ROLES OF ACADEMIC
ADVISERS AND STUDENTS

The Academic Advising Centre (AAC) is Educor’s way of providing quality academic advising. Academic advising is a deliberate and collaborative relationship between the academic adviser and the student. It is also a systematic process of student-adviser relationship intended to support students in developing to their full potential. Academic advisers provide sustained academic support and individualized attention to promote each student’s success. However, successful academic advising requires equal commitment, dedication and engagement of all partners. Each partner has specific roles and responsibilities.

The Academic Advising Centre’s Role

The AAC’s key role is to nurture a college community that promotes student success. Other roles include:
Providing resources and professional development necessary for exemplary academic advising.
Seeking input from advisers and students when considering and implementing changes.
Recognize the value of excellence in academic advising.

Student’s Role

The student is an equal partner in the advising process. As a student you are ultimately responsible for your educational choices and decisions. You are expected to:

The Adviser’s Role

The adviser’s role is to mentor the student to reach his/her full potential. This requires the adviser to:
Clarify personal values, abilities, interests, and goals for academics and life.
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Prepare, plan and schedule advising sessions.
Believe in yourself.
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Identifying challenges/gaps in a student’s learning experience and provide required support.
Schedule regular appointments with your adviser as required or when in need of assistance.
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Be knowledgeable about academic curriculum and college policies and procedures and changes to them, where possible.
Be well prepared for advising sessions and have the appropriate resources or materials. It is useful to maintain your own Advising Portfolio including your educational plan and other details.
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Empower students to take responsibility for their academic success, to become independent thinkers and to be reflective.
Become knowledgeable and adhere to institutional policies, procedures, and requirements.
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Maintain confidentiality regarding the student’s academic record.
Have a list of questions ready for the adviser to ensure meaningful discussions.
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Encourage and guide student as they define and develop realistic goals.
Get to know your adviser.
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Provide students with information about academic research and strategies for utilizing the available resources and services on campuses.
Be open and receptive to talking with your adviser as all information is treated with strict confidence.
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Create and maintain an interactive environment encouraging mutual trust and open communication.
Create and maintain an interactive environment encouraging mutual trust and open communication.
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Guiding students to making informed decisions.
Refer all administrative queries to your campus administrator.
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Refer administrative and subject matter queries to the relevant brand/college/lecturer.
AAC calls will be reflected as 0873590976 on your mobile phone. The AAC is an outbound centre so you will not be able to dial in using that number. Contact details will be exchanged upon contact with your adviser.

Prof. Driekie Hay-Swemmer

Group Chief Academic Head

Nthabiseng Monica Dew

Acting Centre Manager