What Does An Advisor Not Do?

We all know what advisors do. Or do we? They help students explore interests, navigate options and opportunities, connect with resources, plan, make decisions, and meet their unique goals. Right!?

Advising is informed by rich theoretical frameworks and a variety of methods and approaches. The advising role requires formal preparation and training and professional development is critical to ongoing success in a constantly challenging field. While there are many responsibilities attached to the practice of advising, from simple to complex, it can be important to remember what is at the heart of this many faceted role. In the following excerpt, Bob Jacobsen helps define the advisors role by examining not only what advisors do but what they don’t.

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Advancing the Practice of Academic Advising

As part of an ongoing commitment to advising excellence, the Advising Council is launching a new professional development program for academic advisors entitled Advancing Practice. The program will offer a variety of workshops on select topics and will be facilitated by experts from within the advising community.

News & Resources for Berkeley's Advising Community

Advisors play a key role in the student experience at UC Berkeley. Through the Advising Council, an Operational Excellence project, UC Berkeley is working to enable an advising system that allows students to have a network of advisors serving them in an integrated way, and that offers advisors access to a network of information about campus advising and about students. The Advising Council is a coordinating body that develops shared policies, procedures, and practices to achieve advising excellence. 

This website is intended as a resource for the campus advising community and offers news, tools and information about advising at UC Berkeley and about the Advising Council. 

Please contact us at advisingcouncil@berkeley.edu with your questions and comments.

Upcoming Events

Techno-Advising: Innovative Advising Resources
February 3, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. l Sibley Auditorium
Best Self Forward: An Introduction to Strengths-Based Advising
February 10, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. l 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
Advising Transfer Students: Building a Transfer Receptive Culture
February 24, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. l 370 Dwinelle

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Student Questions?

This site is designed primarily as a resource for Berkeley advisors. Students seeking general advising information might want to visit College of Letters & Science Advising, or consult Resource, the official student handbook.