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Academic Advising at Linfield College

Office of Academic Advising, Malthus Hall 

503-883-2250 / aad@linfield.edu

Ellen N. Crabtree, Director of Academic Advising, enuxoll@linfield.edu

The Office of Academic Advising is responsible for the coordination of the college advising program (primarily delivered by faculty advisors), fostering effective academic advising practices, and advising special populations of students.  The office is committed to serving students and faculty in ways that support the relationship between advisor and student and the overall mission of Linfield College. 

Academic Advising Mission Statement

Grounded in the liberal arts tradition, academic advising at Linfield College is an intentional, collaborative teaching and learning process between advisors and students to facilitate student engagement and responsibility for their educational goals. 

The Office of Academic Advising is responsible for:

  • Coordinating the new student advising program
  • Coordinating the Colloquium course for first-year students and the Connections program for transfer students
  • Providing quality leadership, training and information for faculty advisors
  • Assigning faculty advisors to first-year and transfer students
  • Assisting undecided students in selecting majors
  • Providing information on Linfield’s academic programs and the Linfield Curriculum
  • Interpreting Linfield policies and procedures
  • Coordinating with other student support offices
  • Helping students and faculty utilize academic resources and provide student referrals
  • Advising special populations of students - pre-law, some pre-health professions (excluding pre-med), provisional, and probationary students
  • Maintaining academic student records, including declaration of majors/minors, advisor assignments, and academic alerts

Advising Functions

The Office of Academic Advising offers the following services to students and faculty:

  • Facilitation of declaration of major and change of advisor process
  • Faculty training on advising approaches and Linfield policy/procedure
  • “Pinch hit” advising support for faculty on sabbatical or otherwise unable to advise
  • Support for academically struggling students
  • Advising undeclared students seeking major exploration
  • Facilitation of new student advising and registration
  • Pre-Professional advising
  • Academic planning
  • Time management, study skills, and academic decision-making support

Academic Advising Program

“Academic advising, based in the teaching and learning mission of higher education, is a series of intentional interactions with a curriculum, a pedagogy, and a set of student learning outcomes. Academic advising synthesizes and contextualizes students’ educational experiences within the frameworks of their aspirations, abilities and lives to extend learning beyond campus boundaries and timeframes.” http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Resources/Clearinghouse/View-Articles/Concept-of-Academic-Advising-a598.aspx

Linfield College employs a faculty advising model, which is coordinated and supported by professional advising staff. Students are assigned a faculty advisor when they begin at the college.  Upon declaring a major, students choose an advisor in their major department (in some cases, the department chair refers students to appropriate advisors).  Students are required to meet with that advisor at least once a semester prior to registration. 

Faculty advisors at Linfield College are committed to meeting students’ needs for information and advice and assisting them in making sound educational, career, and life goals.  Academic advising provided at Linfield is mission-driven and solution-oriented, helping to promote intellectual growth, critical thinking, thoughtful dialogue, and lifelong learning.  Faculty advisors strive to mentor students, support them as unique individuals, and use their specialized knowledge for student benefit. 

The academic advising program adheres to the Statement of Core Values of Academic Advisors developed by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). The Statement of Core Values provides a framework to guide advising practice and to remind advisors of their responsibilities to students, colleagues, institutions, society, and themselves. Those charged with advising responsibilities are expected to reflect the values of the advising profession in their daily interactions at their institutions.  To read the complete version of the Statement of Core Values, visit:  http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Resources/Clearinghouse/View-Articles/Core-values-of-academic-advising.aspx

The advising relationship is based on a system of shared responsibility where both student and advisor engage in ongoing learning.  

Advisor Assignments and Declaration of Major

First-year students are automatically assigned a faculty advisor (who is also their Colloquium instructor).  Transfer students are assigned an appropriate faculty advisor based on their intended major (a list of transfer advisors appears on page 5).  Returning students (students who have been readmitted to Linfield College after an absence) will return to their former advisors.  If this is no longer appropriate, a change of advisor will be made by the student in consultation with the Office of Academic Advising.

First-year students may declare their major and change advisors (a student’s advisor must be in the academic department offering the student’s major) any time after the conclusion of the Colloquium class by completing a Declaration or Change of Academic Program form (available at http://www.linfield.edu/advising.html and in Advising Office).  Transfer and continuing students may change majors and advisors at any time. 

Students should be encouraged to change to an advisor in a potential major as soon as one is identified.  Students who are undecided about a major usually remain with their Colloquium advisor until they declare a major and select a new advisor.  By spring semester of their sophomore year (or when a student has completed 45 semester hours), students must declare a major and obtain an advisor in that department.  This declaration must be completed before a student is permitted to register for the following semester.

Whenever a change of advisor is made, the Office of Academic Advising will request the student's paper file (if one exists) from the faculty advisor, add a current transcript, record the change and forward the file to the new advisor.  If student files are e-files Academic Advising will transfer them to the new faculty advisor. Advisors who send paper student files to another advisor are asked to notify the Office of Academic Advising (x2250)