Advising Syllabus

Advising Syllabus
Advising Syllabus

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will prepare for advising appointments.
  2. Students can interpret academic planning support materials, including degree audits, recommended academic plans, the Penn State Undergraduate Degree Programs Bulletin, departmental check-sheets, and websites.
  3. Students understand the distinction between the elements of the degree.
  4. Students understand policies and procedures.
  5. Students will appropriately self-advocate.
  6. Students understand the relationship between their classroom experiences and academic, career, and personal goals.
  7. Students will make intentional decisions about completion of the general education curriculum that are tailored to their individual academic, career, and personal goals.

Advising Goals

  1. Advisers approach their work with students holistically by acknowledging the diverse backgrounds from which students come.
  2. Advisers disseminate relevant information.
  3. Advisers consider students’ co-curricular interests.
  4. Advisers advocate for students when appropriate but empower them to be self-directed learners, including understanding their responsibilities in the advising process.
  5. Advisers foster creativity and citizenship in addition to critical thinking.
  6. Advisers support students in defining success for themselves and making meaning of their experiences.

How to Prepare for Appointments

  • Review your academic requirements or “what-if” report.
  • Draft a schedule.
  • Prepare a list of questions.
  • Arrive on time.


To make the most of your advising interactions, we expect you to do the following:

  • Meet with your adviser at least once a semester.
  • Read email correspondence from your adviser thoroughly and respond quickly if necessary.
  • Create and regularly update “My Planner” in LionPATH.
  • Learn, understand, and follow policies, procedures, and rules of the University, college, and academic program.
  • Take primary and increasing responsibility for knowing and completing your academic requirements and for your overall educational experience.
  • Be open and willing to consider different suggestions and perspectives.
  • Share your goals for the advising relationship.
  • Life happens—communicate with your adviser when challenges arise that may be affecting your academic performance.

When you connect with your adviser, you can expect them to do the following:

  • Assist you with identifying courses that will allow you to make appropriate academic progress.
  • Explain and communicate degree requirements and academic policies and procedures.
  • Support you in defining your academic, professional, and personal goals and creating an educational plan to help you meet those goals.
  • Discuss appropriate internship, research, education abroad, and co-curricular opportunities.
  • Respect your individual choices and life circumstances and provide relevant information for you to make the best decisions for yourself.
  • Refer you to appropriate campus resources (i.e. Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network, Office of Student Aid, etc.).
  • Support and encourage you throughout your educational journey.
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