ARC: Professional Advisors: Expectations

What to Expect of Your Advisor

Students have a right to expect their advisor to:

  • Have posted reasonable office hours of availability throughout the academic semester
  • Maintain appointments with students on a timely basis
  • Be knowledgeable about educational program requirements, curriculum, and professional and career opportunities within their field of expertise
  • Be knowledgeable about academic requirements, institutional policies and procedures to ensure academic success
  • Seek information they do not know or refer you to the appropriate campus resources as needed

What Your Advisor Expects of You

Students have a responsibility to:

  • Read and understand the academic policies and procedures contained in official Howard University publications and on its official website
  • Consult with their advisors during registration periods for course scheduling and any program modification
  • Inform their advisor of any academic difficulties, program or career changes
  • Maintain scheduled appointments with their advisors and be prepared for advisement sessions with any supporting documentation or materials which could assist the advisor
  • Provide advisors with feedback and follow through on advisor recommendations as needed

Never get to the point where you will be ashamed to ask anybody for information. The ignorant man will always be ignorant if he fears that by asking another for information he will display ignorance. Booker T. Washington