Good academic advising helps students succeed at CBU. Academic advisors are representatives of the institution with whom new students develop relationships. Advisors are persons who help students begin to form a connection to the academic community. As students advance, advisors help strengthen that connection by encouraging them to identify and pursue their goals and to discover the campus resources that can enable them to achieve these goals. Advisors can also aid students in their efforts to establish connections to the world outside CBU as they approach graduation and make their plans for careers or further study.
The Academic Advising Handbook is intended to help CBU advisors help students “make the connection.” The first section is conceptual. It connects academic advising to our institutional mission and core values. It also presents some of the research that relates advising to teaching. The second section includes information that advisors need to help students make informed decisions. The third section offers ideas for creating positive and productive interactions with students.
The handbook is meant for advisors in all disciplines, veteran advisors as well as novices. New advisors should find a helpful introduction to their work as advisors. Experienced advisors should encounter some new ideas and deepen their understanding of their roles. The handbook should provide a useful reference guide to university policies, procedures, and resources and serve as a supplement to the advisor training program coordinated by the Office of Academic Services.
The Academic Advising Handbook and worksheets are available for download in PDF format below:
If you have any questions about the documents above or CBU's Advising Program, please do not hesitate to contact the office of Academic Services at (901) 321-3235 or email Dr. Kelli Hefner, Dean of Academic Services at Kelli.Hefner@cbu.edu.