What is advising?

Academic Advising in the School of Public Health-Bloomington is an ongoing conversation that you have with your academic advisor, about your academic goals, academic progress, and any factors in your life which enhance or detract from these goals.  SPH requires all students to meet at least once every semester with your academic advisor, prior to the next semester’s registration, but advising is much more than program planning.  Advising is your chance to meet with an advisor who is an experienced teacher, who knows your curriculum, SPH, and IU well, and who can help you maximize all your opportunities here.  Through advising, you can become a more informed decision-maker, who can think of your education in a more organized and meaningful way. 

In addition to required program planning, here is a sample of the kinds of things you may discuss with your   advisor.

  • How to think about your education and understand the curriculum
  • How to choose courses, minors, and out-of-class experiences to maximize your academic and professional goals
  • How to review your options when struggling in a class
  • How to use particular advising tools, from the Advisement Report to the Schedule of Classes
  • How to become involved at IUB, and which student organizations might match your interests and goals
  • How to make the most of campus resources (e.g., Office of Student Financial Aid, Bursar, scholarships, libraries, IU Health Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, arts organizations)
  • How to connect with career services
  • How to plan for graduate school
  • How to plan for studying abroad
  • Anything else you think is relevant to your success and fulfillment at IUB

Advisors have more available time in September and February, so please make good use of this window to get to know your advisor and to work on the fine points of your education.

Here’s the official answer from the National Academic Advising Association: Academic advising, based in the teaching and learning mission of higher education, is a series of intentional interactions with a curriculum, pedagogy, and a set of student learning outcomes. Academic advising synthesizes and contextualizes students’ educational experiences within the frameworks of their aspirations, abilities and lives to extend learning beyond campus boundaries and timeframes (National Academic Advising Association, 2006).