Advising at Ferris is primarily the responsibility of classroom faculty. Faculty are supported in this endeavor by academic department heads, dean's office personnel, educational counselors and other support offices throughout the university.
Students in the College of Education and Human Services are provided a faculty advisor specific to their intended career area. The name of your advisor can be found on your electronic file in the Student Web Services program through "MyFSU".
In order for academic advising to be an effective asset for students, both the faculty advisor and the student advisee have important obligations to fulfill.
Student Advisees Role:
- Become knowledgeable about and adhere to institutional policies, procedures, and requirements as explained at the new student orientation and outlined in the student handbook and/or catalog.
- Be knowledgeable about current academic program requirements.
- Contact and make an appointment with the advisor when required or when in need of assistance.
- Clarify their personal values, abilities, interests, and goals and seek resources as needed.
- Prepare for the advising sessions and bring appropriate resources or materials.
- Follow through on actions identified during each advising session.
- Evaluate the advising system, when requested, in order to strengthen the advising process.
- Be proactive in the decision-making process and accept final responsibility for all decisions.
- Request re-assignment to a different advisor if necessary
Faculty Advisor Role:
- Become well acquainted with each advisee's academic and educational needs.
- Actively obtain/maintain current information on each assigned student.
- Provide students with current academic information about procedures, policies and requirements for Ferris degree programs.
- Assist students in developing course schedules and offer advice on student choices of general education courses and electives.
- Provide advisees with information concerning alternatives, limitations, and possible outcomes of academic choices.
- Direct students to available campus resources according to their individual needs and involve others when appropriate.
- Encourage students to review their academic progress regularly searching for possible conflicts or omissions.
- Study, discuss, verify, and sign advisees' early registration form.
- Assist students in an effort to expedite the evaluation of their transfer credits if necessary.