No single advisor can be expected to provide all of the information listed below; however, each advisor should know that the CLA advising system is dedicated to providing information and advice in all of the following areas:

  • Orientation to the College of Liberal Arts and Drew University-includes advice and consultation regarding the goals of a liberal arts education, the meaning of higher education, the purpose of disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies, the reasons for academic requirements, the expected standards of achievement, and the spirit and satisfaction of scholarly work.
  • Dissemination of information-includes advice and consultation about course offerings, areas of faculty interest and expertise, educational opportunities, degree programs, academic policies and procedures, as well as administrative procedures.
  • Short-range educational planning-includes advice and consultation on semester-by-semester program planning, selection of specific courses, the registration process, and schedule adjustments.
  • Long-range educational planning-includes advice and consultation about educational and professional objectives suited to the student’s interests and abilities, as well as identification of the relationship between courses, majors, programs, and occupations.
  • Student referrals-recognizes that the academic advisor cannot possibly meet all student needs but that specialized campus services are available for advice and consultation.
  • Monitoring Progress-following up with students periodically, especially those receiving Early Alert Warnings and ensuring that those on probation are meeting the requirements of their probation contract.

Adapted from the Pennsylvania State University Center for Excellence in Academic Advising website (

Advising-Related Resources for Faculty:

1.  NACADA Clearinghouse–Advising resources on a variety of issues from the National Academic Advising Association

2. GPA Calculator--Uses the same grading standards as Drew. Just plug in credits and grades and a GPA is automatically calculated for you.

3. What can I do with a Major in….? — A link to California State University–Fullerton’s comprehensive guide to career opportunities in a variety of majors.