Advisor Tips

Advisors play a fundamental role in helping students to shape their education goals. An overview of advisor responsibilities and resources is listed below, or download and print the Syllabus for Advisors to keep on hand. 

Log into myHill and use the section called "Student Information for Advisors" under the "Faculty Services" tab in to view and contact your assigned advisees, check their grades, see their schedules and monitor their degree progress through myAudit.

About MyAudit

One of the most useful planning tools under the "Faculty Services" tab is the myAudit function. Running myAudit will display the student's degree progress along the Cornerstone and his or her specific major requirements, and will show which classes are yet to be taken in order to complete a student's chosen degree of study. Also within myAudit, is the "What If" function, which allows advisors and students to explore different scenarios to consider adding or changing a major or minor.

Planning Worksheets

Advisor Responsibilities & Resources

  • Be knowledgeable about the Cornerstone Program and General Education requirements for all students. 
  • Be knowledgeable about the major requirements within your discipline. 
  • Know how to utilize myAudit and its various tools, such as the “What if” scenario for students interested in switching majors, doing a double major, or a adding minor.
    • Log into myHill and go to the “faculty services” tab
  • Maintain a working knowledge of the College's policy and procedures, and know where to access them. 
  • Keep advisees informed of upcoming important advising dates. 
  • Assist advisees with scheduling courses on a short-term and long-term basis. 
  • Do not hesitate to ask others if you do not know the answer to something. You can always get back to the student(s) after finding the answer
  • Build rapport with your advisees by initiating conversation with open-ended questions.
  • Help advisees identify their values and goals. 
  • Help the student assess if their skills and interests meet the rigor of his or her intended major - this will help you anticipate and discuss challenges. 
  • Act as a mentor for the student to help him or her become more independent and self-directed. 
  • Maintain regularly-scheduled office hours, and make sure to communicate these hours to your advisees.