ERIC Number: ED249915
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Many Sides of Undergraduate Advisors.
Matthews, Janet R.
The roles of the adviser of undergraduate students are discussed. To orient the student to the department, pamphlets can be prepared to answer some of the student's basic questions. Considering academic schedules are an important function of the undergraduate adviser, who reviews course options and directions with the student. The student should be provided an opportunity to indicate changes in interests that have occurred since the previous meeting. The student's file should contain at least general ideas about postgraduation plans and a flexible time outline of preparation. Another advising function is career counseling. The departmental adviser should become familiar with special career counseling services available on the campus to which students should be referred for information on dates of required entrance examinations and application procedures. Communication with colleagues should be maintained to keep informed about those who have special knowledge on specific fields. Finally, the adviser may function in the role of a surrogate parent with some advisees, although the extent of responsibility should be clear to the adviser. Appended is a list of sample support course groups giving general suggestions on courses that should be taken by pre-law and pre-health sciences students. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (92nd, Toronto, Canada, August 24-28, 1984).