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Advisor Competencies and Responsibilities

Advising knowledge competencies

  • Linfield Curriculum requirements.
  • General academic policies.
  • Graduation/degree requirements.
  • When to refer a student to another resource.
  • Who department chairs are and/or who are point people in a student’s major of interest.
  • Where to find advising information.
  • Majors/minors offered at Linfield.
  • Campus resources available to students.
  • Co-curricular opportunities to enhance a student’s experience.
  • Introductory courses to explore majors.
  • How to/when to utilize Self-Service and Etrieve for advising purposes.
  • Relevant student development theory.
  • Their own advising philosophy, aligned with the institutional advising mission.

Advising skill competencies

  • Establish rapport with advisees.
  • Build respectful, professional relationships so that students feel valued.
  • Actively listen to advisees.
  • Communicate effectively with advisees.
  • Facilitate students’ goal-setting, educational planning, and decision-making.
  • Utilize advisees’ Progress Reports for course planning.
  • Assist students in creating and updating an academic plan.
  • Make effective referrals.
  • Maintain advising notes for each advisee.
  • Explain to students the value of the Linfield Curriculum and/or the liberal arts.
  • Help students select intro courses in academic areas of interest.
  • Engage in Linfield Advising related meetings (All Advisors), trainings, and with the advising community.

Advising values

  • Academic and professional exploration through the liberal arts.
  • Intentional process of major discernment.
  • Empowering students to make their own decisions.
  • Advising as a teaching and learning process.

The Advisor's Responsibilities in the Academic Advising Relationship are to:

  • Be accessible to advisees through posted office hours, scheduled appointments, telephone calls, and emails.
  • Assist advisees in developing long-range academic goals and plans and to address immediate problems or issues.
  • Assist advisees in making choices that will lead to the development of a successful academic plan and educational experience.
  • Provide advisees with up-to-date and accurate information about selecting courses and developing an academic plan that satisfies degree requirements.
  • Clarify Linfield policies, requirements, programs, and procedures.
  • Be a responsive listener and refer advisees to a support office or person when appropriate.
  • Discuss with advisees their academic performance and the implications of their performance for their academic and career goals.
  • Discuss career opportunities with advisees and make referrals to Career Development, when appropriate.
  • Empower advisees to explore their interests and make their own decisions regarding academic, career, and life goals.
  • Encourage advisees to change advisors if they no longer have an interest in the advisor’s area and/or a positive relationship is not developing.
  • Understand and comply with the mandates of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 as amended.