Erin Donahoe-Rankin
For appointments: 801-863-8352
Phone: 801-863-6717
Office: CB 506N

Graduate Statistics

Academic advising is a collaborative educational process between student and advisor. Ideally, the advisor serves as teacher and guide in an interactive partnership aimed at enhancing the student's self-awareness and fulfillment (O'Banion, T. 1972). This process is grounded in the mission of the institution and college and is a process that is built over the student's entire experience at UVU. Both parties have clear responsibilities for ensuring that this partnership is successful.

Academic Advisor Responsibilities: What You Can Expect From Your Advisor

  • Be accessible for advising students through telephone, e-mail, or during posted office hours.
  • Provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere for advisement sessions, including humor, empathy, and honesty.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Encourage, support, and guide students as they define and develop realistic goals and make progress toward educational plans.
  • Effectively communicate and help students navigate the curriculum and graduation requirements as well as university academic policies and procedures.
  • Assist students in understanding the purposes and goals of higher education and its effects on their lives and personal goals.
  • Assist students in working closely with their professors and refer to appropriate university sources and available services as assistance is needed.
  • Assist students in gaining decision making skills and skills in assuming responsibility for their educational plans and achievements.

Advisee Responsibilities: What Your Advisor Can Expect From You

  • Schedule regular appointments or make regular contacts with advisor during each semester.
  • Give notice in advance if you need to reschedule or cancel any advising appointments.
  • Come prepared to actively participate in an open dialogue at each advisement session by bringing questions, concerns or materials (and a sense of humor!).
  • Develop an educational plan for successfully achieving goals; select courses each semester to progress toward fulfilling that educational plan.
  • Enroll in the courses for which you and your advisor have determined that, from educational objectives, you are ready to pursue.
  • Become knowledgeable, as a student, about college programs, policies, and procedures.
  • Complete all assignments or recommendations from your advisor.
  • Use campus resources and services to assist in achieving academic, personal, and career goals.
  • Accept responsibility for decisions.