Department of English at Illinois State University
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English Department Advising Goals and Responsibilities

The Purpose of Advising

The primary purpose of academic advising in the Department of English is to assist students in the development of meaningful educational plans that will be compatible with their individual aspirations.

In the English Department, academic advising is based on a system of shared responsibility between student and advisor, and a process of continuous improvement, clarification, and evaluation with the aim of furthering institutional advising goals and desired student outcomes.

The English Department views the advising relationship as an on-going conversation that transcends course selection and attempts to assist students as they explore the breadth of a Liberal Arts curriculum, experience college life, focus on their English major or minor, and prepare for life after college.

English Department Academic Advising Goals

English Department Advisors will:

  • assist students in their clarification of education goals
  • assist students in developing an education plan and selecting courses consistent with the student's goals
  • provide accurate information about institutional policies, procedures, resources, and programs
  • assist students with evaluation or re-evaluation of their progress towards a degree
  • make referrals to resources within and out of the college as appropriate
  • empower and encourage students to be self directed learners

Student Responsibilities

Students are responsible for knowing and fulfilling all university, college and major requirements for graduation. To meet these goals, they must:

  • meet with an English department advisor upon entrance to the major
  • confer with an advisor on a regular basis about major options if the student is initially undecided about a major
  • review the tracking (degree) audit each semester to ensure the student fully understands the remaining degree requirements
  • seek advisement when in academic difficulty (e.g., below a 2.0 GPA, doing poorly in a critical tracking course)
  • maintain their own personal academic records, including the catalog of their year of admission, transcripts, tracking (degree) audits, evaluation of transfer work, and notes from previous advising sessions

Students who at any time are confused about academic requirements or their progress toward a degree are encouraged and expected to meet with an English Department Academic Advisor.