Mission statement

Advising mission statement

Academic advisement at Concordia will assist students in the development of meaningful educational plans that will be compatible with career goals so that they may be prepared for servant leadership to the church and world.

Philosophy

Academic advising at Concordia is one of the many ways in which students engage with academic advisors on an individual basis. Advisors and advisees work together to craft a unique, individual academic plan based upon each student’s strengths, weaknesses, and goals. Academic advisement the university is an affirmation of each advisee’s worth by showing God’s love, understanding, and respect through accurate and timely information and guidance. We view the advising relationship as an on-going conversation that transcends mere course selection and attempts to assist students as they explore the breadth of a liberal arts curriculum, experience college life, and prepare servant leaders for the church and world.

Expectations of the student

  • Share pertinent information that has a bearing on your academic career. The number of hours spent at work, responsibilities to family, financial aid status, and any other limitations are necessary information advisors need to be able to help you. Be active in your advising sessions!
  • Be open to developing and clarifying your personal values and goals.
  • Be familiar with Undergraduate Catalog and the Student Handbook. These are vital sources of information for your overall success.
  • Keep a record of graduation requirements and copies of ALL correspondence from the college and from meetings with your advisor.
  • Be willing to contact the appropriate student support services available on campus. The Student Handbook is an excellent resource.
  • Alert your advisor immediately if you begin to have difficulties that are affecting your coursework or continued enrollment.
  • Make use of Academic support services and tutoring when appropriate.
  • Accept responsibility for your decisions and actions. It is ultimately YOUR responsibility to fulfill the requirements for graduation.

Expectations of Academic Advisor

  • Interpret and provide rationale for academic policies, procedures, and requirements.
  • Provide feedback for educational transaction (e.g. schedules, add/drops, withdrawals, changes of major, etc.).
  • Listen carefully to student questions and concerns while maintaining confidentially.
  • Encourage and support each student as they gain the skills and knowledge necessary for success.
  • Refer students to campus resources when educational, attendance, financial, employment, or other personal problems require intervention by other professionals.