The academic advising handbook is an online document that is designed to aid faculty and staff members in their roles as an advisor. The academic advising handbook is updated on a regular basis to reflect changes in advising procedures. Suggested course sequences are updated on an annual basis to reflect any changes in curriculum.
All freshmen entering Milligan University are assigned a faculty mentor who will function as the academic advisor for that year. All other students will be assigned an advisor, usually from within the discipline in which the student is majoring. Milligan University requires regular meetings between students and their academic mentors or advisors—three meetings per semester for freshmen and once per semester for all other students. At one of those meetings, the advisor approves a student’s schedule of classes for the following semester. Failure to meet with academic advisors will result in an inability to register for classes.
Students are especially encouraged to consult with advisors on a regular basis. While a student‘s satisfactory progress toward graduation is the responsibility of the student, regular contact with one‘s advisor can help ensure timely progress toward graduation.
All faculty members who have been at Milligan University for more than one year will have advising responsibilities unless excused by the academic dean. First year faculty members are not required to provide academic advising. Academic advising by first year faculty members is strongly discouraged.
Faculty members are expected to keep appropriate records for students in an advising folder. Advisors are encouraged to keep accurate records in an advising folder for each student that they advise. The Registrar’s office has a standard form for advising; however, faculty members are free to use or construct any form that they feel is most helpful to them in the advising process.
Faculty members are expected to meet with their advisees prior to registration and approve their schedules via self-service. After their advisees register for classes, the advisor must review the students’ schedule electronically and approve their classes.