Weber State University
Health Promotion and Human Performance
Syllabus: Academic Advising
Advisement Coordinator: Sherrie Jensen
Hall, Room 102
Mailing Address: Sherrie Jensen, Advisement
Dept of Health Promotion and Human
and Vickie Moyes College of Education
Weber State University
2801 University Circle
Ogden UT 84408-2801
Phone Numbers: (801) 626-7425 Office
(801) 626-6228 Fax
(801) 540-9453 Cell
Hours: By appointment, (the advisement coordinator’s schedule is posted
by the office door so that students may sign-up for appointments as needed.)
Resources: Weber State University Catalog
WSU & HPHP Department Websites
Department Brochure and Major/Minor Flyers
HPHP Student Resource Room, Wasatch
Hall Room 101
Academic Advising Description: Academic advising is an educational process that, by
intention and design, facilitates students’ understanding of the meaning and
purpose of higher education and fosters their intellectual and personal
development toward academic success and lifelong learning. (NACADA, 2004)
consistent with the mission statement that, “Weber
State University provides . . . programs designed to prepare students for
immediate employment or further study, at the same time equipping them through
liberal education for lifelong learning in a changing world. The process of learning is emphasized, as well
as accumulation of knowledge. . . . Extensive personal contact and support
among students, faculty, and staff create an enriched learning environment both
in and out of the classroom. . . ” academic advising provides students with an
opportunity to build a relationship with their advisor for the purpose of planning
their educational career; learn how to access campus resources and services
available to them; and, empower them to “claim their education”.
advising is a collaborative educational process whereby students and their
advisors are partners in meeting the essential learning outcomes, ensuring
student academic success, and outlining the steps for achievement of the
students’ personal, academic, and career goals. This advisor/student partnership
requires participation and involvement of both the advisor and the student as
it is built over the student’s entire educational experience at the university.
Both the student and the advisor have
clear responsibilities for ensuring that the advising partnership is
Objectives for the Advising Experience: Through the academic advising experiences at Weber State University students will:
- Demonstrate the ability to make effective
decisions concerning their degree and career goals.
- Develop an educational plan for successfully
achieving their goals and select courses each semester to progress toward
fulfilling that educational plan.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the value of
- Utilize the resources and services on campus to
assist them in achieving their academic, personal, and career goals.
- Be able to accurately read and effectively
utilize a degree evaluation (previously referred to as a graduation
evaluation) in their educational planning.
- Graduate in a timely manner based on their
Advisor Responsibilities: You can expect me, as your advisor, to:
- Understand and effectively communicate the
curriculum, graduation requirements and University policies and
- Assist students in understanding the purposes
and goals of higher education and its effects on their lives and personal
- Encourage and guide students as they define
realistic academic goals.
- Support students as they acquire the skills to
develop clear and attainable educational plans.
- Provide students with information about and
strategies for utilizing the available resources and services on campus.
- Monitor and accurately document discussions
regarding the student’s progress toward meeting their goals.
- Maintain the level of confidentiality provided
by the Buckley Amendment (FERPA).
- Assist students in gaining decision making
skills and skills in assuming responsibility for their educational plans
- Promote and encourage students to develop
productive working relationships with their professors.
Advisee Responsibilities: As an advisee, you have clear responsibilities in
order for the advising partnership to be successful. Among those responsibilities are the following:
- Schedule regular appointments or make regular
contacts with your advisor each semester.
- Come prepared to each appointment with questions
or materials for discussion; be an active learner by participating fully
in the advising experience.
- Ask questions when you do not understand an
issue or have a specific concern.
- Keep a personal record of your progress toward
meeting your goals. Organize
official documents (academic records, communications from professors or
the advisement coordinator—including emails, letters, and/or phone calls)
in a way that enables you to access them when needed.
- Clarify personal values and goals and provide
your advisor with accurate information regarding your interests and
- Become knowledgeable about University programs,
policies and procedures.
- Accept responsibility for your decisions.
- Respond to official notification from the advisement
coordinator (letters, emails, phone contacts, etc.) in a timely manner.
- Maintain effective working relationships with
advisors, faculty and administrators.
As a vital member of Weber State University’s
community of scholars you are implicitly engaged in a mutual working
relationship with faculty, staff, administrators and fellow students. Your commitment to the advising process is
essential as you progress in your pursuit of academic excellence.