Key Principles of Academic Advising
There are Four Central Principles in the College’s advising philosphy: connection, whole-life planning, transition, and personal responsibility/empowerment.
- The advisor/advisee relationship should facilitate the student’s experience of connectedness to the Lasell community, especially the Lasell faculty, while also making the student fully aware of the range of resources and support at the college.
- The advising process should enable the student to make academic choices within the context of forward-thinking planning, where current or potential interests, possible career choices, and personal fulfillment are carefully considered.
- The academic advising process should view college life as a series of transitions, where students move, with guidance, from one point to another in their lives.
- The advising relationship should focus upon and foster the development of personal initiative and decision-making; the advisor serves as a facilitator and a guide, helping the student to make choices rather than making choices for the student.
Academic advising is a collaborative relationship between advisor and student. The advisor serves as an academic counselor; the focus is on courses and academic programs viewed within the broad context of who the student is and can become.