Office of Academic Advising, Malthus Hall
503-883-2250 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Ellen N. Crabtree, Director of Academic Advising, email@example.com
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:
The Office of Academic Advising offers the following services to students and faculty:
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).