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Academic Advising Student Advising

Academic advising is a form of teaching that both stimulates and supports students in their quests to identify and achieve personal, educational, and career goals. It is a systematic process based on close advisor-student relationships intended to aid students in acquiring skills and attitudes that promote their intellectual, social, and personal development. Through advising, students are taught to take ownership of their learning, to be accountable for their choices, to generate solutions to problems, and to recognize and meet expectations for success.


Academic Advising Model

The Academic Advising Model used at Southeastern is called the Total Intake Model. This means that all incoming freshmen and transfer students are advised in a central location: The Center for Student Excellence (CSE), located in the Student Union Annex room 1102.

Students are advised at the Center until they have completed two semesters or 30 credit hours, whichever comes first. They are then transferred to their major departments where the Undergraduate Coordinator assigns them to a Faculty Mentor.


Responsibilities of Faculty Mentors May Include the Following:

  • Establish positive contact with majors as they "exit" the Center for Student Excellence

  • Provide academic advising and course selection support to upper class students

  • Communicate with students in regard to academic, career, and extracurricular opportunities pertinent to their major

  • Direct students to appropriate academic support resources when they need help

  • Communicate with assigned students about advising issues and other appropriate departmental news

  • Use registration tracking to contact students as necessary with regard to advising, registration, and graduation

  • In conjunction with the Department Head and Undergraduate Coordinator, participate in department recruitment, orientation, and retention activities


Confidentiality Agreement

Advising is basically a confidentiality agreement between advisor and student. This is not just for reasons of professional courtesy; it is also the law.The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act ( FERPA) is a law that mandates student confidentiality, even regarding questions from parents. Click the link to access the University's information about FERPA.


Advising Resources

The Center for Student Excellence does not stop helping students once they have moved on to be advised in their major department. The Center resources and academic support are available to all undergraduate students throughout their time at Southeastern. Academic Support includes:

  • Supplemental Instruction in identified historically difficult classes

  • Individual and group tutoring for selected classes

  • Mentoring for study group formation

  • Seminars addressing academic and life-skills areas


Double Degrees 

Students wishing to pursue two baccalaureate degrees simultaneously at Southeastern must complete 30 hours in addition to the requirements for the first degree and complete all requirements for both degrees. Students completing two baccalaureate degree programs must file a graduation application for each and pay the diploma fee for each by the scheduled deadline.


Double Majors

Students who wish to pursue two majors simultaneously can do so by completing all the requirements for both majors. When earning two majors, students must designate a primary major and a secondary major and indicate the second major on the graduation application. Students will only earn the degree associated with the primary major. The second major will be entered on the transcript.



Students who wish to pursue a major and a minor simultaneously must meet all the requirements for both the major and the minor. Students will only earn the degree associated with the major. The minor will be entered on the transcript.


For additional academic advising resources that address a variety of topics associated with working with students and administrative and professional issues, visit the National ACademic ADvising Association (NACADA) Web site.


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