Student Roles and Responsibilities
  • Regularly schedule and keep academic advising appointments.
  • Communicate openly and honestly with your academic advisor regarding issues that affect your educational goals and academic performance.
  • Maintain a professional relationship with your academic advisor by arriving on time; being prepared for your appointments; and calling if you need to reschedule.
  • Take responsibility for your academic success by utilizing the tools provided. Examples include undergraduate catalogues, degree sheets, college and university websites, and academic calendars.
  • Maintain a file with relevant academic materials and follow through with your academic advisor's recommendations.
Advisor Responsibilities
  • Create and maintain an interactive environment encouraging mutual trust and open communication.
  • Provide students with information and resources to promote academic progress.
  • Empower students to take responsibility for their academic success.
  • Stay informed of current and changing rules, regulations and program requirements.
  • Refer students to campus services relevant to their individual needs.
  • Collaborate with peers by participating in the exchange of ideas, information and philosophies through professional development.
Parent Roles and Responsibilities
  • Be available to support and encourage.
  • Maintain regular contact.
  • Offer advice (when appropriate).
  • Encourage students to do things they can do for themselves.
  • Allow students to make mistakes in this safe environment.

The above information comes from Menezes, M.D. (2005). Advisors and parents: Together building stronger advising relationships.
Retrieved July 11, 2007, from the NACADA Clearinghouse of Academic Advising Resources website.