Academic advising at Notre Dame focuses on student development, as well as educational and career goal setting. It is student-centered and responsive to student needs; it involves ongoing and regular contact between the student and advisor. Students who are pleased with the advising process tend to persist. Moreover, student involvement with advisors who offer support, encouragement, and expertise adds to student success.
NDMU academic advisors are available to assist you in developing a personalized educational plan, through making informed decision about your major exploration, academic policies, and procedures. Your advisors will help you identify support services that can help you achieve academic success.
Your advisor can be a:
Notre Dame offers a holistic, developmental advising system. Consequently, the scope of advising is wider than the question of which courses will be taken to fulfill graduation requirements.
Academic advising is viewed as an important responsibility of Notre Dame’s faculty. Departments designate faculty members for academic advising who are extremely well-informed and highly motivated. Each advisor plays a significant role in helping the student set educational goals, plan how to meet those goals, and assess progress. The advising process itself is integral to the student’s overall growth and development.
Although advisors play an important guiding role, ultimately, each student is responsible for understanding and meeting the degree requirements for graduation. Frequent advisor contact helps ensure that the student has current academic information and is making optimal progress towards his or her educational and career goals.
In fulfilling its advising responsibilities to students, Notre Dame will provide:
Effective advising will include substantive dialogue between student and advisor on topics including:
Academic advising is an essential component of students’ experience. The quality of the advising they receive will depend on their willingness to engage in the process by meeting regularly with their advisor and being prepared for the meetings.
Students are expected to:
Advisors are expected to be available to students, to invite them to share their goals and plans and to help students reach these goals by making suggestions and observations. The advising folder, maintained by the academic advisor, is one of the two major parts of the documentation used in advising. Keeping a personal academic file is the student’s responsibility.
Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the student to plan, register for and successfully complete the courses required in the decided major and any concentration and/or minor.
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