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Responsibilities of the Advisor and Advisee

Responsibilities of the Academic Advisor

One of the most important things that faculty do is to encourage and empower students to take full responsible for their own educational experience.  Faculty members take this role very seriously and strive diligently to mentor students as they journey through their college experience. Below is a list of faculty academic advising responsibilities, tasks that will help students successfully progress through their educational experience at Bridgewater College.

It is the responsibility of the faculty academic advisor to:

  • Develop a mentoring relationship with students by getting to know their academic interests and needs and offering assistance to help them have a successful academic experience.
  • Help students navigate the course planning process and develop a four-year educational plan that fits their interests and capabilities
  • Assist students in connecting their educational plan with their career and life goals (in other words, to help students make meaning of their college experience)
  • Encourage students to take advantage of opportunities available at the college (internships, research, Interterm experiences, study abroad, student clubs and organizations, etc.) to broaden and enrich their educational experience
  • Connect students to appropriate campus resources in order to enhance their academic success, whether that be in assisting students with academic struggles through connecting them with Academic Support Services or Counseling Services or encouraging students to take on greater academic challenges such as joining Flory Fellows or getting involved in independent research.
  • Commit to student development by nurturing students’ self-reliance and independent decision making.  In the end, the goal is for students to become personally accountable for their educational experience

Responsibilities of the Student Advisee

The most important thing that students should recognize is that they are ultimately responsible for their own educational experience at Bridgewater College.  To help you with this responsibility, the list below will help you successfully progress through your educational experience at Bridgewater College.

It is the responsibility of the student advisee to:

  • Know the academic policies and procedures that impact your educational experience. Academic policies and procedures are available in The Eagle student handbook and the academic catalog
  • Monitor your own progress toward degree completion. Students are responsible for making satisfactory progress toward degree completion, which involves knowing the degree requirements, general education requirements and major requirements.
  • Prepare, in advance, for course planning meetings with your academic advisor. Prior to meeting with your advisor, do some preliminary course planning (see the registrar's webpage for assistance.)  Be sure to take planning notes and a course planning worksheet to the meeting, along with specific questions you have about course planning or the overall educational experience.
  • Make the most of your educational experience.  Take advantage of other educational opportunities available on campus such as service-learning, internships, independent research, study abroad or travel courses, the honors program or other off-campus activities that will further help integrate knowledge with practice [e.g., summer jobs specific to your field, mission trips, summer science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs)].  Take time to talk with your faculty about aspects of a course you are interested in, their research endeavors, etc.  Remember all faculty members, including but not exclusively the academic advisor, can serve as mentors, useful informational resources and, of course, references for future graduate school and job applications.
  • Create a four-year educational plan. In collaboration with the academic advisor, develop a four-year educational plan that not only includes general education and major coursework but also other learning experiences such as internships that you want as part of the educational experience and goals that you have set during the time at Bridgewater College. Generally it is solidified with the academic advisor during the sophomore year when you complete the Plan of Major. This plan can be changed over time, but it is the official road map to making progress toward degree completion and having a successful experience at Bridgewater College.
  • Get acquainted with resources available to students. The best places to begin are the MyBC portal and  The Eagle student handbook
  • Become an engaged student.  Be the student that comes to classes prepared and having thought critically about the content. Actively participate in the class by asking questions and contributing to discussion or small group activities. Attend convocations each semester, participate in a student club or organization or play a sport and attend Eagle Productions or athletic events.
  • Become a successful student. Successful students learn or refine current study strategies to effectively learn classroom content. If you need assistance with these strategies, contact the academic advisor and academic support services. Successful students also integrate the knowledge they are learning into their daily lives, share this knowledge with others and act on their curiosity by seeking out further information. In essence, successful students become lifelong learners.
  • Maintain regular contact and communicate with your academic advisor.  You should maintain regular contact with your advisors, learning their office location, office hours and contact information as soon as possible. 

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Rebecca Hall
Room 219


Dr. Edward W. Huffstetler
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs