Academic advisors at Missouri State University provide academic and professional guidance as students develop meaningful educational plans in pursuit of their life goals. Advisors provide students with information about coursework, University policies and procedures, the Public Affairs mission, and career options and opportunities. They require student participation in the decision-making process, help students become lifelong learners, and encourage self-reliant problem solving through exploration of students' own interests and values. Advisors support students as they seek the best possible education at Missouri State University. (Adopted December 2009, authored by the Academic Advising Counsel.)
Academic advising is one of the few services in which all students participate and arguably the only one that includes a one-on-one relationship between each student and a member of the faculty or professional staff." Advisors are especially important because they are among the first people new students encounter and should see regularly..." (Kuh, 2006). The advising relationship therefore provides a unique forum to discuss the benefits of higher education and individual student goals and responsibilities. Effective advising relationships contribute to a learning environment that fosters each student's opportunity to become an educated person.
Effective academic advising enhances student retention and is an important part of our enrollment management plan. If we are to maintain our enrollment goals while continuing to raise admissions standards, a campus-wide commitment to academic advising is necessary.