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Adviser Responsibilities

Academic advisers are faculty and staff assigned to help you make the most of your time at Mizzou. They will assist you in finding a degree program that matches your interests and abilities, meeting graduation requirements and finding out about extracurricular activities that will boost your skills and broaden your experiences.

In other words, your academic adviser is your guide, interpreter and mentor. Ideally, the academic adviser encourages a collaborative relationship with the student based on a sharing of responsibilities. The goal of the relationship is to guide the student toward accepting responsibility for his/her own learning and academic decision-making.

The Academic Adviser Difference

Your college academic adviser may have been introduced to you as the college equivalent to a high school guidance counselor. While the two are somewhat comparable, it is important to know the differences between the two professional fields far outweigh the similarities.

College Academic Adviser High School Counselor
A resource to help you monitor your progress toward graduation. Takes full responsibility for monitoring your progress toward graduation.
Encourages you to design your own schedule and find your own level of balance. Controls and balances student coursework each semester.
A resource for academic and career concerns and can provide you with referrals to the appropriate campus resources for social and personal issues. Primarily seen for both scheduling and personal concerns.

Typically only one or two high school counselor(s) provide information on all school expectations for a given high school. At MU, there are over a hundred different people serving in advising roles to provide specialized assistance.

Advising Versus Registration

Advising is the process of developing realistic plans for students' academic careers. Students and advisers work together to identify opportunities and how they can be realized. Assistance may come in the form of, but not limited to, degree program explanation, degree completion planning, course selection and assistance with navigating the registration process.

Registration is a separate process that occurs after meeting with an adviser. It is the process of enrolling in particular courses for a given semester. Students register for classes in myZou at https://myzou.missouri.edu.

Some majors require an advising appointment prior to registration, others don't. Registration occurs once a semester. Advising is an ongoing process that isn't necessarily linked in time with registration.


 

 
 
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