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Toward A Mission Statement For Academic Advising

Wichita State University faculty and staff advisors work to promote progressive student responsibility, commitment to the pursuit of intellectual foundations, major clarification, disciplinary competence, academic success and preparation for career advancement. A major intent of academic advising is to challenge and encourage our students to participate in Wichita State's Metropolitan Advantage and to THRIVE in the WSU campus and Wichita communities and beyond.


This Handbook has been prepared specifically to assist you with your work in academic advising. Several biases influenced the preparation of this handbook:

  1. Quality advising is the shared responsibility of faculty, students and administrators;
  2. Advising is a teaching opportunity;
  3. Sound educational planning and decision making utilize a faculty advisor's knowledge and expertise, WSU resources, and a student's needs, interests, values and abilities;
  4. Faculty advisors can articulate and help students understand the relevance and inter-relatedness of the General Education Program and their majors in educational, personal and career contexts; and
  5. Advising can contribute to academic excellence and persistence.

We trust that you will find this Handbook to be a valuable resource. You may want to photocopy or print a page to give to a student. Comments and suggestions to improve its usefulness are encouraged and should be sent to Bob Rozzelle, I.T. Director, LAS Advising Center, Box 6, WSU-3700.

You can also email me:  bob.rozzelle@wichita.edu

Wichita State University is the academic home for approximately 15,000 students each semester. Each of these students brings unique potentials which can be enhanced through relationship with an academic advisor. Each also bring s family and community responsibilities, careers and academic expectations which usually add up to more than 100% of available time, energy and resources.

Because of this we, in our role as faculty advisors, have unique opportunities to assist students in meeting these demands, challenges, stresses and opportunities constructively and creatively.

The academic advising relationship is a vehicle we can use to share ourselves, our knowledge and our experience in a more personal way than is possible in the more formal class atmosphere. Good academic advising can help the student bridge the gaps between personal, academic and career requirements. Supported by good advising, students will clarify, plan, implement and monitor a program of study consistent with their values, goals, interests and abilities. This will lead to success and satisfaction in their personal, academic and career lives.

When students meet with their advisors, they come with varying needs and expectations. Generally WSU students want the following in advising:

  1. Accessibility – an advisor who is reasonably available for advising appointments and who conveys an attitude that says "advising is an important educational process;"
  2. Accurate information – an advisor who knows the current information regarding requirements, policies, procedures or where to find the information; an advisor who knows when to refer to another person or office;
  3. Advice – an advisor who is willing to challenge, recommend, encourage, without imposing his/her preferences; and
  4. Relationship – an advisor who is willing to sit face-to-face and care about the educational and career plans of the student.

Effective advising will enhance the likelihood of the following:

The elemental core of good academic advising, as in good classroom teaching, is the care and competence that you, as advisor, bring to the relationship with students to help them develop their unique potentials.

The Advising Process

Academic success and persistence are enhanced by an academic advising process which includes:


Academic advising is more than class schedule building. The shared relationship between student and advisor is an essential part of the University experience. As with any good relationship, each must contribute to make it work effectively.


Students can expect their advisors to listen and respond to their interests and concerns, to accept them as unique persons, to be reasonably accessible, to know policies, procedures and where to find information, and to be a personal resource for academic, career and life goals.


In turn, students are expected to initiate and maintain contact with their advisors; to discuss information that may affect academic performance (such as work and family commitments); to learn basic University, college and departmental requirements and to accept responsibility for meeting them; and to seek assistance when needed. A good academic advising relationship promotes academic excellence, success and achievement of educational goals.

Advisor Assignment

Students will be assigned an academic advisor from the department in which they major. If they are undecided about a major, an academic advisor from the LAS Advising Center will advise them. If students need to talk with an advisor before the start of the semester, they may contact the LAS Advising Center or the department or college office that houses that major.

Academic Advising at Wichita State

Wichita State University believes in the importance of quality academic advising. This includes the development of an ongoing relationship between a student and a knowledgeable advisor who cares about students' personal and intellectual development and their academic and career success. Students are challenged and encouraged to develop academic and career plans that uniquely fit their abilities, goals and aspirations. Academic advising is available through individual department offices and through the offices listed below.

Intended Major Advising and Administrative Assistance Available
Business Barton School of Business
114 Clinton Hall, (316) WSU-3245
Website: http://www.wichita.edu/business
Education College of Education
107 Corbin Education Center, (316) WSU-3300
Website: http://www.wichita.edu/education
Engineering College of Engineering
100 Wallace Hall, (316) WSU-3400
Website: http://www.wichita.edu/engineering
Fine Arts College of Fine Arts
415 Jardine Hall, (316) WSU-3389
Website: http://www.wichita.edu/finearts
Health Professions College of Health Professions
402 Ahlberg Hall, (316) WSU-3600
Website: http://www.wichita.edu/chp_advising
Liberal Arts & Sciences Declared Majors & (Exploratory) (Deciding)
Guests/Open Admission
LAS Advising Center
115 Grace Wilkie Hall, (316) WSU-3700

