General Statement on Advising
To progress satisfactorily through an undergraduate degree program, each student should have ample and accurate academic advisement. Florida State University is committed to a program of effective academic advising for all its students. Florida State University understands academic advising to be a function considerably broader than assistance with course scheduling. Academic advising:
- is a process which helps students interpret the values and benefits of higher education,
- assists students in their choice of educational and career objectives commensurate with interests, values, and abilities,
- helps students develop appropriate strategies to achieve their objectives, and
- examines the possible short- and long-range consequences of student decisions.
Florida State University affirms its responsibility to:
- assist students to evaluate course options and plan timely progress toward achieving their educational goals,
- make available to every student information about academic policies and requirements,
- notify students of changes in policies, curricula, and/or academic standing, in a timely fashion,
- guide students in developing decision-making skills,
- refer students to campus academic and other support services as appropriate, and
- establish and maintain a system of recognition and reward to honor advisers for excellence in advising.
The University’s Role in Academic Advisement
- Each department, school or college will formulate its own plan to meet undergraduate advising needs and problems.
- Each unit will designate a coordinator of undergraduate advising for the unit.
- Each unit will provide for appropriate adviser training.
- Each unit will provide clear academic planning guides for each major that identify critical courses and continuation standards to enable students to make timely progress toward their degrees.
- Each unit will develop academic planning guides for advising transfer students that identify critical courses and continuation standards for timely progress toward their degrees.
- Each unit will ensure that its academic advisers are familiar with support services available for students with special needs.
- The Division of Undergraduate Studies will provide advising for undecided students until they choose a major.
- The University will systematically monitor students’ satisfactory progress toward a degree.
- The University will identify students not making satisfactory progress toward a degree and provide special advising to those students. A student not making adequate progress may be required to change majors.
The Student’s Role in Academic Advisement
Florida State University expects students to assume an ever-increasing responsibility for their own academic progress as they move through the University. To accomplish this goal, each student will:
- assume responsibility for knowing the rules, regulations and policies of the University and the requirements pertinent to his or her degree program.
- furnish and maintain an accurate current address with the Office of the Registrar.
- make timely contact with an adviser upon arrival on campus, and continue to contact an adviser at least once a term until graduation.
- contact an adviser immediately after being placed on academic warning or probation.
- notify the appropriate Dean’s office of any change in intended major or any problems he or she is experiencing with academic advisement.
- recognize that the matriculation catalog governs each student’s graduation requirements. This catalog remains in effect for six years for the Bachelor’s Degree.