The Student and Advisor Relationship

For Students: Your Responsibilities 

Welcome to college! Your high school counselor may have mapped out what you needed to do in order to get here... but now, you're in charge. You are now responsible for your own success, but help is available! 

Once a semester you're required to meet with your advisor to select classes for the subsequent semester.

  1. Prepare in advance for academic advising meetings. Check out your current degree plan to determine what requirements you have not yet fulfilled. Make a list of questions you have for your advisor and bring it to your appointment! Be sure to tell your advisor if you have any special needs or require any learning accommodations. 
  2. Work out a class schedule before your advising appointment. Have a few alternates in mind in case your first choice is not available.
  3. Check out the Undergraduate Catalog to familiarize yourself with requirements for your major.  The Undergraduate Catalog also describes HSU policies, procedures, and regulations.
  4. Get to know your advisor. The better you know your advisor, the more comfortable you'll feel to discuss your goals or any academic or personal issues that can (and will!) arise.
  5. You may also meet with your advisor at other times.  You might find it useful to discuss:
  • Career planning/life after graduation
  • Changing a major
  • Adding a minor/certificate/secondary major
  • Academic difficulties (the sooner the better)
  • Personal challenges
  • Getting involved on campus (research opportunities, clubs and organizations, campus employment, etc.)
  • Study tips and time management
  • Goal setting

Advisor Responsibilities

Henderson State University is committed to providing effective advising services to students as an essential component of their educational experience. Semester advising generally is recommended as a condition for enrollment. Students are encouraged to seek academic advising regularly throughout their academic careers. Students are responsible for initiating advising contact and preparing for advising sessions. The advising relationship between the academic advisor and the student is protected by confidentiality.

Departmental and professional advising are available to all students to assist in and provide the following:

  1. Goal setting: Help students set both short-term and long-term educational goals.
  2. Information: Inform students of the graduation requirements of their department, help with strategic course selections so as to minimize the number of semesters required for graduation, and inform students of career opportunities in their field of study.
  3. Transitions: Inform students how to change colleges and/or departments and provide information to explain the process students follow to enroll in their curriculum and to drop or add courses during the semester.
  4. Accessibility: Have reasonable hours and methods of availability for students. Students should be able to set up appointments for an adequate amount of time to make curricular selections and career choices.
  5. Referral to campus resources: Be able to refer students to various campus resources, such as the ones listed below:
  • Academic Advising Center
  • Student Counseling and Student Health Center
  • Career Development
  • Student Support Services
  • Disability Resource Center
  • Financial Aid
  • Tutoring