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Advising Information for Parents

Student-Advisor Relationship:
Advisors and advisees work together to craft a unique, individual academic plan based upon each student's strengths, weaknesses and goals. Hartwick College views the advising relationship as an on-going conversation that transcends mere course selection by assisting students as they explore the breadth of the liberal arts curriculum, experience college life, focus on a major concentration and prepare for life after Hartwick.

Students are responsible for:
-Making their own decisions based upon their best judgment and informed by the best information and advice available to them
-Arranging advising appointments
-Preparing for advising meetings
-Seeking out contacts and information related to planning their academic program
-Understanding degree and program requirements

Academic Advisors are responsible for:
-Proactively engaging advisees in the academic planning process
-Monitoring the academic progress of their advisees
-Making appropriate referrals to other campus offices
-Communicating clearly the times when they are available for consultation

The College is responsible for:
-Assuring that there are clear policies, procedures and resources to support the advising process, including supplemental advising services
-Assisting academic advisors to develop effective advising skills
-Providing appropriate recognition for the role that advisors play in the academic advising system
-Conducting ongoing assessment of the advising program

Changing Academic Advisors:
Students may change advisors at any time--if their interests or needs change or if, for whatever reason, they are not "clicking" with their advisor. Students should feel free to ask a favorite professor, or a faculty member in a department they're considering for a major, to be their advisor. Once a major field is selected, an advisor should be selected from that major department.

To change advisors, students complete an Advisor Change Form on which they need only the signature of the new advisor.

Pre-Registration Process:
Prior to each pre-registration period the Office the Registrar notifies students of their scheduled pre-registration time. These notifications should prompt meetings with academic advisors to discuss a course schedule for an upcoming term, as advisor approval is required before pre-registration can take place. E-Reg allows a student to create a course worksheet electronically and send it to the academic advisor for approval (or further discussion). The advisor can then approve courses electronically from their worksheet, allowing the student to pre-register electronically for available course sections.

Pre-registration for the January and Spring Terms usually takes place in late October; pre-registration for Fall Term begins in early April. Note that any student with a hold on his or her student account cannot pre-register until that hold is cleared. It's particularly important to be sure all outstanding balances to the college are paid at this time so that your student may pre-register with the rest of his or her class.

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