Student Responsibilities in the Advising Process

ResponsibilitiesThe benefits associated with our faculty advising program are many; it also entails a number of obligations on the student’s part. You are responsible for preparing for each advising session and providing certain information to your faculty advisor. By complying with these responsibilities, your advisor is better able to guide and facilitate your development thus allowing you to get more out of the program.

  1. Keep your faculty advisor informed about your academic progress and professional development.
  2. Meet with your faculty advisor every semester PRIOR to attempting to register for the next semester. Failure to do so will delay your registration as all engineering students are required to be advised prior to registration each semester.
  3. All students are assigned a specific registration date (you may view this date on MyUM under the Academics & Testudo tab).  Students should meet with their faculty advisor at least 2 weeks PRIOR to this assigned registration date.
  4. Be prepared for each meeting with your advisor.  Review your Degree Navigator audit and bring an updated copy of your 4 year plan, a printed copy of your unofficial transcript, and a list of courses you plan to take the following semester.
  5. While your advisor is there to provide guidance and structure, you are ultimately responsible for fulfilling your degree requirements and graduating in a timely matter. These responsibilities include making decisions about your class schedule, whether or not to pursue specific educational options, which CORE electives to take, etc.
  6. Any concerns you are not able to discuss with your advisor, you may discuss with Dr. Norman Wereley (department chair), Dr. Robert Sanner (undergraduate program director), or Aileen Hentz (undergraduate program, assistant director). If need be, you may also talk with an advisor in the School of Engineering’s Office of Undergraduate Advising & Academic Support located at 1131 Glenn L. Martin Hall, 301-405-9973.

Additionally, as a college student, you are responsible for:

  • Monitoring your own academic progress
  • Knowing the degree requirements of the college and major of interest
  • Communicating with your advisor or department regarding issues and/or concerns about academics or student life
  • Learning and understanding your course material
  • Attending classes
  • Managing your time
  • Becoming familiar with resources on and off campus
  • Understanding and adhering to university policies, as well as the Academic Policies of the Clark School