The Humboldt Advising Program
At Humboldt State, we pride ourselves on establishing and maintaining strong personal bonds with our students. We talk about the low faculty-to-student ratio, and note with satisfaction that Humboldt students get to know their professors. Advising is another opportunity for us to build on this tradition. To that end, we’ve developed and maintain a strong advising network for our students. It reaches out to support them before their first day of class through orientation advising, continues as we help them identify, pursue, and achieve their educational goals, and even, in some cases, continues after graduation, as advisors respond to requests for letters of recommendation to help launch budding careers and/or graduate work.
New students attend their first advising sessions during Orientation where they meet with peer, staff, and faculty advisors. Once enrolled each student is officially assigned to a faculty advisor connected to his/her major program, and notified by the Registrar’s Office of the advisor’s name, department, and phone number. Students who have yet to declare a major are assigned an advisor from the Advising Center, and students who are affiliated with our Educational Opportunity Program are assigned an EOP advisor for their first year, after which the transition to the faculty advisor occurs.
Students are required to contact their advisor at least once a semester prior to registration to ensure they have an opportunity to discuss their schedule plans and they have the information required to advance toward their degree. To that end, each advisor receives a list of their advisees’ names, pertinent registration information, and appointment time and registration access codes. Ideally, these are given to the student during an advising session. However, advisors and students who limit their contact to this one structured meeting will not experience the full benefit of the advisor/advisee relationship. So, students are also encouraged to seek out their advisors at other times in the semester, for help with clarifying goals, adjusting to (and thriving in) university life, help with planning short and long term academic schedules, exploring internship and career possibilities, minors or supplementary programs, information on academic requirements and policies, and referral to other campus resources. And advisors are encouraged to initiate conversations and contacts as well.
If the heart of the advising program at Humboldt is the relationship between a student and his/her official advisor, there is also a network of campus services that support and supplement that relationship. The Advising Center, the Learning Center, the Career Center, the Humboldt Orientation Program , the Office of the Registrar,, the Student Disability Resource Center, and department office coordinators, residence hall staff and advisors, all do work vital to helping students explore, clarify, and succeed in achieving their academic goals, and all stand ready to offer advisors resources that help them to do the same.