An excellent advisor does for the student’s entire curriculum what the excellent teacher does for one course.

advisement sessionAcademic Advising has been identified as one of the primary predictors of college student success and satisfaction. Advising occurs during all four years of college and is a two-way process between a student and a faculty advisor or a professional staff advisor. Advising at OU is grounded in identifying and developing student strengths and talents and guiding students to create a four-year academic plan.

Advising occurs in a series of appointments where students discuss academic and career goals and options with their advisor. Advisors work with students to help them achieve their goals and make good individual choices for coursework and experiential learning through community service, internships or study abroad.

Students can identify and contact their academic advisors by logging in to OASIS and selecting “Email my Advisor” under the Communications section.

For Compass First-Year Advising

The Secrets of Advising

Throughout your college career, your advisor can serve as an invaluable resource, not only to approve you for course registration, but also in helping you map out your academic future.

Secret #1: It is a process.
Remember that there are certain expectations of what you as an advisee should do: schedule a meeting a few times per semester and come prepared with questions. Most advisors appreciate your inquisitiveness and openness in terms of course selection.

Secret #2: Build a relationship.
This important secret is sometimes lost on students. The advisor should be more than a person who signs off on your classes or tells you which courses to take; your advisor can serve as a mentor, counselor, networking connect, and/or sounding board. When meeting with your advisor, remember you are building your academic profile for employment and/or graduate opportunities.

Secret #3: Change is sometimes good.
If you feel that you do not fit or click with your advisor know, it is OK to change advisors. Whether the disconnect is personality, advisor accessibility or even that you have established a rapport with another professor or staff on campus, remember your comfort level and trust is important in a successful advisor/advisee relationship.

Secret #4: Communicate.
Do not go into your advising appointment as a blank slate, expecting your advisor to tell you everything to do. To be successful, you have to have questions, a basic vision, or even just ideas of what majors that you would like to pursue. If you have multiple or conflicting ideas or thoughts…it’s OK! Your advisor will appreciate your interest and be willing to help!

Secret #5: Know your dates.
The dates for advising and enrollment are vitally important, I repeat the dates for advising and enrollment are vitally important! You have to work with your advisor to know the differences and consequences of early enrollment vs. regular enrollment vs. late enrollment, drop/add vs. withdrawal. Knowing the correct (or incorrect) dates does not only affect your grades but could have an impact on your financial aid as well.

Secret #6: Do your homework.
Before your advising appointment: have a idea of what major and minor requirements are, know what your advisor (professor or professional staff) teaches or does on campus and ask other students how your advisor interacts with them as advisees (sometimes it can be good, sometimes it can be bad) but make sure you know for yourself.