One of the important functions full-time faculty members perform at Saint Anselm College is in their roles as faculty advisor. Advisors work with our students to provide them with assistance, advice, and guidance in matters pertaining to their academic success and future plans, and refer our students to other members of the college staff when that is appropriate. Because Saint Anselm regards so highly the role of the faculty advisor, it is essential that the student and the advisor meet at least twice in each academic year to discuss academic progress and plans for the next semester.
Among the chief responsibilities of the academic advisor is to provide advisees with accurate information about academic programs, policies, and procedures. As such, faculty advisors will be knowledgeable about institutional requirements-including major and degree requirements and those concerning the core curriculum. So, too, effective advisors will be knowledgeable about specific academic policies, such as the standards of progress (warning, probation, and dismissal), add/drop and course withdrawal policies, and others. Finally, advisors should be aware of the campus resources available to all students.
Because students often need to meet with advisors throughout the semester-including the drop-add period, pre-registration week, and at other times-advisors should keep regular office hours and be available for student appointments.