Academic Advising

Academic Advisors are a critical part of the college experience, student success, and retention. Academic advising is a personalized, interactive, and intentional process in which the advisor helps to empower students to set and achieve academic, career, and personal goals. Chicago State University adopts the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) core values to provide guidance for academic advisors. In order for the advisement process to be successful, advisors and students must create a working relationship.

Advising is a shared responsibility between advisor and advisee. Both parties must strive to collaborate and build partnerships by communicating regularly through in-person appointments, mail, telephone, and E-mail. Students and advisors working collectively will assist students in fulfilling their goals "one course at a time".


Chicago State University (CSU) is a public, comprehensive university that provides access to higher education for students of diverse backgrounds and educational needs. The university fosters the intellectual development an success of its student population through a rigorous, positive, and transformative educational experience. CSU is committed to teaching, research, service and community development including social justice, leadership and entrepreneurship.


Advisor and Student Responsibilities

Below is a list of some of the responsibilities of advisors as well as students. Additional responsibilities for advisors can be found in the Handbook for Academic Advisors and additional responsibilities for students can be found in the Student’s Handbook.

Advisor’s Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a student advocate and provide guidance to students as they set academic, career, and personal goals.
  • Must be aware of current university resources and provide students with the necessary referrals.
  • Be available to students.
  • Be a responsive listener.
  • Understand and communicate curriculum, graduation requirements, and university policies and procedures.
  • Assist students in understanding degree requirements.
  • Assist students in selecting courses based on individual interest and abilities.
  • Monitor progress toward career and educational goals.
  • Maintain confidentiality of student records.
  • Participate in advisor’s training and developmental sessions to keep informed and current.

Student’s Responsibilities:

  • Review and understand university policies and procedures.
  • Read the student handbook and ask for clarity for issues that you may not fully understand.
  • Learn to access and navigate through university technology.
  • Explore resources to assist in making career and academic decisions.
  • Schedule and attend advising appointment at least once per semester.
  • Prepare for advising sessions and bring relevant materials to appointment.
  • Bring a list of questions to appointments and ask questions if a topic is not understood.
  • Be familiar with requirements of selected major (s)/minor(s) and schedule courses in accordance with those requirements.