What You Need to Know, Understand and Do

As you progress toward graduation, do you often wonder what you should know and be able to do, as it relates to the academic advising process? Here is a simple checklist for you to rate yourself in the following areas:

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1.  Your Development as Self/Learner

  • Realistically self-assess and recognize your own level of performance and how it contributes to your educational goals inside and outside the classroom.

 2.  Your Knowledge of Resources

  • Be able to determine when and how to seek out USM resources which are most appropriate, and, when necessary, to explore external resources.

 3.  Your Competence in the Processes of Advising & Registration

  • Understand and follow the processes and deadlines associated with advising and registration throughout the semester and the year.

 4.  Your Active Participation in the Advising Relationship

  • Identify, interpret, and appreciate the advisor/advisee relationship and recognize how fostering this relationship can contribute to your success.

 5.  Your Informed Transition through your Major

  • Identify components of a USM degree (general education requirements/ core curriculum, majors, concentrations, minors, and electives).

6.  Your understanding of the relationship between an Academic Major and your career interest.

  • Be able to identify interests, abilities, goals, values and relate them to the career development process.


Do You Know:

  • Who your academic advisor is?

  • How to complete the various forms related to enrollment?

  • The range of University resources available to you?

  • About developmental opportunities at USM and how they will help you reach your goals?

  • About minor degree requirements?

  • What the career opportunities are within your major?

  • Your possible eligibility for financial assistance and/or scholarships?


Do You Understand:

  • How to develop a balanced academic schedule and graduation plan?

  • The impact of internal and external commitments on college success?

  • Program requirements (University, college, and departmental)?

  • The range of University resources available to you?

  • That academic advising is a collaborative process?

  • The difference between the role of faculty within the classroom and the role of faculty as academic advisor and mentor?

  • The importance of establishing a relationship with your advisor?

  • Where you are in your educational/career development process?

  • Policies and procedures within the course catalog?

  • Various terminology used in the advising process; advanced registration, enrollment PIN, Wish list, Add/Drop, Withdrawal, Major, GO program?

 Do You:

  • Prepare for registration using the catalog, course search, and your Advising Report?

  • Register for semester courses using MaineStreet?

  • Work toward the development of an understanding of how your choices of courses and majors fit into larger life plans?

  • Identify experiences that will enhance your career objectives and/or post graduate options?

  • Develop a balanced schedule and graduation plan?

  • Develop relationships with your advisor, faculty, and peers?

  • Take responsibility for your role in the academic advising process?

  • Choose courses based on self-awareness and academic interests?

  • Value and appreciate opportunities in the core curriculum and electives?

  • Meet with your faculty mentor/advisor to discuss career/life goals?