Tools for a Successful Faculty Advisor

Faculty advisors play a major role in student success. Below are tools that will aid in successful advising of students in your program(s).

Faculty Advising Tools

Huskies Advising and Registration Programs Meet brand new Huskies

Advising and Student Transitions coordinates Huskies Advising & Registration for students newly admitted to the university. Students are invited to reserve spots for an advising day on our web-based reservation system.

New Entering First Year (NEF) and New Entering Transfer (NET) students are required to complete a Huskies Advising & Registration program before they can register for classes. This program is the cornerstone of a student's onboarding experience to the SCSU academic community. 

Flexible programming is offered through on-campus (in-person) events, Zoom events, a self-paced option through D2L, or individual appointments with success advisors. We partners with faculty advisors and chairs in academic departments to individually advise incoming transfer students based on previous coursework. 

Liberal Education Program (MNTC) Putting the pieces of the puzzle together

The Liberal Education Program (LEP) at St. Cloud State believes liberal education provides knowledge, skills and experiences and promotes critical thinking and ethical values for a lifetime of integrative learning in a diverse and changing society.

The LEP is the liberal arts portion of a bachelor's degree and provides opportunities to explore academic interests and the development of transferable skills which apply to all careers.

  • The Liberal Education Curriculum is organized into 10 goals. 
  • Students must achieve the 10 goals through courses or experiences and earn at least 40 credits in liberal education courses.  
  • Liberal Education courses may be double counted as courses required for a major or minor.
  • Each student must complete three courses designated as Diversity courses. 
  • Students may take no more than one course from any one department. 
  • Beginning with Fall 2021, students must complete one approved Racial Issues (RIGR) course. See Goal 7 for approved Racial Issues courses.
  • Explore all options for goal area courses in the University Catalog.
  • General Education: Find general education information in the University Catalog.
Refer to your individual advisee's degree audit report (DARs) to track completion of the general education program.
Major/Minor Advisor Updates Keep us in the know

Advising & Student Transitions is responsible for making advisor assignments for all undergraduate, degree-seeking students on campus (advising updates within Herberger Business School are managed by the Business Advising Center). Each semester, academic departments are contacted to update their faculty advisor roster to address retirements, sabbaticals, and other departures. This list is used to assign new students and to reassign current students who have chosen majors or minors within a department. 

Students with fewer than 60 credits are assigned to a staff advisor within Advising and Student Transitions. After a student has earned 60 credits, they will be reassigned to a faculty member for advising and the staff advisor will remain connected to the student as a Success Coach. Pre-nursing students transition when students are admitted into the nursing program. HBS students transition when student achieves upper division status.

Major/minor Advisee Changes
Phone: (320) 308-6075

Training and Workshops Stay in the know

We strongly encourage advisors to take the "Advising @ SCSU" course in D2L Brightspace.

Advising training is offered through Advising & Student Transitions to faculty who would like to learn more about:

  • General Education / Liberal Education Program (LEP)
  • University academic policies
  • Degree Audit Reports (DARs)
  • Transfer Credits
  • Advising approaches (developmental & appreciative)
  • EAB's Navigate

NACADA, The Global Community for Academic Advising, is an association made up of professional advisors, faculty, counselors, administrators, and students working towards enhancing education development for graduate students. Their website has vast information regarding theories in advising, best practices, and professional development opportunities. 

Transfer Credits

Many students come to St. Cloud State University with earned college credit from other institutions, college-readiness programs, Advanced Placement tests, and other means of obtaining college credit. Below are some links that may be helpful in understanding what transfer credits are and how they apply to students.

What Transfers to St. Cloud State?
Faculty Advising Resources and Tools
Major Transfer Guides

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EAB's Navigate Empower your work with students

EAB's Navigate improves campus engagement, retention and graduation rates. Navigate empowers faculty and staff to better support students.

Improving our communication strategies and expanding our use of predictive analytics helps students stay enrolled, make timely progress toward a degree and graduate with a strong sense of purpose.

Advisors can help by using tactics such as shared note-taking, progress reports and the creation of alerts for students struggling in your classes.

Navigate can be used to schedule one-on-one advising appointments and group advising appointments.