Departments, through their faculty advisors, are responsible for advising the majors in their program. Faculty should note that proper advisement includes an examination of both major/minor requirements and requirements for General Education and for graduation. A document with which all undergraduate advisors must become familiar is the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) report. DARS compares a student’s academic record with their program and degree requirements, and details progress toward meeting those requirements. However, the advisement responsibility goes well beyond a cursory examination of degree requirements, and the clerical task of signing off on a student’s registration. It is a serious and important activity that should be regarded as an opportunity to help the student succeed in her/his academic program, and to guide the student in meeting personal and professional goals. Good advisement is also a critical variable in student retention and progress to graduation. For good tracking of advisement and also because students sometimes wrongly claim that they have been misadvised, academic advisors are encouraged to keep records of all their advisement recommendations to students. It is good practice in the interests of avoiding advisement errors never to sign off on a student’s semester registration without checking the DARS. A requirement on DARS marked with a “-“ should never be ignored.
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