2013-2014 Guide to Academic Planning
The role of academic advising at Hendrix
Academic advising is an integral part of the broader academic program and goals
of the College. The aim of the advising program is to facilitate student academic
success by providing appropriate advice and assistance throughout each student’s
The Hendrix advising system
Each Hendrix student has a faculty advisor who serves as a central academic resource
and mentor to the student. All Hendrix academic advisors are full-time faculty members,
serving as advisors as a part of their teaching responsibilities at the College.
At Hendrix, academic advising is a cooperative educational partnership between
the faculty advisor and student advisee, grounded in mutual respect and a shared
commitment to student growth and success. This relationship respects the autonomy
and intellect of each student and acknowledges the broader developmental and educational
contexts within which academic advising occurs.
The work of advisors and advisees
On a basic level, advisors assist advisees in developing their understanding
of the academic curriculum, degree requirements, and expectations of the College.
They provide their advisees with relevant information concerning Hendrix academic
policies and procedures. They help advisees become familiar with the opportunities,
assistance, resources, and programs available to Hendrix students, and encourage
their engagement in Hendrix academic and community life.
More broadly, advisors facilitate and support their advisees in their ongoing
developmental process of identifying, clarifying, and evolving their individual
academic, professional, and life goals and values. More specifically, advisors assist
their advisees in developing a course of study in the liberal arts and sciences
that is consonant with these goals and values, including the selection of an academic
major consistent with their interests and abilities.
Though advisors and advisees work together in all areas related to academic planning,
final academic decision-making responsibilities, including the responsibility for
meeting each of the graduation requirements of the College, rest ultimately with
the student. Primary responsibility for timely, effective use of the academic advising
system also remains with the individual student.
To assist students and advisors in understanding the academic programs of the
College, including appropriate sequencing of courses in each major, and to promote
each student’s initiative and autonomy in directing his or her own academic program
and progress, Hendrix publishes a Guide
to Academic Planning each year. The
Hendrix Catalog and
Guide to Academic Planning are the two principal academic resource documents
of the College.
Selection and assignment of advisors
Academic advisors are assigned initially through the Council of New Student Advisors
(CNSA), a group of faculty selected and trained specifically to work with new students
at the College. Each CNSA faculty member has an Academic Peer Mentor, an upperclass
student who serves as an academic support and peer resource for that CNSA member’s
new student advisees.
Though students may change their advisor at any time after their initial course
registration (forms for this purpose are available through the Office of the Registrar),
most new students remain with their CNSA advisor at least through their first year
of study. At an appropriate point in the first or second year of study, when an
academic major has been identified and confirmed through work in courses and with
faculty in that major, each student selects a faculty advisor in his or her major
department. Juniors and senior students are expected to be advised by a faculty
member in their major department.
Advisees and advisors view their work together within the context of a mutual
commitment to student development and success at Hendrix and beyond. Advisees are
expected to be self-directed, progressively autonomous, and committed to their academic
and individual growth and success at Hendrix. Advisors share these expectations
and commitments with their advisees, making their expertise and support available,
as appropriate, to facilitate this student development and success. Advisors and
advisees are encouraged to visit regularly on all matters of academic interest or
Questions and other inquiries concerning the academic advising program may be
directed to the office of the
Director of Integrated Advising.