ARC: Professional Advisors: Roles

The role of the academic advisor extends beyond course and program scheduling. Advisors can assist the student with virtually all aspects of the academic experience and provide information regarding campus resources as needed.

Advising is essential to academic progress and student success at Howard University. The advisement experience also helps to prepare students for career and leadership opportunities after graduation.

Role of an Advisor

Specific responsibilities of academic advisors include, but are not limited to:

  • Assistance with goal setting
  • Assistance with personal growth and career development
  • Selection of educational program
  • Monitoring academic progress
  • Clarification of academic and institutional policies [pdf]
  • Assistance with academic issues
  • Assistance with personal concerns
  • Navigation within the campus environment
  • Assistance with campus resource identification & utilization
  • Assistance with financial matters

When to See an Advisor

You are urged to contact your advisor on any matters related to your educational progress. You are responsible for helping your advisor help you by sharing essential information about your academic progress, strengths, weaknesses, interests, and goals. All students must report to their advisor prior to every General Registration period. Ideally, students should see their advisors at least three times per semester, at the beginning, near the mid-term, and at the conclusion of the semester.

All advisor sessions should be documented. Student should seek out advisor assistance any time they are experiencing a problem or have outstanding issues. Students are discouraged from registering for courses without consultation and advisor approval of their academic program.

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