Advisement roles and responsibilities

Your academic advisor is your guide to success at MVCC. The advisement process allows you to create a relationship with an advisor who can assist you with planning your educational career, learning the skills you need for academic success, and connecting you to a variety of campus resources and services.

Academic advising is a collaborative process between you and your advisor. Your relationship with an advisor is a two-way street by which both you and your advisor have defined responsibilities for ensuring a successful partnership.

You can expect your academic advisor to:

  • Understand and effectively communicate the curriculum, graduation requirements, and college policies and procedures. 
  • Encourage and guide you as you define and develop realistic goals.
  • Encourage and support you as you gain the skills to develop clear and attainable educational plans. 
  • Provide you with information about and strategies for utilizing the available resources and services on campus. 
  • Assist you in understanding the purposes and goals of higher education and its effects on your life and personal plans. 
  • Monitor and accurately document your progress toward meeting your goals. 
  • Be accessible for meetings with you via office hours, telephone, and email. 
  • Assist you in gaining decision making skills and assuming responsibility for your educational plans and achievements. 
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding your educational record.

As an advisee we expect you to:

  • Schedule regular appointments and/or make regular contact with your advisor during each semester. 
  • Come prepared to each advising appointment with questions and material for discussion. 
  • Be an active learner by participating fully in the advising experience. 
  • Ask questions if you do not understand an issue or have a specific concern. 
  • Keep a personal record of your progress toward meeting your goals. 
  • Organize official documents in a way that enables you to easily access them when needed. 
  • Complete all assignments or recommendations from your academic advisor. 
  • Gather all relevant decision-making information. 
  • Clarify personal values and goals and provide your advisor with accurate information regarding your interests and skills. 
  • Become knowledgeable about College programs, policies, and procedures.
  • Accept responsibility for your decisions.