Advising is part of the responsibility of faculty. Good advising relies on faculty concern for the questions students have about their studies, their intellectual and personal development in and out of the classroom, and their goals after graduation. Advisors can make a critical contribution to students? success at Knox by helping students make thoughtful decisions based on a full understanding of the alternatives. Moreover, for many students an advisor is the one constant from term to term; advisors should know, understand, and appreciate each individual as such, so that a person?s larger concerns are taken into account in the advising process. An important component of the advising of first- and second-year students is the development of the student's Educational Plan, which is completed before the declaration of a major. Scheduling discussion of the Educational Plan into advising sessions is one way to help students to reflect on their education so far and to make plans for the future.
Providing accurate information to students is an important part of the advising process. Every faculty member is expected to know the graduation requirements and other academic regulations and policies of Knox College, or to know how to find out such information. Faculty members should be familiar with information in the Knox College Catalog, the Student Handbook, and Faculty Regulations. Faculty should also be familiar with the places they may turn for assistance, e.g., the Associate Dean of the College for interpretation of academic rules and procedures or for suggestions on planning strategies; the Dean of Students? staff and the College Counselor for students with personal problems; the Center for Teaching and Learning for students with study skill problems; the Director of the Center for Career and Pre-Professional Development and the faculty members designated as pre-professional advisors (e.g., Law, Medicine) for career information.
Advisors for first-year and other new students are assigned by the Associate Dean of the College; in the event of incompatibility, either the student or the faculty member may request a change. After a student declares a major, a member of the major department becomes the student?s advisor. In all cases the advisor?s responsibility is to help the student plan a liberal education, not just the major; advisors can give significant help to students as they choose among the many courses and programs available. Care should be taken to help students plan on-time completion of graduation requirements.
Exceptions to general education requirements are almost never granted; therefore, no student should be encouraged to expect that an exception will be granted.
Care should be taken to help students plan so that they meet the prerequisites for off-campus programs or for cooperative programs leading to professional degrees. Students should consult with the faculty members designated as advisors for these programs.