VI. Academic Advising
A university education is a complex and multi-faceted experience, which is best undertaken in a supportive and encouraging environment. As part of its dedication to student success, the University of Guelph-Humber is committed to providing high-quality academic advising, in order to assist students in the development and pursuit of academic objectives consistent with their life goals and the available opportunities at the University. The responsibility for developing educational plans and setting goals rests with the student. Academic advising contributes to this process by identifying alternatives, exploring likely outcomes, and referring students to appropriate resources.
Academic advising at Guelph-Humber is delivered by a team which includes Program Advisors, the Program Heads (academic leaders of each of the Universities programs), the Vice-Provost and others. The Program Advisors are the primary source of advising for students and should be the student’s first contact to discuss any issue, question or concern about their academic program. The Registration and Advising office (GH108) provides general walk-in assistance to students and, as appropriate, Program Advisors may direct students to specialized advising resources available on the campus. Each student has direct access to their Program Advisor who focuses on program-related issues and advice, and can assist with degree program requirements and expectations.
These components of the academic advising system work together to achieve goals and objectives that include:
Within the system, specific roles and responsibilities are distributed as indicated below:
Responsibilities of the Student
Students admitted to the University are responsible for being aware of and understanding and meeting certain obligations related to; Undergraduate Degree Regulations and Procedures, degree requirements, course requirements, Schedule of Dates, rules of conduct and accessing their University of Guelph-Humber e-mail account. These responsibilities are described in Section I - Statement of Students' Academic Responsibilities.
The responsibilities of students regarding academic advising are:
Role of the Program Advisor
The Program Advisor has particular expertise in the program requirements and regulations, as well as the various specializations and their fit within the program. The Program Advisor is also familiar with the policies and procedures that govern university practice. The role of the Program Advisor is:
Students are advised to consult their Program Advisor if they are experiencing personal problems or situations that require counselling. The Program Advisors are well informed of the information on the types and locations of non-academic counselling offered by the University.
Responsibilities of the Program Advisor
The responsibilities of the faculty advisor are:
Role of the Program Head
The Program Head plays a leadership role for a particular program in facilitating, in collaboration with the supporting deans from each institution, the quality of the students learning experience. The Program Head ensures the program is current and coherent in its design, planning, delivery and assessment, and that both the professional and academic components of a program are respected and promoted among all those teaching and learning in the program. In addition the Program Head contributes to the growth of Guelph-Humber as a learning community and the development and implementation of Guelph-Humber's mission, goals and objectives.