|Advisors in the Department subscribe to this statement from the University of Connecticut Advising Handbook: "Advising is perhaps the service most important to the student and one to which the University is committed to provide at the highest level of attention and quality." Our goal is to foster communication between advisors and advisees, to establish a personal connection between students and their advisors. We expect both advisors and advisees to be familiar with their responsibilities [link below].
Most students in the Department of Plant Science are initially advised by the Office of Academic Programs for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture. This office continues to play a role in the advising process, for example in areas such as transfer credits and exemptions. Students are assigned faculty academic advisors when they are admitted to the College or School. Students may elect to work with another advisor based on personal interests and preferences. The advisors listed below are committed to fulfilling the responsibilities described in the Advising Handbook.
Responsibilities of Advisors and Advisees
Responsibilities of the Advisor:
Responsibilities of the Advisee:
- To be knowledgeable about program(s) in which he/she advises.
- To inform the advisee of the advisor's and the advisee's responsibilities in the academic advising process.
- To communicate to the advisee his/her degree requirements.
- To assist the advisee in developing a well-planned realistic program to facilitate choice of major and career.
- To be familiar with published academic rules and regulations of the University and to maintain an up-to-date academic advising reference file containing current program area, college, and University materials pertinent to advising.
- To assist the advisee in planning a suitable schedule of classes, at least one semester in advance and, in those schools or colleges where required, in developing an appropriate written Plan of Study.
- To establish, post, and maintain adequate office hours throughout the semester with particular emphasis given to registration.
- To maintain a file of the advisee's progress which may include the transcript, current student schedule and, where appropriate, a Plan of Study.
- To discuss with the advisee his/her academic performance and its implications.
- To refer the advisee to appropriate sources of information and services.
- To assist the student in the transition from college to career.
- Show interest in those matters personal to the student and potentially impacting on student performance.
- To obtain a copy of the requirements for the chosen major and to keep it up-to-date as program requirements are modified or fulfilled.
- To be aware that final responsibility for selecting courses and meeting degree requirements is the advisee's. The advisor can suggest, recommend, and remind the student of rules and requirements, but the advisee has the primary responsibility for meeting program and degree requirements.
- To be familiar with the published academic rules and regulations of the University.
- To complete the registration process each semester.
- To inform the appropriate dean's office and advisor of important changes in plans which directly affect academic performance and educational goals.
- To discuss with the appropriate dean's office and advisor notice of unsatisfactory academic performance and its implications and to develop a program of action.
- Be prepared to ask questions of the advisors.
- Keep the advisor informed in a timely fashion of personal issues that have arisen and that may impact on academic progress.