Academic Advising


Roles of Academic Advisors, Students and Parents

Each of us plays a different part in your student’s journey to academic success. 

Advisor Responsibilities 

  • Protect and secure the integrity of Rivier University by enforcing all policies and requirements
  • Understand and effectively communicate the curriculum, requirements, and academic policies and procedures
  • Encourage and guide students to define and develop clear and realistic educational goals
  • Provide students with information about and strategies for utilizing campus resources and services
  • Be accessible for meetings during office hours by appointment, telephone or email
  • Assist students in gaining decision-making skills and in assuming responsibility for a student’s educational plan and decisions
  • Maintain confidentiality (we will not discuss issues with parents or non-college persons without your written permission)
  • Act as the student’s advocate within the college
  • Register students for classes and assist them in making any schedule changes during the semester

Student Responsibilities 

  • Schedule appointments or make regular contact with your advisor each semester
  • Come prepared to appointments with questions or materials for discussion
  • Ask questions if you do not understand an issue or have a specific concern
  • Connect with faculty in your department of study
  • Keep a personal record of your progress towards academic goals
  • Organize documents in a way that enables you to access them when needed
  • Become knowledgeable about college programs, resources, degree requirements, policies and procedures
  • Complete all assignments or recommendations from your advisor
  • Gather all relevant information before making decisions that affect your educational goals
  • Clarify personal values and goals and provide advisor with accurate and truthful information regarding your interests and abilities
  • Accept responsibility for your actions or inactions that affect your educational progress and goals


Parent Responsibilities 

  • Become knowledgeable about college programs, resources, degree requirements, policies and procedures
  • Maintain an open and regular line of communication with your student
  • Ask your student questions related to their personal well-being and social adjustment in addition to academics
  • Discuss each other’s expectations regarding money, grades, studies, contact, work, relationships and life skills
  • Encourage your student to ask for help
  • Encourage your student to seek out campus resources
  • Be available to support and encourage your student
  • Offer advice (when appropriate)
  • Encourage your student to do things they can do for themselves
  • Allow students to make mistakes in this safe environment
  • Recognize that college is an important step in the process of your student realizing their autonomy

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