Advising Syllabus and Resources

Academic Advising Syllabus

Advisor Information
Heather Asmus
Spirit Lake Campus Supervisor / Advisor
Office Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM, or by appointment

Advising Framework

Philosophy: Academic advising is an ongoing collaboration between advisor and advisee.  It is an intentional and interactive process that requires commitment and participation from both the advisor and advisee.  The advising partnership will focus on achieving learning outcomes, promoting academic success, and pursuing identified goals.

Advising Curriculum: Academic advising is teaching, designed to complement learning and instruction both in and out of the classroom. 


Advisor Responsibilities:

·         Effectively communicate curriculum, graduation requirements, and policies of the college

·         Provide a safe and confidential environment in which you may share your aspirations, concerns, interests, successes and challenges. 

·         Support and encourage your success academically, personally, and professionally

·         Assist in developing realistic goals and identifying personal learning styles

·         Address immediate academic needs and concerns by suggesting strategies / resources for a successful resolution

·         Provide appropriate assessment, interpretation, and discussion of assessment results

·         Provide appropriate referrals as needed

·         Support the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills

Advisee Responsibilities:

·         Demonstrate commitment to your education at Iowa Lakes Community College

·         Schedule and attend 2 (minimum) advising appointments each semester

·         Frequently check your Iowa Lakes email account, and respond to communications from your advisor / faculty

·         Arrive at advising appointments prepared with questions, topics of discussion, and appropriate materials

·         Discuss all scheduling decisions and changes before taking action

·         Communicate with your advisor when you are facing challenges.  Do not assume your advisor will figure out the problem on his or her own.

Advising Outcomes:

·         Students will develop an education plan for successfully achieving individual goals and completing their program of study.

·         Students will be able to identify and hone their individual learning strengths.

·         Students will understand how an associate’s degree will benefit their long-term goals.

·         Students will possess the necessary skills and confidence for self-advocacy.

·         Students will be able to accurately read a degree audit

·         Students will be aware of various resources and services offered at Iowa Lakes Community College

·         Students will understand processes and policies of Iowa Lakes Community College

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