Your responsibilities in the role of the advisee are very important to your holistic success but also to the success of the vital relationship you’ll continue to cultivate with your advisor. As an advisee you are ultimately responsible for your educational choices and decisions. You are expected to:

  • Schedule an advising appointment early each semester.
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  • Review your curriculum in the Undergraduate Catalog and Academic Majors Guides.
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  • Ensure you are on track to meet progression standards (if required for your major) by reviewing your DARS and uTrack reports.
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  • Write down your current schedule and a tentative plan for next semester.
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  • Write down any questions you have for your advisor.
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  • Consult with your advisor before making drastic changes to an agreed-upon schedule.
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  • Consult with your advisor on issues related to academic progress, a change in program, registration for study abroad, internships and coops, courses to be taken at another institution, withdrawal from courses, or withdrawal from the university.
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  • Make final decisions and take responsibility for your academic career.
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  • Pay attention to semester deadlines.
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  • Read any e-mails, texts, or letters that are sent to you by your advisor, advising center, or academic college.
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  • Keep any advising appointments you make.
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  • Cancel any advising appointments that you are unable to attend.
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  • Clarify personal values, abilities, interests, and goals for academics and life.
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  • Come prepared to your registration advising session with a planned schedule for the forthcoming semester.
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  • Become knowledgeable and adhere to institutional policies, procedures, and requirements.
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  • Access and use myUTK for academic updates, information updating, registration, and other purposes.
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  • Accept final responsibility for all decisions made and your graduation requirements.
 

 

Characteristics of Effective Advisees:

  • Knows who their advisor is.
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  • Knows advisor’s office hours.
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  • Knows how to run a DARS.
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  • Knows how to read and understand the academic history.
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  • Knows how to successfully navigate the undergraduate catalog.
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  • Makes an appointment with advisor rather than just dropping by.
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  • Gathers all relevant decision-making information before appointment.
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  • Clarifies personal values and goals.
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  • Keeps informed about academic policies, procedures, and requirements.
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  • Accepts responsibility for decisions and for his/her academic outcomes