Student Advisement

Guiding Principles of Advisement

Advisement in Steinhardt

works in concert with the school's mission to prepare students to challenge conventions, redefine the educational process, and lead in a dynamic, changing, global society.

Advisement in Steinhardt is:

  • a process of shared responsibility and works best when both the student and adviser are active participants.
  • integral to the academic experience and plays a key role in student satisfaction, success, and retention.
  • comprehensive, holistic, and developmental, beginning at recruitment, continuing throughout orientation, and undergraduate and/or graduate study, and may extend to alumni/alumnae.
  • sensitive to the needs of a diverse, global student population.
  • organized by department, may vary in format by program, and is connected to school and university resources through the Office of Student Affairs.
  • reviewed and evaluated regularly to ensure ongoing high quality and best practices.

The Role of the Student

Students are responsible for planning and making decisions about their academic, professional and personal paths. They work in concert with their advisers to:

  • refine educational and career goals
  • understand academic and professional expectations
  • craft a meaningful program of study
  • engage in professional, personal, and career development

In particular the students:

  • understand the philosophy that guides the discipline/major
  • learn about degree requirements, including prerequisites, electives, and course sequencing
  • develop an academic plan that meet requirements for the successful completion of the degree and the maintenance of good academic standing
  • plan a program of study that integrates other academic options and opportunities (e.g. study abroad, independent study, honors courses, co-curricular and professional activities)
  • are aware of and adhere to the policies, procedures, and deadlines that guide undergraduate and/or graduate study (e.g. drop/add, registration, pass/fail option, etc.)
  • initiate meetings and actively prepare for consultation with their adviser, bringing a planned schedule and concerns and/or questions for discussion
  • are familiar with school/university student services and resources and actively seek assistance when needed
  • pursue professional development opportunities by engaging with faculty, alumni/alumnae,  professional organizations, and career resources on campus

The Role of the Advisor

Advisers are a primary point of entry into the Steinhardt community and the academic department. As professional and academic mentors throughout a student’s academic tenure, advisers interface with students, faculty, field placement supervisors, and administrative offices to serve as a core connection between a student’s classroom learning, professional development, and co-curricular opportunities.  They work in concert with their advisees to:

  • refine educational and career goals
  • understand academic and professional expectations
  • craft a meaningful program of study
  • facilitate professional, personal, and career development

In particular the adviser:

  • communicates the philosophy that guides the academic discipline/major
  • explains degree requirements, including prerequisites, electives, and course sequencing
  • assists in developing an academic plan that meet requirements for the successful completion of the degree and the maintenance of good academic standing
  • oversees the planning of a program of study that integrates other academic options and opportunities (e.g. study abroad, independent study, honors courses, co-curricular and professional activities)
  • explains and clarifies the policies, procedures that guide undergraduate and/or graduate study (e.g. drop/add, registration, pass/fail option, etc.)
  • prepares for consultation by maintaining up to date records, monitoring student progress, retention and success, and provides a safe and confidential environment for concerns and/or questions
  • refer students to school/university student services and resources, as appropriate
  • proactive in addressing student issues
  • connects the student with professional development opportunities through faculty, departments, professional organizations, and career resources on campus

 Advisers also pursue their professional development by:

  • connecting to professional resources for continued improvement of advisement, e.g. professional development networks, conferences, and other resources
  • actively participating in the intellectual and educational life of their departments, Steinhardt, and NYU
  • analyzing and monitoring academic retention patterns and success rates for recruitment
  • reviewing and evaluating advisement quality