Whatever direction advising sessions take, advisors have a unique opportunity to play an influential and adaptive role – sometimes subject-matter expert, sometimes counselor, always mentor – in order to help students develop to their full potential.
The Office of Academic Services & Advising (OAS&A) strives to provide academic advisors with continual support and ongoing training to enable the development of meaningful advising relationships in which faculty and students work together toward intellectual and personal excellence. Alerting the Office of Academic Services & Advising to a struggling student’s situation – whether by submitting the Academic Warning Referral Form or calling OAS&A at x1306 – is often a good first step towards ensuring that a student does not slip through the cracks.
Stonehill College is committed to providing all students equal access to learning opportunities, programs, resources, and facilities. The accommodations process for students with documented disabilities requires a partnership between the individual student, the Office of Disability Services (ODS), and the greater Community. ODS is a supportive, proactive environment for students and works with them to determine and coordinate reasonable accommodations in order to create a level playing field for all students.
ALANA (African, Latino, Asian and Native American) and international students are assigned advisors in the Office of Intercultural Affairs who provide an additional level of advising and support. The Office of Intercultural Affairs provides guidance to advisors, faculty, staff and students to best support students who may come from underrepresented backgrounds in higher education. In addition, the Office provides support for first-generation college students to connect with others who share a similar background. The Office also connects incoming students from all backgrounds with student mentors who have completed at least one academic year at Stonehill.
The Office of Career Services is committed to providing comprehensive career development for its students and alumni. Career Services seeks to empower individuals to achieve their academic and/or career goals through self-assessment, career exploration, experiential and employment opportunities, post-graduate degree information, and the acquisition of life-long career management skills. Through collaborative relationships with faculty, employers and alumni, Career Services provides programs and resources that students can utilize to achieve their individual career goals.
The Office of International Programs advises and assists students in their exploration of international opportunities through study abroad and international internship programs. Students receive support and guidance through the various stages of exploration, planning, preparation, pre-departure and re-entry of their international experience. Academic Advisors play an important role in promoting the international experience to students, providing them with abroad options and advising them about the international program requirements.
General Student Support Services
A key role of advising is the ability to connect students to proper resources for academic and personal support. While the type and level of support will naturally vary by student, it is important for the advisor to be aware of the robust network of services available on campus and how a student can access these services.
- Office of Academic Services & Advising
- Office of Disability Services
- Center for Writing & Academic Achievement
- Office of Career Services
- Office of International Programs
- Office of Intercultural Affairs
- Counseling & Testing Center
With such a variety of majors and minors from which to choose (coupled with the ability to double major, or even propose an Interdisciplinary Studies major) advisors should encourage exploratory, or unconfidently-declared students to take a multi-faceted approach to assessing their academic interests and vocational aspirations. Both the Office of Academic Services & Advising and Office of Career Services offer multiple strategies for exploring different majors, one of which is for students to talk with their academic advisor about their department’s program of study and the different post-graduate pursuits common to their discipline. The Office of International Programs assists students from all majors in the exploration of an appropriate international option and encourages students to discuss options with their faculty advisors.
Part of advising is being able to connect a student with the necessary paperwork to activate a process or change. Visit the Forms page to find important advising forms.
Academic Policies and Procedures
It is important that all members of Stonehill’s academic community are aware of and abide by shared and transparent academic policies and procedures.
Official policies and procedures are published annually in the Policy Manual available through myHill. The Academic Policies and Procedures section of the online 2012-2013 Hill Book serves as an unofficial guide on the following topics:
- Enrollment and Registration
- Academic Progress
- Academic Standing
- Graduation Requirements
- Academic Honor Code, Policy and Procedures
- Credits Earned Away From Stonehill