Advising Syllabus

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Objectives of Academic Advising

  • Support your efforts in reaching your academic degree or objectives
  • Encourage your involvement in co-curricular experiences that will increase the value of your college experience, develop your leadership abilities and aid in job placement
  • Promote your involvement in experiential learning (i.e., volunteer services and internships) to help you explore and clarify your career options
  • Help you connect your college experience with your goals
  • Be an academic coach to you by providing you with support and advocacy
  • Connect you to campus support services and faculty advisors who can best help you succeed academically and personally

Your Role as Advisee

  • Keep your scheduled advising appointments
  • Be prepared for your appointments; time spent preparing before the appointment can help your advisor be more effective in helping you focus on important issues and answering your questions. A true advisor is someone who gives advice, which you, in turn, use to make final decisions for yourself
  • Be honest and open; if you are having a personal problem that is interfering with your studies, please do not be afraid to share this with your advisor, as they may be able to provide solutions

My Role as Advisor

  • I will help you discover your strengths, skills and abilities to make the most of your college experience. If you are undecided about a major or career, I can help you identify your options and make referrals to people who can help you match your personal interests, values, and abilities with your choices
  • I will encourage you to dream about your hopes for the future (e.g., college, major, career). If you already know your major and/or career, I will help you confirm your choice—to make sure it is a decision that is best for you and co-create a design (e.g., course load, co-curricular activities). I will support you as you work to deliver your plan. Finally, I will encourage you to celebrate your successes while challenging you not to be satisfied until you achieve your full potential
  • I will be a good listener. If you have an issue I cannot help with, I will connect you with someone who is more qualified to help
  • I see advising and teaching as closely related because in the process of reaching decisions about your future, you will also be learning a considerable amount about yourself, improving your goal-setting, clarifying your values, and developing your critical thinking and decision-making skills. This knowledge will enable you to make decisions about your future that will improve the quality of your personal and professional life

First Meeting After Orientation (After classes begin)


  • Run your DAR, Degree Audit Report. If you don't know how, advisors will be happy to assist you, or you can obtain DAR help from the One Stop.
  • Bring any questions concerning prospective majors


  • Explain how to interpret your DAR, select appropriate courses for the upcoming terms, and track progress towards graduation
  • Answer questions pertaining to myMiami, email, BannerWeb, mid-semester grades etc.
  • Discuss major options, application procedures and restrictions
  • Respond to concerns/questions about transition to college
  • Assist with registering online

Second Meeting with an Advisor (Typically second semester of your first year)


  • Run your DAR. If you don't know how, you can obtain DAR help from the One Stop.
  • List courses that you'd like to take to review with an advisor
  • Start thinking about what majors you might be interested in pursuing; if you not yet decided, have a short list of options
  • Connect with your faculty advisor (when you have declared a major) for more in-depth major information, and to inquire about co-curricular and internship opportunities


  • Review student's schedule
  • Discuss major/career choices
  • Provide Oxford relocation information, if relevant
  • Discuss short-term vs. long-term goals

Global Miami Plan

The Global Miami Plan for Liberal Education coursework and co-curricular programming emphasizes four basic goals:

  • Thinking Critically
  • Understanding Contexts
  • Engaging with Other Learners
  • Reflecting and Acting