responsibility to fulfill your requirements for graduation, so keep track of your progress toward fulfilling degree requirements.
- Be familiar with the University deadlines.
- Be prepared for meetings with your advisor. This is particularly true when meeting with your advisor to plan your courses for the next upcoming semester. Review what courses are outstanding for your program, and go to your meeting with a prepared list of questions and course choices.
- Contact your advisor immediately if you are having any difficulties. Your advisor is a resource to you and to the services available on campus.
Your advisor has the following responsibilities:
- 1. Registration and Program Advising
- To help the student feel welcome and to provide pertinent general information relative to University life;
- To assist the student in completing registration and utilizing the drop/add process;
- To be certain that the student is familiar with procedures and regulations relative to curricula offered, requirements for graduation, required courses and electives, and the content and values of specific courses;
- To make the student aware that he/she is primarily responsible for the development of an appropriate academic program;
- To establish a basis of contact with the student upon which personal, academic, and administrative process may be integrated.
2. Scholastic Achievement
- To coordinate this University and its offerings with the student’s abilities, needs, and interests;
- To assist the student in the evaluation of scholastic strengths and weaknesses, and planning for improvement;
- To analyze with the student personal efficiency in studying with attention to individual energy, health, and related problems.
3. Social Adjustment
- To assist the student in making wise and sufficient selection of suitable activities in line with abilities and interests;
- To encourage the student to give support to worthy and interesting programs for the social good;
- To identify, prevent, or remedy the social maladjustment of the student through observations and conferences;
- To assist the student to develop a sense of personal integrity;
- To use available resources as a means of understanding and helping the individual to meet problems of social relationships in the classroom, in living arrangements, and with friends and family.
Be active in your advising relationship. Watch for an e-mail in August, as you will be meeting with your academic advisor at the beginning of the fall semester, the day prior to classes beginning. Should you have questions, please feel free to contact the Undergraduate Advising Center at 603-535-3065.