- Assist students with exploring areas of study in order to select appropriate majors, minors, and professional programs.
- Assist students with course scheduling and understanding degree progress.
- Actively listen to students' questions and concerns and provide information and support as needed.
- Explain LIU policies and procedures, academic programs, core curriculum and major requirements, and student services.
- Refer students to campus services (Financial Services, Academic Reinforcement Center, etc.), organizations, and faculty and staff members as needed to enhance academic performance and overall college experience.
- Assist students in developing decision-making skills, self-evaluation skills, and educational action plans.
- Help students monitor their academic progress and understand how it impacts the achievement of their goals.
- Work collaboratively with students to develop alternative action plans when necessary.
- Demonstrate to students how to access and utilize the advising resources listed above.
- Utilize all means of communication to continually provide students with important LIU information.
- Provide a respectful and supportive atmosphere.
- Maintain advisor-advisee confidentiality (see below).
- Gather information about academic programs.
- Learn and adhere to academic policies and procedures.
- Meet with an advisor at least once per semester to discuss degree progress, possible majors, and academic plan.
- Prepare for advising appointments by developing relevant questions and/or discussion topics.
- Accept responsibility for decisions and actions.
- Keep track of academic progress.
- Be courteous and plan ahead: schedule appointments early and cancel or reschedule appointments in advance and only if necessary.
- Utilize campus services and programs as appropriate for academic and personal development
- Follow-up on advisor referrals (tutoring services, etc.) and keep advisors informed of the outcomes of referrals.
- Regularly use the advising resources listed above.
- Keep contact information up-to-date and read all official LIU correspondences.
- Be open to developing and clarifying academic goals.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): FERPA is a Federal law that protects the privacy of students' education records. Advisors and other LIU administrators are prohibited from sharing a student's education record with anyone other than the student without that student's expressed, written consent.
Expected Student Outcomes
Advisors work with students toward achieving the following first-year outcomes:
- Students have a better idea of their academic and career interests.
- Students understand their skills and strengths, and have identified areas for improvement.
- Students are familiar with university rules and requirements.
- Students have learned about majors, minors, and other academic programs available.
- Students have used multiple resources to maximize their college experience: advisors, student organizations, study groups, volunteering, tutoring, etc.
- Students have developed their time management skills.