Good advi(s)e

Faculty, staff can help students mine NIU’s advising resources

Margee Myles

Margee Myles

Registration for the summer and fall semesters is just around the corner, so now is the time for students to sign up for appointments with their academic advisers.

“NIU’s academic advisers don’t just help students register for classes,” said Margee Myles, director of Student Services in the College of Education. “They have a variety of skills and resources that can help students avoid the pitfalls that often get in the way of a successful college experience.”

For example, she said, advisers can help students clarify their educational and life goals, develop a complete academic plan to keep them on track and on time for graduation, monitor their academic progress and even help find activities and opportunities to enhance the academic experience.

“Academic advising has been identified as a best practice for student retention, which is one of our primary goals here at NIU,” Myles said.

She adds, too, that faculty and staff often play a key role in making students aware of – and take advantage of – the advising resources here on campus.

Michelle Pickett

Michelle Pickett

That’s why she and academic advisers across campus urge faculty and staff to become familiar with the university’s advising resources and to make it a point to talk to their students about the benefits of meeting with their academic adviser early and often.

“It’s really everyone’s responsibility to make sure our students know about university resources that can help them complete their degree on time,” said Michelle Pickett, director of NIU’s Academic Advising Center.

For more information about how you can help encourage students sign up for academic advising at NIU, reach out to your college’s advising office or contact the Academic Advising Center at (815) 753-2573 or aac@niu.edu.

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