As the land-grant university for the state of New Mexico, it is our mission to serve the educational needs of New Mexico’s diverse population. Academic advising plays a key role in helping students plan a successful degree path from Aggie Welcome and Orientation all the way to Graduation.
Currently, different models of advising delivery are used across the six academic colleges. In one college, only professional advisors are used. In another college, only faculty advisors are used. Several colleges have a mix of professional and faculty advisors and have both a central office for advising as well as departmental advising. Having such a wide mix of advising models has created confusion among many students and we feel a more consistent model will better serve our students.
One of our goals with the new Center is to provide a consistent, integrated, and appreciative advising experience for all students in a location that is easy to find. Advisors will be assigned in a way that will allow many students to keep the same advisor even if they change majors. Because many enrollment decisions have financial implications, Financial Aid Advisors will have rotating office hours within the new Center.
From your Advisor
- An academic advisor who wants to work with you to develop an intentional and well thought out plan for being a successful student.
- An academic advisor who is trained in content directly related to your major. All advisors may now be in one location, but they are not generalists. Advisors are trained in very specific content areas (majors) and are prepared to go over details related to your degree.
- An advisor who is well versed in NMSU policies, procedures, and deadlines.
- An amazing resource to get connected to the rest of campus. Academic advisors are here to do more than help you select classes and answer questions about your degree. Being a student is complicated and sometimes confusing. NMSU has wonderful resources that are here to help, and an academic advisor is an excellent way to get connected to them.
For you as the Student
- Academic advising is built on a partnership between an advisor and a student. Academic advisors are here to provide you with information and guidance, but the ultimate responsibility for planning and completing an academic program rests with the student.
- Never be afraid to come to the Center to ask questions! However, we do expect students to have at least attempted to understand their degree requirements and come to advising appointments with at least a partially developed plan in place.
- For example: Don’t know which courses to take next semester? No problem, advisors at CAASS can help! However, before you come, you should have reviewed your STAR degree audit and any departmental advising materials and come prepared with questions for your advisor.