Advising Mission Statement

The mission of the academic advising program within the Student Success Center is to prepare and empower students for college success by developing a collaborative relationship between the advisor and the student which promotes the personal, educational, and career and professional development of the student.

For general advising questions, email

To contact a specific advisor, please go to Contact Us.

Advisor Responsibilities:

  • Understand and effectively communicate the curriculum, graduation requirements, and university and college policies and procedures.
  • Encourage and guide students as they define and develop realistic goals.
  • Encourage and support students as they gain the skills to develop clear and attainable educational plans.
  • Provide students with information about and strategies for utilizing the available resources and services on campus.
  • Assist students in understanding the purposes and goals of higher education and its effects on their lives and personal goals.
  • Monitor and accurately document students’ progress toward meeting their goals.
  • Be accessible for meeting with advisees via office hours for advising, telephone, ore-mail.
  • Assist students in gaining decision making skills and skills in assuming responsibility for their educational plans and achievements.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Assist students in working closely with their professors.

Advisee Responsibilities

As an advisee, you have clear responsibilities in the advising partnership to be successful:

  • Schedule regular appointments or make regular contacts with advisor during each semester.
  • Come prepared to each appointment with questions or material for discussion.
  • Be an active learner by participating fully in the advising experience.
  • Ask questions if you do not understand an issue or have a specific concern.
  • Keep a personal record of your progress toward meeting your goals.
  • Organize official documents in a way that enables you to access them when needed.
  • Complete all assignments or recommendations from your advisor.
  • Gather all relevant decision-making information.
  • Clarify personal values and goals and provide advisor with accurate information regarding your interests and abilities.
  • Become knowledgeable about college programs, policies, and procedures.

Student Success Center

Contact Information

Shawnee State University
Student Success Center
Massie Hall, 1st Floor
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662

(740) 351-3594

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