Advising Philosophy & Mission

Academic advising is an important part of Plymouth State University’s commitment to the process of educating the student.

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.” 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 Plymouth State.

Plymouth State University is committed to providing quality advising services to students in all academic programs. However, attaining this goal requires that both advisors and students understand their respective roles in the advising process.

Plymouth State University believes in the developmental approach to academic advising. This means that our faculty and staff go beyond outlining courses you need to take and registration. We adhere to a person-centered approach that integrates these activities, while also clarifying values, providing information about educational options and monitoring your educational progress.

The main goal is to establish a personal and caring relationship between you and your advisor, providing the personal touch that you need in order to adjust and succeed. Academic advising is the best source for accomplishing the task of focusing on services that enable you to clarify your educational and career goals and relate those goals to academic offerings. Your advisor is key to this process.

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