Advising Overview


The faculty and staff in the School of Education advise teacher candidates and see it as an important aspect of their professional responsibility. Academic advising is a collaborative relationship with the goal to develop meaningful educational goals for candidates. Advisors promote each candidate's success at St. John Fisher College. The primary purpose of academic advising is to provide effective guidance so that candidates can maximize the educational opportunities available at St. John Fisher College and make critical decisions regarding education, career, and life goals. A key to the success of the academic advising relationship is the understanding that the advisees carry responsibilities in the advising process.

Components of Academic Advising

  • Conveying the purposes of the College and School
  • Information giving
  • Short-range program planning
  • Long-range planning
  • Candidate Academic Referral Process
  • Facilitating Candidate Development

Responsibilities of the Advisor

  • Help the advisee to understand and navigate the academic and administrative processes of the college
  • Understand each advisee's particular concerns affecting academic progress
  • Be knowledgeable about the program(s) and standards of which he/she advises
  • Inform the advisee of degree requirements
  • Answer questions about the E-portfolio
  • Communicate and emphasize the advisee's responsibility for satisfying degree requirements
  • Empower advisees to advocate appropriately for themselves in all arenas
  • Be familiar with published academic rules and regulations – including New York State certification requirements
  • Help the advisee plan a course of study and give advice about courses and the adjustment of course loads.
  • Inform the advisee about the prerequisites for subsequent courses in the advisee's program
  • Establish, post, and maintain adequate office hours throughout the semester, with particular emphasis given to orientation, registration, and drop/add periods.
  • Inform the advisee of advisor's and advisee's responsibilities in the process
  • Maintain an up-to-date academic advising reference file including records of the advisee's progress (long range plan, advising sheets, transcripts, grades, current schedule)
  • Discuss with the advisee academic performance and it implications
  • Refer the advisee to appropriate sources of information and services
  • Participate in the adviser training sessions provided by the college or School of Education to keep informed and current

Responsibilities of the Advisee

  • Acquire the information needed to assume final responsibility for course scheduling, program planning, and the successful completion of all graduation requirements
  • Obtain a list of the requirements and standards for the chosen major(s)/minor from the advisor and use it
  • Meet with advisor at least once per semester well in advance of next semester's course registration period to plan a suitable schedule of classes for that semester
  • Self-monitor progress toward fulfilling degree requirements
  • Seek help before a situation becomes a crisis
  • Know the advisor's office hours
  • Inform the advisor of changes in plans which directly affect academic performance and educational goals
  • Be familiar with the relevant policies, procedures, and rules of the college, SOE, and academic program
  • Follow up on referrals made by the advisor
  • Consult with the advisor at least once a semester to decide on courses, review the accuracy of the audit, check progress towards graduation, and other general issues
  • Prepare for academic appointments
  • Activate and use your SJFC email account

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