What is Advising?

The foundation of the advising process is a good working relationship between the advisor and the student. You will see below a breakdown of advising roles and responsibilities. We ask that you to read over our Advising Syllabus. This syllabus is a roadmap to the advising process. Included you will find the THCAS Academic Advising & Resource Center’s advising philosophy, student/advisor roles & responsibilities, contact information and much more! If you are a parent visiting this page, please see our parents page here.

The goal of advising is to help you:

  • define your educational and career objectives;
  • become well informed about policies and procedures, curricular options and academic program requirements so that you make consistent progress toward timely graduation;
  • plan an academic program which incorporates your interests, aptitudes and career goals; and
  • make full use of the curricular and co-curricular facilities and resources available at ECU.

Advisor Roles

  • Discuss major requirements and assist in course selection
  • Provides accurate and timely information
  • Discuss academic goals and ways to meet them
  • Make referrals when necessary (academic, career, and personal)
  • Be knowledgeable of campus policies and procedures (or be able to find the necessary information)

Advisee Roles

  • Know who your advisor is and how to contact them!
  • Check ECU e-mail on a regular basis
  • Be familiar with undergraduate catalog, major requirements, ECU website
  • Come prepared to advising sessions (questions, research, etc)
  • Communicate with your advisor as needed (problems, concerns, questions, etc.)
  • Make appointments and keep them!
  • Take responsibility for your academic progress!