The primary purpose of academic advising at Lasell College is to support students in developing and achieving meaningful educational and life goals. The relationship between advisor and advisee is dynamic and based on trust and mutual respect. Advising is an educational process that involves both teaching and learning. The advisee works with his/her advisor to acquire the ability to think critically and make good decisions based on sound knowledge. Students/advisees are expected to assume increasing responsibility for their education and educational choices. As the advising relationship develops between advisor and advisee, students should feel a sense of connection, feeling comfortable to seek guidance, but also understanding that it’s ultimately their responsibility to explore options and make decisions. Advisors will provide support and be available to students
Upon arrival, all students at Lasell College are assigned an academic advisor. First-year students’ advisors are either faculty or staff members that not only advise students about academic issues, but also support and guide students in their transition to college life at Lasell. If students are admitted to the College in a particular major, they will be assigned a faculty advisor from that major prior to their second year. If they are enrolled as undeclared they will be assigned a new faculty advisor once they have decided on a major (by second semester sophomore year). All academic advisors work with students in selecting classes, arranging course schedules, and identifying resources to solve problems or meet specific needs. Students meet with their advisors regularly during scheduled advising times and open times throughout the semester. Advisors will refer students to the many support services offered at the College to help ensure academic success. These include the Center for Academic Achievement, Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid, Career Services, Residential Life, and the Health and Counseling Center.
The advantage of attending a small institution is the personalized approach provided. There is a network of faculty and staff ready to work with students both in and out of the classroom so they may meet their full potential.