The goals of advising are:

Facilitate, Engage, Support, and Acclimate Students to Goucher College

  • Students will be active, involved, and informed advisees who understand how to navigate the college registration process, know the resources available on campus, are able to develop a four-year plan for a course of study, and make informed decisions about their study abroad choice as a means to enhance their learning.
  • Students will identify with and become involved in the Goucher community.
  • Students will understand and accept the expectations placed upon them and will strive for excellence in all academic endeavors.
  • Students will appreciate and value learning as a lifelong learning process.
  • Students will learn to explain choices and decisions with clarity.

Responsibilities of the Advisee

  • Know how to contact your adviser and prepare for advising meetings
  • Know how to navigate the registration process
  • Formulate a four-year academic plan
  • Know the requirements for your major(s) and minor(s)
  • Select courses based on knowledge of interests, strengths, and requirements and be able to justify choices
  • Select a study abroad opportunity that enhances your educational experience
  • Know how to look at and evaluate your academic plan and transcript on line
  • Know what services are available for support at the college
  • Know what it takes to be a successful student
  • Know how to be a member of the Goucher community

Responsibilities of the Adviser

  • Assist in formulating an academic plan
  • Explain general education, major, and other curricular requirements
  • Meet with student on a regular basis to discuss his/her academic interests
  • Recommend opportunities for personal and academic growth
  • Aid student in making connections, making sense, and making informed decisions about their needs in order to succeed at the college
  • Interpret institutional procedures
  • Refer students to specific campus or community resources that help with unique needs
  • Encourage students to meet with professors, or refer to appropriate academic resources on campus
  • Help identify activities and programs on campus that reflect student's interest