Advising is an important component of your academic life, and a major resource for your academic success at NIU. There are academic advisors available for each of our over 50 undergraduate majors within 6 undergraduate colleges who can provide specialized advisement according to your chosen academic program. In addition, students who are undecided -- any college receive advising through the Academic Advising Center.
Your advisor can help you:
As a student, you are responsible for your academic progress at NIU. You must make decisions based on the information, alternatives, limitations, and possible consequences as you explore with your advisor. To develop and maintain a good advising relationship, it is your responsibility to:
a developmental process, which assists students in the clarification of their life/career goals and in the development of educational plans for the realization of these goals. It is a decision-making process by which students realize their maximum educational potential through communication and information exchanges with an advisor; it is ongoing, multifaceted, and the responsibility of both student and advisor. The advisor serves as a facilitator of communication, a coordinator of learning experiences through course and career planning and academic progress review, and an agent of referral to other campus agencies as necessary.
David S. Crockett, Ed. (1987). Advising Skills, Techniques and Resources: A Compilation of Materials Related to the Organization and Delivery of Advising Services. Iowa City, Iowa. ACT Corporation.