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.
- Students can expect adviser/mentors to be available at reasonable times throughout the year, and on a more consistent basis during registration.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Advisers and mentors can expect students to keep appointments, or to notify them of cancellations.
Adviser or Mentor Responsibilities
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.