"We can give advice but we can’t give the wisdom to profit by it"
Isothermal expects each employee in his/her commitment to the achievement of a true learning-centered college to:
These expectations are realized in part through the academic advising process.
Advising is a responsibility shared by faculty and students. To be effective this process requires a collaborative relationship between the advisor and the student advisee based on a sharing of responsibilities for making the relationship a productive one. It is not, however, the advisor's responsibility to set goals, choose courses, or make decisions for students. Neither is it solely the advisor's responsibility to see that students fulfill all requirements and completes all necessary paperwork. The advisor's task is to guide the student toward accepting responsibility for mature academic decision-making.
Advisors introduce and assist students with their transitions to the academic world by helping them see value in the learning process, gain perspective on the college experience, become more responsible and accountable, set priorities and evaluate their progress, and uphold honesty with themselves and others about their successes and limitations.
Advisors encourage self-reliance and support students as they strive to make informed and responsible decisions, set realistic goals, and develop lifelong learning and self-management skills.
Rather than the joint process described above, advising sometimes is mistaken for an isolated task performed for students by advisors prior to the registration period. Advising is not something advisors do to or for students, but it is something advisors and students do together over a period of time. Advisors should avoid advising situations that resemble the following:
Advising gives the advisor the opportunity to challenge students to: