Academic Advising

Academic advising is one of many ways in which a student individually works with an academic advisor. An advisee and advisor work collaboratively to develop and carry out an academic plan that meets the student’s professional and personal goals. The university values the advising relationship as a continuous dialogue and encourages the student’s participation in the university community, the growth of ethical awareness, the fulfillment of program requirements, and the advancement of a career.

Students are responsible for

  • making decisions based on their own best judgment and on the best information or advice available to them;
  • arranging appointments with an advisor;
  • coming to advising meetings prepared;
  • knowing where to find information about their academic program;
  • understanding degree requirements;
  • being candid about personal reflection and self-awareness of goals, interests, needs, etc.; and
  • contacting an advisor when their academic performance falls below Marymount or program-specific standards.

Academic advisors are responsible for

  • taking the initiative to engage advisees in the academic planning process;
  • assessing student needs, goals, and interests;
  • monitoring the academic progress of their advisees;
  • making referrals to support services and offices;
  • advertising and keeping regular, sufficient hours for consulting with advisees;
  • monitoring personal and professional progress; and
  • becoming aware of the whole person.

Each school is responsible for

  • supporting an advising model that matches the institution’s mission and the needs of all students;
  • encouraging the development of advising/mentoring skills by promoting "best practices";
  • communicating assigned advisors to students; and
  • evaluating faculty advisors/mentors to ensure continuous improvement.

The university is responsible for

  • promoting the central role of advising and mentoring in the academic life of the community;
  • assuring that advising policies are clear, that advising procedures facilitate advisor and advisee relationships, and that advising resources are available;
  • providing support and recognition for academic advisors;
  • providing advisors and advisees with user-friendly information systems; and
  • assessing the advising program regularly.