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Mentoring and Advising

We in the Advising Office are here to provide you with guidance and information to empower you to make decisions, and plan, develop, and achieve your goals. Earning an education requires planning and choice, and you, the student, are the one who makes the choices. While the Advising Office is available to help you complete your requirements for your degree, remember that the ultimate responsibility for academic choices rests with you. We look forward to working with you to learn your talents, interests, and goals.

When you choose a major in the School of Business and Economics, you will be assigned a Faculty Mentor. Your designated Faculty Mentor will be available to assist you during registration periods but also throughout the year.

The Advising Office, along with your Faculty Mentor, are happy to discuss your goals and academic program with you. We encourage you to use all available academic resources, including advisers and faculty mentors with whom we hope you create lasting relationships.


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Academic Advising - The Relationship between Advisers, Mentors and Students

The primary purpose of the relationship between the mentors and the mentees (students) is to help students discern their particular vocation within business and economics, and to guide them through their academic career and beyond.  Meetings are centered around the student’s major itself; career opportunities within the major; the possibility of switching majors; internships; study abroad and in general getting to know the student as a student. As advisors, the mentors also help students to map out registration requirements.

Advising and mentoring are crucial to the academic process. In order for it to succeed, however, advisers, mentors and students must have a clear understanding of what to expect from each other. The following statement of rights and responsibilities has been formulated to reduce misunderstanding and to create an optimal climate for communication.

Student Expectations

  1. Students can expect adviser/mentors to be available at reason­able times throughout the year, and on a more consis­tent basis during registration.
  2. Students can expect adviser/mentors to be know­ledgeable about: a) the merits or disadvantages of various course selections for preparation in their field, b) academic regulations and administra­tive procedures, and c) professional and career oppor­tunities in the major field.
  3. Students can expect adviser/mentors to seek out relevant information when not knowledgeable about a specific topic, or to refer them to the university office that can provide additional resources and assistance-for example, the Academic Dean, Counseling Center, or Career Services.

Student Responsibilities

  1. Students have a responsibility to know the academic regula­tions and procedures contained in the Undergraduate Announce­ments and other university publications and to select courses of studies conforming to those regulations.
  2. Students have a responsibility to consult with their adviser and/or mentor before or during registration periods at reasonable times (during office hours or during scheduled appointments) and a responsibility to seek assistance on complex matters at other than very busy times.
  3. Students have a responsibility to make preliminary choices of courses prior to consulting with their adviser or mentor during registration and, after consultation, a responsibility to complete the required steps in the registration process.
  4. Once students declare as a business or economics major at CUA, they must take all ACCT, MGT and ECON courses within the School of Business & Economics (not at other institutions).

Adviser or Mentor Expectations

  1. Advisers and mentors can expect students to be knowledgeable about their own academic progress, particularly about the courses that they have taken and are currently taking.
  2. Advisers and mentors can expect advisees to see them during scheduled office hours, and to check in advance to determine interview times or appointments for registration purposes.
  3. Advisers and mentors can expect students to keep appoint­ments, or to notify them of cancellations.

Adviser or Mentor Responsibilities

  1. Advisers and mentors have a responsibility to maintain adequate office hours to handle the number of students they advise, and to be available for individual interviews at mutually convenient times before or during the registration period each semester.
  2. Advisers and mentors have a responsibility to be knowledgeable about university policies and about rules and regulations governing under­graduate education, to stay abreast of changes in academic regulations, procedures and programs, and to incorporate this information into any interview.
  3. Advisers and mentors have a responsibility to assist students in learning about educational support services available at the University that will enhance the learning process (study skill labs, tutoring, etc.) and to assist students, as far as possible, in defining professional and career goals.