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Academic Advising

Friend, confidant, sage. An academic advisor is a key resource for students freshman through senior years.

An academic advisor is a faculty member who assists students in:

  • Making their own decisions
  • Understanding the opportunities and challenges of college, particularly the value of a liberal arts experience
  • Gaining accurate information regarding policies, procedures, requirements, curriculum, registration, graduation and deadlines
  • Selecting courses and opportunities that fulfill program requirements and their educational, personal and career goals
  • Obtaining internships, admission to graduate school and employment
  • Learning about and utilizing campus resources, such as Career Services, tutoring and Counseling Services

How Does a Student Get a Faculty Advisor?

By the second week of classes, he or she is assigned a faculty member to serve as an academic advisor. This person is a faculty member within the student's major. If the student is undecided, the advisor is selected based on the student's interest in a particular major or is a faculty member who specializes in advising undecided students.

Can an Advisor Assist a Student in Getting Help in a Class?

Yes. All the student needs to do is ask. The advisor can refer the student to the Learning Center, where the student can get tutoring in almost all subjects and where he or she can learn valuable study skills. The advisor also can recommend the Writing Center for help with writing papers.

Will an Advisor Help a Student Choose a Major?

During the first two years of a student's BW experience, he or she will explore a multitude of academic areas. Gaining this breadth of knowledge is an advantage of a liberal arts education. An academic advisor encourages a student to explore while still making sure he or she is fulfilling core requirements.

How Do Advisors Communicate With Their Advisees?

In addition to meeting with their students, advisors can communicate through email and BW's internal portal.

Will the Advisor Know if a Student Isn't Doing Well in a Class?

If a freshman is earning lower than a C- in a class at the end of the 6th week, the student's professor will send an academic warning to the student and to the student's advisor. If there is concern about a student not coming to class or about a change in the student's behavior, a BW staff member will work with the student to help resolve the issue.