Academic Advising Information

UMC places a high priority on quality academic advising. Most advising is done by the faculty, supplemented by professional advising staff in certain program areas. Advising is regarded as a key component in student support, retention and graduation.

This topic area is devoted to advising basics. Students seek advising for many reasons, but at the end of the day, the major reason is to put together an academic plan for the next semester, year, or the entire four years. At the very least, faculty advisors should be versed in the liberal education requirements (Minnesota Transfer Curriculum), general graduation requirements, and the specifics of their department’s programs. While program requirements are simply listed in alphabetical order, specific information on each course can be found by holding the cursor over the course name to see helpful information about each one. Note the semesters that courses are typically offered—it is not helpful for students to plan to take a course during the fall semester when it is generally offered only in the spring. Likewise, do take note of any pre-requisites and ensure that your advisees have met, or will meet them prior to enrolling in a course that requires them.

APAS is a great help to both advisors and advisees. Take time to learn how to read the APAS reports, and help your students understand them as well. Another great tool for advisors is APLUS, which allows you to make notes about your advisees, send messages to them, view any alerts or notifications that other faculty members may have posted, and financial aid information. APLUS is an advising tool only, and students do not have access to it. You will need to attend a training session on APLUS in order to gain access to it. These sessions are offered at the beginning of each semester by the Office of the Registrar.

The most important characteristic of quality advising is the caring attitude of the advisor. We hope you will take the time to care about your students and the advice you give them. It’s the one thing we can’t teach you.

Additional information on

<<< Back to New Faculty Information