What is Academic Advising?

Academic Advising is an opportunity to exchange information designed to help each student reach their own unique educational and career goals. Advising is a relationship between advisor and student, wherein each party has certain responsibilities and expectations. This page explains this expectations and can help define the relationship.

What Can You Expect from Academic Advising? 

By actively participating in academic advising, you will learn to... 

DEVELOP relationships with your advisors, faculty, and peers to assist you in meeting your academic and career goals. 

UNDERSTAND how the general education program prepares you to think critically, communicate effectively, and offers you a broad-based, common body of knowledge. 

VALUE the connection between your general education courses and your major courses, and how they both relate to your career path. 

GET INVOLVED in campus life, whether through a learning community, student organization, or volunteer program. 

UTILIZE various resources on campus, such at the Writing Center, Academic Success Center, Financial Aid Office, or any of our other campus resources.

EXPLORE employment opportunities and/or graduate school options related to your major. 

The Student-Advisor Relationship

Advising is a partnership between students (advisees) and their advisor. Both parties play an intergral part before, during, and after advising appointments and the stronger the relationship is, the better experience students tend to have. To guide this relationship, there are certain expectations and responsibilities for each party, as outlined below. 

Student and Advisor Expectations and Responsibilities

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences advisors and students (advisees) are partners in the advising process. When you seek advising you should have a reasonable expectation that you will be in a safe, respectful, and confidential setting to ask questions, discuss your interests, and express your concerns. 

Advisors are expected to: 

  • Be a personal guide through your college experience listen carefully to your questions and concerns. 

  • Be knowledgeable about University and department programs, policies, and procedures. 

  • Partner with you to assist in creating an educational plan that is consistent with your academic and career goals. 

  • Develop and define alternative solutions as they relate to your academic success.

  • Be available to connect you with campus and community resources.

Likewise, when you come in for advising, your advisor should have a reasonable expectation that he or she will be treated as a trusted and respected partner in the advising relationship. 

Students are expected to: 

  • Have ongoing contact with their advisor and schedule regular appointment (e.g., once per semester) using Advising Works.

  • Come to appointments prepared with knowledge of which classes to take, questions to ask, and topics of interest to discuss. 

  • Be an active learning by participating fully in the advising relationship.

  • Ask questions if you do not fully understand an issue or if you have a specific concern. 

  • Reflect upon your goals and educational plans and be prepared to discuss them. 

  • Take a primary and increasing responsibility for making your own decisions based on available information and advice. 

Have a P.L.A.N. for Advising Appointments 

To adequately prepare for advising appointments, students should do the following:

P - Preview your Degree Works worksheet so you know your program and general education requirements ahead of time. 

L - Learn about important University and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences policies that could impact your ability to graduate. 

A - Ask Questions during your appointment if requirements or policies seem unclear - also be sure to ask your advisor about University and Department resources taht could be beneficial for your experience. 

N - Note-Taking is a helpful way to remember what you and your advisor discussed during meetings. 

Academic Advising Tools and Resources

Advising Works (for scheduling advising appointments)

Degree Works (for checking your degree progress and completion of requirements) 

Schedule of Classes website (for course registration)

University Bulletin (for clarification of degree requirements and policies)

For questions about the Environmental Science Program, including:

  • General Education Program requirements;
  • Major and Cognate requirements;
  • Other important graduation policies;
  • Assessing your degree progress;
  • Developing a Plan of Work; or, 
  • Other general advising questions, please see: 

Name: Dawn Niedermiller

Email: dniedermiller@wayne.edu

Phone: 313-577-2295

Office: 0204 Old Main (across from the Geology Mineral Museum)


To schedule an appointment: 



 ↑ back to top