Academic Advising

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.

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.

Upon arrival, all students at Lasell College are assigned an academic advisor.  First-year students are assigned a professional advisor that they will work closely with during their first year at Lasell. Before the start of the second year, students are assigned a faculty advisor in the majors’ advising team. Advisors at Lasell work closely with students to educate them on how to become active members of the institution by guiding them through their transition from high school to college. Advisees’ will learn how to advocate for themselves and take ownership over their degree by making educated decisions about course selection, studying abroad, internships, developing an academic plan, and identifying resources to solve problems or meet specific needs. Students meet with their advisors regularly during appointments and drop-in office hours. Advisors will refer students to the many support services offered at the College to help ensure academic success.  These include the Academic Achievement Center, 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 to help them meet their full potential.

Center for Academic Advising and First Year Programs
The Center for Academic Advising and First Year Programs provides a centralized location for all first-year students’ academic advising services. This important resource is located in the Bancroft House, where an advisor is available Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, the Center oversees all academic advising for undergraduate students, and serves as an additional resource for students and faculty. The Center for Academic Advising and First year Programs provides additional services for first-year students including First Year Seminar, peer mentoring and peer advising. The Center aims to help students succeed as productive members of the Lasell College community.

What is Academic Advising at Lasell College?
Academic advising is a teaching and learning process that engages advisor and student in an ongoing relationship focused on helping the student connect higher education with educational, career and life goals. Advising promotes active student participation and supports intellectual and personal development toward academic success (Lasell Faculty, 2007).

Academic Advising at Lasell College is based on four central principles: connection, whole-life planning, transition, and personal responsibility/empowerment.

  1. 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 supports at the college.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 – “co-navigators” through a college career of educational choices (Ford, 1998).  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. 
What are the responsibilities of the Academic Advisor?
Work with students to plan an educational program consistent with their interests/major.

  1. Understanding and following course prerequisites.
  2. Work with students to register for coursework each semester, focusing on appropriate course sequences.
  3. Work with students to choose or change their major. 
  4. Work with students to monitor and evaluate their educational progress. 
  5. Ensure that students know their academic standing, including options and requirements related to academic probation and suspension.
  6. Contact students and discuss issues that emerge.  For instance, instructors should contact the advisor via LEAPS, Lasell’s Early Action Partnership for Student Success (See below) whenever there are concerns regarding the student’s progress.
  7. Meet with students---Is this obvious?

What are the responsibilities of the student?

  1. Seeing their advisor regularly by attending advisor’s open office hours and/or making appointments
  2. Emailing their advisor with questions and concerns
  3. Checking their email on a regular basis; Answering email correspondence from their advisor and faculty
  4. Knowing where their advsior’s office is located
  5. Becoming familiar with the General Education and Major field requirements
  6. Learning to navigate My Lasell, Self-Service and their Academic Plan
  7. Attend workshops that are hosted by the Academic Advisor and Department Chairs, to learn and understand the major requirements
  8. Becoming familiar with the academic calendar
  9. Becoming familiar with the Lasell Course Catalog and Student Handbook
  10. Making an appointment with the advisor to review midterm grades
  11. Coming to advising meetings prepared to discuss academic coursework, address problems or just to discuss academics in general
  12. If Undeclared—exploring possible majors by meeting with department chairs, reviewing curriculums, meeting with the Career Center
  13. Developing an academic plan for sophomore year
  14. Becoming familiar with services on campus: Academic Achievement Center, Advising Center, Career Center, Health Center, Athletic Center, Technology Center, Student Center, Registrar, Financial Planning, Student Accounts, Counseling Center
  15. Becoming familiar with Extra Curricular Activities, the Student Activities Office and the Student Government Association
  16. Accessing and utilizing the College Library
  17. Becoming familiar with Service Learning options, and the Center for Community Based Learning (CCBL)
  18. If needed and desired—seeking out options for Summer courses
  19. Working towards achieving a balance between academics, work, athletics, Honors Program and other extracurricular activities
  20. Understanding the College’s academic policies including: Academic Integritity, Academic Standing, Grading, Policies, Graduation requirements, etc.
  21. Becoming familiar with the internship requirements and options in the students respective major ( GPAs for internships)
  22. Reflecting on current classes and learning experiences