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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Student Spotlight: Mae Williams ’14G A Twenty-first-century Preservationist

When Mae Williams ’14G enrolled in the Master of Arts in Historic Preservation program in the fall of 2012, she was drawn to the strength of a program in which, she says, “The professors are not academics locked away amidst a pile of books, but are actually out in the field on a daily basis, […]

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Nora Galvin ’14, Stellar Student-Athlete

As an NCAA Division III school, Plymouth State is home to the true student-athlete: the student who exhibits the same drive, dedication, and commitment to excellence both in and out of the classroom; who studies hard for a rewarding future; and plays for the love of the game. PSU social work major Nora Galvin ’14, […]

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Beyond Granite: The Museum of the White Mountains Takes on STEM

As American students and workers fall behind their counterparts around the world in the science and technology fields, educators and policy makers have stressed the importance of strengthening our attention to STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Exhibition curator Sarah Garlick writes about the connections between earth science, adventure, and the process of learning STEM in […]