Academic advisors are encouraged to develop ongoing relationships with their advisees that go well beyond course selection to encompass short and long-term goal-setting and planning. Short-term goal-setting and planning might involve helping the student to understand the cornerstone requirements and develop a four-year plan for a given major, where long-term goal-setting and planning might involve discussing options for supplementing one’s major with research experiences and internships in order to plan for a particular career.

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.

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.

Majors & Minors

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.

Advising Forms

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