Academic Advisor's Handbook


Academic Advising - College/School

Academic Advising - Resources

Academic Calendar
Academic & Career Links
Academic Compentencies
Academic Coordinators by Department
Academic Department Links
Academic Forgiveness
Academic Honesty
Academic Outreach
Academic Policies
Academic Probation and Dismissal

Academic Recognition
Academic Resources for Success (ARS)
Accounting Lab
Administrative Withdrawal
Admission/Readmission guidelines
Advanced Placement (AP) Summary Sheet
Advisor News
ACT - American College Test
Associate of Arts (Accelerated & Non-Accelerated)
Athletes PASS Class
Athletes Guidelines


Bachelor of General Studies (LAS)
Bachelor of Arts Field Major (LAS)
Basic Academic Competencies
Business (Barton School of)


Campus Resources
Career Choice, Planning for
Career Network Experience
Career Services
Career Services: An Alternative to Wondering
Center for Student Leadership
Child Development Center
Classification of Students
CLEP Summary Sheet
Community College Liaisons
Complete Withdrawal Exit Form
Computer Labs
Conversation Group for Non-Native Speakers of English
Cooperative Education Program
Counseling & Testing Center
Course Numbers
Credit by exam
Credit/No Credit
Credit Points


Degree Audit
Degrees, WSU Undergraduate
Degrees, WSU Graduate
Disability Services
Dismissal from WSU
Double Line (see Academic Forgiveness)
Downtown Campus
Drop/Add Policy & Procedures


Education (College of)
Emergency Guidelines
Emory Lindquist Honors program
Employers, What They Want
Engineering (College of)
English Composition Course Descriptions

English Placement
English Placement Exam
English Proficiency Test
ESL Composition Placement
Ethics in Academic Advising
Exceptions to University Policy
Expectations of Advisors & Students


Faculty/Staff Phonebook
Feedback on Advising
Financial Aid - Academic Progress Guideline
Fine Arts (College of)
Foreign Student Academic Adjustments
Foreign Students: Strategies for Communicating With Non-native Speakers
Foreign Students-see also International Students
Full-Time Student
Further Studies Courses


General Education Program
General Education: 12 Principles of Strong Programs
General Studies Degree Option
GEP Additional Requirements
GEP Advising Checksheet
GEP Courses Listed by Time & Division
GEP Handbook
GEP, Importance of
GEP Interactive Advising Checksheet
GEP Summary of Requirements
Grade Point Average - How to compute it
Grade Point Average - How to raise it
GPA Calculator basic
GPA Calculator advanced
Grade Replacement Policy
Graduate School WSU


Handicapped (See Disability Services)
Handling Upset People
Health Professions (College of)
Honors Program (Emory Lindquist)


Incomplete Policy
Instructional Programs
Intellectual Skills
Intensive English Center
Interacting With Persons Who Have Physical Impairments
International Baccalaureate (IB) Summary Sheet
International Programs Office
International Programs/Study Abroad
International Student Advising
Introduction to Advisor's Handbook
Introductory Courses
Issues & Perspectives Courses


Job Skills, Transferable


Kansas Academic Advising Network


Language Facilities/Language Lab
LAS Advising Center
Advising Center On-line Publications
LAS Interdisciplinary courses

Late Drop guidelines
Late Withdraw guidelines
Learning Resource Center
Liberal Arts & Sciences (Fairmount College of)


Major & Career Planning Pages
Majors, Famous
Math Anxiety
Math Lab
Math Placement
Math Tutoring
Maximum Credit Hours
McNair Scholars Program
Metropolitan Advantage at WSU
Metropolitan Universities Declaration


National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)
National Student Exchange (NSE)
National Student Exchange (NSE) at WSU
Non-Credit Seminars
Non-Native Speakers of English
Non-Traditional Student Homepage


Off-Campus Courses
On-Campus Clubs & Organizations
On-line Resources (Web Resources)
Organizations and Activities


Passwords at WSU
Personal Educational Planning Worksheet
Philosophy Clinic
Physical Impairments, Interacting With Persons Who Have
Placement Guidelines
Placement Tests
Police - WSU
Potter & Shane Model
Pre-Law Recommendations
Pre-Medical Professions Prerequisites
Preprogram Status
Probation, Academic
Project Discovery Program


Qualified Admissions
Quarter Hour Conversion Scale


Readmission guidelines
Repeats (Replacement)
Returning Adults Homepage
Returning Adult Seminar
Rules and Regulations


SAT - Scholastic Aptitude Test
Scholarship information, general
Search Engine for this site
Semester Hour
Southside Campus
Special Programs & Services
Special Rules and Regulations
Student Activities Council
Student News
Student Success Courses
Student Success Program
Student Support Services
Study Abroad
Study Skills
Supplemental Instruction
Support Network


Time and Study
TOEFL Guidelines
Touch 'n Roll Registration
Transferable Skills
Transfer Equivalency Guides
Transfer Students
Transition Semester (Requirements)


Undergraduate Catalog
University 101 Courses
Upset People, Handling


Wichita Area Technical College Transfer Guidelines (WATC)
Wichita Area Technical College Transfer Procedure (WATC)
Web Resources (On-line Resources)
When Will I Graduate?
Writing Center
WSU West Campus