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Academic Advising Faculty and Advisors

Faculty & Advisor Resources

We are dedicating to supporting the development of faculty advisors' advising practice.  Advisor competencies are outlined below; faculty support is delivered by individual and group trainings, print and online resources, and personalized help in Academic Advising (Melrose 010, x2250,

Advising knowledge competencies

  • Linfield Curriculum requirements.
  • Basic academic policies-number of credits for full-time, GPA for good academic standing, etc.
  • Graduation/degree requirements.
  • When to make referrals.
  • Who department chairs are and/or who are point people in a student’s major of interest.
  • Where to find advising information.
  • What majors/minors are offered at Linfield College.
  • Campus resources available to students.
  • Co-curricular opportunities to enhance a student’s experience.
  • Introductory courses to explore majors.
  • How to/when to utilize WebAdvisor for advising purposes.
  • Relevant student development theory.
  • Their own advising philosophy, aligned with institutional advising mission.

Advising skill competencies

  • Establishes rapport with advisees.
  • Builds respectful, professional relationships so that students feel valued.
  • Actively listens to advisees.
  • Communicates effectively in individual appointments and via email.
  • Facilitates students’ goal-setting, educational planning, and decision-making, rather than making plans and decisions for students.
  • Utilizes their advisees’ program evaluations in advising appointments.
  • Assists students in creating and updating an educational plan.
  • Makes effective referrals.
  • Maintains advising notes for each advisee.
  • Explains to students the value of the Linfield Curriculum and/or the liberal arts.
  • Helps students’ select entry-level courses in academic areas of interest.

 Advising values

  • Academic and professonal exploration through the liberal arts
  • Intentional process of major discernment.
  • Empowering students with the tools and resources to make their own decisions.
  • Advising as a teaching and learning process.


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