Advising Expectations and Student Learning Outcomes

Advising Expectations

An Academic Advisor will:

  • IMG0761Protect and secure the integrity of the SLU degree by enforcing University and departmental policies and requirements.
  • Understand and effectively communicate the curriculum; graduation requirements; and University and college policies and procedures to provide helpful and appropriate advisement and mentoring.
  • Be available, approachable, personable, and demonstrate concern and care for an advisee.
  • Assist students in working closely with their faculty mentors and professors.
  • Make appropriate referrals within the University; encourage advisees to develop skills that will lead to self-responsibility.
  • Have profound respect for each individual advisee and serve as a model of the educated person.
  • Maintain confidentiality (will not discuss issues with parents and non-University persons without the student’s written permission).

A student will:


  • IMG3908Display respect for the advisor and have a positive attitude toward the advising process.
  • Meet the advisor at appropriate times and will come to advising appointments prepared to assume responsibility for degree planning.
  • Clarify personal values and goals and provide advisor with accurate information regarding academic interests and abilities.
  • Seek to become acquainted with the academic structure of the University / school / college program.
  • Become knowledgeable about academic programs, policies, and procedures and utilize available University resources and services.
  • Ask questions if he or she does not understand an issue or has a specific concern.
  • Keep a personal record of his or her progress toward meeting academic goals.
  • Accept responsibility for decisions and actions (or inactions) that affect educational progress and goals.

Student Learning Outcomes for the Academic Advising Experience

Year one:

  • Access information about campus resources
  • Identify his or her Academic Advisor and Faculty Mentor
  • Identify information about his or her degree requirements
  • Understand prerequisites and course sequences
  • Know how to access information about academic programs
  • Understand registration policies and procedures
  • Register using Banner Self-Service
  • Calculate a SLU semester and cumulative grade point average
  • Locate and use the Academic Calendar and the Undergraduate Catalog
  • Identify information about the Jesuit model of education/the Five Dimensions

Year two:

  • Understand his or her degree requirements
  • Work effectively with a Faculty Mentor to review his or her academic progress in an intended or declared academic program
  • Develop attainable academic goals
  • Utilize Banner Self-Service to develop a Degree Evaluation
  • Understand appropriate formal academic processes
  • Identify internship, practicum and undergraduate research opportunities

Year three and four:

  • Integrate elements of the Jesuit model of education and the Five Dimensions of the SLU experience into curriculum development and planning
  • Participate in experiential learning through internships, co-ops, practica, research or volunteerism
  • Understand the application for the degree conferral process
  • Access information about post-graduation employment opportunities
  • Access information about professional school and graduate school opportunities
  • Understand Commencement and the degree award process

Demonstrating Your Achievement of Learning Outcomes

In order for you and your academic advisor to accurately measure and document that you have achieved the learning outcomes for academic advising, the two of you will develop an on-going record of your advising work. This record will consist of a variety of documents including your educational plan, your semester schedules, collaborative work completed from referrals on campus, and a variety of other documents that you and your advisor will develop together to demonstrate your achievement of these outcomes.