Advising Syllabus

Advising “Syllabus” 2014-2015














At Cornell College (CC), my role as your advisor is to help you with the transition into college by monitoring your course selection and academic performance and to support you in initiating long range educational planning and direct you to opportunities and resources that will enrich your education. You are strongly encouraged to plan visits with me during the first year for in-depth discussion about long term goals or other concerns. You are also required to meet during NSO, in October, and again in Feburary for an advising session before registration, at which time we will focus on course selection and scheduling for the upcoming blocks.

Advising Responsibilities

As an advisee, you are expected to:

  • Discern your educational goals and make an educational plan that includes courses and out-of-class activities.
  • Know your general education and major requirements and track your progress towards graduation.
  • Follow CC academic policies, procedures (such as drop/add), and deadlines.
  • Use the online catalog effectively as information resource.
  • Use advising sessions effectively during NSO and registration windows and otherwise as needed by making appointments, arriving on time, bringing needed materials (such as a list of courses that are open and interest you), asking specific questions, and expecting your advisor to work within his/her defined roles. 
  • Check CC email daily.

As your advisor, you can expect me to:

  • Assist you in discerning your educational goals, including discussion of choice of major and “early stage”  vocational planning.
  • Work with you on developing a 2 year to 4 year academic plan.
  • Recommend class choices
  • Recommend enhancement opportunities, such as study abroad, research and internships, and refer you to appropriate offices.
  • Monitor your progress and discuss concerns, including intervention during the current block when necessary.
  • Make appropriate referrals to services.
  • Provide accurate information regarding requirements, policies and procedures.




Your 2012-2013 Advising Calendar



New Student Orientation

Attend advising appointment to get acquainted and initiate a planning discussion.  Register for blocks 2, 3 and 4. 

October 22 –

November 2

Advising period for blocks 5-8 registration.  At this meeting we will focus on a final selection of appropriate course options for the coming semester.  For first-year students, this appointment is a requirement: make it early.  This is a good time to reflect on how the first couple blocks have gone.

November 15

Accommodations Night.  If you ended up with any NOC on your schedule after online registration, you will attend accommodations night to fill in those spaces with classes.


February 25 – March 22

Advising period for 2013-2014 year. 

April 04

Accommodations Night.



Objectives and expected outcomes of your advising

and educational planning for First year


* Arrange advising meetings prior to online registration to review course planning for the upcoming blocks.


* During your first year, work on developing short and long-range personal, academic, and career goals.  Make time to discuss this process with your advisor.


* Focus on completion of your First-Year Seminar, Writing emphasis course, general education courses and maybe some exploratory courses in your area of interest for a major.  


*  Use multiple resources to maximize your undergraduate experience (writing studio, quantitative studio, academic support office, tutors, advisor, student organizations, community service, etc.)


*  Visit the Career Services:  Learn about the ways you can explore interpersonal factors (interests, personality, values) related to your academic and career goals.


* Get to know your professors: it’s both a good way to find out what the different majors are really about and to begin building important collegial relationships.


* Know the degree requirements, responsibilities and university policies that apply to you.