Crockett and Habley (1987) expressed the following about advising. We use this definition to show the multi-faceted responsibility that the advisor faces with today's college student:
"Academic Advising is a developmental process which assists students in the clarification of their life/career goals and in the development of educational plans for the realization of those goals. It is a decision-making process by which students realize their maximum educational potential through communication and information exchanges with an advisor; it is ongoing, multi-faceted, and the responsibility of both student and advisor. The advisor services as facilitator of communication, a coordinator of learning experiences through course content and career planning and academic progress review, and an agent of referral to other campus services as necessary."
By maintaining a close relationship with faculty, specifically Program Leads, Academic Advisors can provide the following: