Advising is a dynamic relationship designed to empower students to discern and create meaning out of their educational experiences. Advisors are mentors who challenge students to critically think about their place in the world. They foster the development of the whole person, helping students explore various connections among classroom learning, experiential learning, and co-curricular experiences.
At Loyola, advising is teaching.
Academic advisors fulfill the essential goals of Loyola’s advising system by:
- Helping students achieve the maximum benefit from the core curriculum, which is fundamental to a Jesuit liberal arts education regardless of the student’s major.
- Assisting students with the transition from high school to college and monitoring their academic progress at Loyola
- Guiding students to assess their potential and helping them to discern their interests in terms of courses, majors/minors, and future careers.
The faculty advisor has three areas of responsibility when working with advisees: academic advising, career exploration, and mentoring.
- Understand the Loyola Curriculum
The curriculum at Loyola University Maryland requires the satisfactory completion of at least forty courses (three- or four-credit) and at least 120 credits for an undergraduate degree. The overall curriculum is divided into three principle parts: the core, the major, and free and non-departmental electives.
- Know Your Advisees Academically
Each student has different academic and personal needs. Encourage all advisees to develop a four-year plan and assist in planning their program of study for the next term. Meet with your advisee at least twice each semester to evaluate their academic progress. Recognize student effort and achievement and point out areas needing improvement.
- Use Advising Tools Effectively
WebAdvisor is the electronic database tool that is utilized by faculty, students, administrators, and staff at Loyola to view real time information. Perceptive Content (WebNow/Image Now) allows you to view documents for your assigned advisees quickly from your web browser. More information on these tools, as well as academic worksheets, degree audit information, and other helpful resources may be found on the Advising Technology page.
- Prepare Advisees for Registration
Encourage advisees to contact you to make an appointment before registration. You may need to arrange for additional office hours prior to and during each registration day. Discuss course selection and several alternative selections with each student. Students are not permitted to register unless they have obtained their faculty advisor’s written or electronic permission.
- Approve Choices Knowledgeably
Your official approval for registration means that you think that the choices the advisee is making are appropriate for the advisee’s course of study. Advisors have the right to refuse approval for an advisee’s choice if they do not think a student’s request is appropriate.
- To advise students in career planning and exploration, encourage each advisee to discuss career and vocational plans, including practical experience and/or graduate study possibilities, with you. Assist advisees with understanding the connections between a major and/or minor, internships/research experiences and future careers. Encourage your students to visit the Career Center early and often to become familiar with its services. Recommend that your advisees speak with other faculty members or mentors in their areas of interest for a broader perspective of life after Loyola.
To fulfill your role through personal mentoring, we encourage you to become acquainted with your advisees outside the formality of the office or classroom. Serve as an active listener for your advisees. Impart your knowledge gained from experience and recommend possible pathways, while making a conscious effort to empower your advisees to find their academic voice and take ownership of their decisions. We also encourage you to become acquainted with on-campus resources and to refer students to these offices if necessary.