Student Outcomes

Develop communication, decision-making, and problem-solving skills by:

  • Identifying academic and personal goals,
  • Articulating preferences, expressing opinions, and addressing confusion during advising sessions, and
  • Assessing the cause, the resolution, and the avoidance of negative issues and problems.

Develop skills in locating and effectively using information and resources that help achieve goals by:

  • Identifying websites, campus offices, and appropriate faculty or staff for consultation, and
  • Using information from university resources to assess progress towards achieving goals.

Understand the relationship between classroom experiences and academic, career, and personal goals by:

  • Describing how general education requirements help achieve academic and career goals,
  • Using effective planning by understanding graduation requirements and credit load so graduation occurs as desired,
  • Connecting education plans and career goals, and
  • Articulating personal strengths and weaknesses in preparation for intended major and desired occupations.

Responsibilities and Expectations of Advisors and Students


  • Understand and effectively and accurately communicate curriculum, graduation requirements, and university policies and procedures.
  • Listen to concerns and respect individual values and choices.
  • Assist in creating an educational plan that is consistent with academic and personal goals.
  • Be available to answer questions through scheduled meetings, phone, or email.
  • Assess academic performance and areas of strength to ensure they are consistent with students' personal needs and plans.
  • Refer to other campus offices and resources as appropriate.


  • Schedule and attend advising appointments approximately once per semester.
  • Be involved in the advising process by being prepared to discuss goals and educational plans during advising meetings.
  • Be open and willing to consider advice from faculty, advisors, and other mentors.
  • Bring a list of questions to advising appointments.
  • Review major plan of study each semester and track progress towards completing graduation requirements.
  • Commit to a major when appropriate and actively engage with a faculty advisor on a regular basis.
  • Access and read ISU email regularly and respond promptly to all correspondence.
  • Become knowledgeable of campus policies, procedures, and resources.
  • Take primary and increasing responsibility for making decisions based on available information and advice.