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.