Academic Advising-Academic Advisory Center (AAC) - Carnegie Mellon University

Academic Advising at Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon's recognition of the importance and value of academic advising in the personal and academic success of its students is reflected in the "Institutional Statement on Advising" found in the University Services section of the 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog.

Academic Advisors

The AAC Academic Advisor's Role

AAC academic advisors understand that one of the most significant changes that families experience when they send their students off to college is the difference in privacy standards for student records, as well as the sharing of various other kinds of information. The advisor's role is shaped by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) [.pdf], our responsibility to students, and the desire to partner with families in the students best interest. Our hope is that a better understanding of the academic advisor's role will strengthen the partnership between advisors, parents and guardians, with the ultimate shared goal of achieving  the very best outcome for the students.

Following is a list of the core responsibillities of academic advisors:

Advisors must abide by the policies, procedures and values of the institutions for which they work.

Advisors are responsible to students, and must respect their right to have information kept confidential.

Advisors serve as facilitators and mediators, involving others as appropriate, to assure a holistic, broad approach to  the advising process.

Advisors encourage self-reliance by helping students to identfy and take advantage of campus resources, to gather information, to make informed and responsible decisions, to set realistic goals and develop strategies to achieve them, and ultimately,  to successfully negotiate the Carnegie Mellon environment.

Advisors encourage students to initiate and maintain open communications and relationships with parents or guadians, who have a vested interest in their success and well being.