“Good advising may be the single most underestimated characteristic of a successful college experience.”
–Richard Light, Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds (2001)
Advising is something each of us does, more often than we realize. It’s not just helping a student pick classes or talking with them about grades, careers, or graduate school. Advising means teaching our students the skills they need to succeed, first here at Mars Hill, and then in the world of work once they graduate. Advising IS teaching, and as a faculty that values teaching so highly, we understand the importance of advising well. We also need to understand that advising is not something we do alone—it is a team effort. When we help an advisee get in touch with the right person, we model asking for help and problem solving; we show them how to make use of available resources. Here you will find some of the resources you will need to be a more effective advisor. See below for the Academic Advising Handbook and other useful resources. Go to the “General Resources” page for four-year plans, course rotation sequences, and other resources for you and your advisees.