Advisor’s Handbook

Statement of Philosophy

Academic advising is an important part of Plymouth State University’s commitment to the process of educating the student. Plymouth State University is committed to providing quality advising service to students in all academic programs. However, attaining this goal requires that both advisors and students understand their perspective roles in the advising process.

Advising assists students to realize the maximum educational benefits available to them by helping them to better understand themselves and to learn to use the resources of the institution to meet their special educational needs.
– David S. Crockett

The foundation of the advising process is the relationship between the advisor and the student. In this process, the advisor helps students to review, select, and reach their educational objectives in a professional, helpful, and mutually respectful atmosphere that allows students to:

  • become well informed about policies and procedures, curricular options, and academic program requirements;
  • clearly define their educational objectives;
  • plan programs which incorporate their interests, abilities, and careers goals; and
  • make full use of the facilities and resources available at PSU.

In Plymouth Magazine

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Hope for Hypertension

Jennifer DuPont ’08 is investigating what triggers high blood pressure as we age Sixty-seven million Americans have it. Nearly a thousand people die from it each day. And in just one year, it can cost the nation more than $40 million. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, takes a tremendous toll on our country, both in […]

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Next Steps

Grant-funded Program Prepares Special Education Teachers » Looking over a classroom of a dozen junior high school students at Plymouth Elementary School, special education intern Jennifer Kay ’99 worries what the future holds for the class of kids with mental and physical challenges. “I have doubts about where some of my students will be in […]

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Giving Back Is Its Own Reward

Servant Leadership: The Key to Business and Success » By most measures, Colin Graham ’01 is a success. But giving back to his alma mater, including the endowment of a university scholarship, provides an opportunity to display the type of leadership that defines him best. Graham counts success as finding whatever feeds one’s heart and […]