Advisor Responsibilities

Driven by our advising core values of accountability, compassion, fairness, integrity, and respect, we are committed to:

  • creating a safe space to facilitate interaction with students by utilizing counseling skills and techniques
  • recognizing and responding to diverse student needs to foster an inclusive advising culture
  • supporting students as they create their own academic plan that highlights their skills and interests
  • collaborating with students and encouraging them to make informed decisions by exploring their options, as they make important academic and professional decisions
  • helping students to make connections between their intellectual, professional, and personal short- and long-term goals
  • providing students with accurate and consistent information regarding policy, rules, regulations, and degree requirements
  • advocating for both the institution and students, and using sound judgment in navigating this continuum
  • introducing students to academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular opportunities
  • teaching students to understand the logic and value of their undergraduate education
  • empowering students to become independent, self-directed, and self-motivated
  • supporting students through their transitions within and beyond the University
  • communicating with campus partners and referring students to appropriate campus resources to facilitate student success and well-being
  • collaborating with faculty, and administrative and student staff, to help them understand how they may support student development
  • inspiring students to understand the significance of the learning process in order to foster growth, resilience, self-reflection, and life-long learning

Student Responsibilities

Effective academic advising requires deep engagement and responsibility from both advisor and student. To participate fully in this academic advising experience, students will need to:

  • be accountable for their own educational and personal trajectories
  • be respectful of themselves, their peers, faculty, staff, and the institution
  • meet regularly with their academic and departmental advisors, and collaborate with them as they make important academic and professional decisions
  • be intentional about their undergraduate goals and priorities
  • work with their advisors to understand the logic and value of their undergraduate education
  • be informed about rules, regulations, policies, and degree requirements, and ask for clarification when necessary
  • maintain the accuracy of their academic record
  • be proactive in seeking information, support, and knowledge
  • be transparent about their academic goals, personal circumstances, and any other factors that may impact their academic performance

Advising Syllabi

An academic advising syllabus is a tool that articulates clearly the vision, mission, core competencies, and objectives of the advising enterprise, as well as defines the advisor-student partnership by outlining their respective responsibilities. In addition, this document gives language to the important work undertaken between students and advisors and demonstrates to all members of the University how this partnership contributes significantly to UCLA’s mission.