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Welcome, Advisors: 

You are invited to use this handbook for Academic Advising to design, benchmark, and assess the advising processes, policies, and tools in your own area; and to contribute to and improve upon this collaborative work for our collective benefit.  Please contact advising@ttu.edu to join in the content creation and improvement process.

For live (secured) information posted on the University Advising SharePoint web site, please make certain you are in the TTU Advisors mailing group (managed by DaNay Phelps), and visit http://sharepoint.ttu.edu/advising. Thanks for partnering with us and your colleagues across campus to deliberately pursue the mission of this institution and exceed the goals and standards of leaders in our own professional field.


Joshua Ryan Barron
Unit Associate Director
Texas Tech University Advising

Responsibilities in the Student-Advisor Relationship

Texas Tech believes in the potential of each student to succeed and values their pursuit of excellence.  Therefore, TTU provides academic advisors and advising programs to inform, guide, empower, and encourage students from Orientation to Graduation.  While students are responsible for their academic progress, academic advisors assist with educational planning that leads to timely matriculation and graduation.  Students’ success requires their commitment to and investment in an action-oriented decision-making process.  This fosters intellectual and personal development which results in informed and invested educational choices. 

Students’ Responsibilities

The advising process is designed to prepare students to be leaders and decision-makers.  To that end, students are responsible for being active and invested participants, especially by:

Advisors’ Responsibilities

Advising is a process through which students examine themselves, explore their opportunities, determine their best-fit educational paths, and develop action plans for achieving their university degrees.  Academic advisors facilitate this process.  Additionally, advisors advocate for students in the university system, serve as resource brokers for the university community, and help students thrive in a large university setting.  Academic Advising Programs identify relevant and desirable student learning and development outcomes and provide programs and services that encourage the achievement of those outcomes.  The most important outcome of academic advising is self-discovery:  each student’s educational goals are matched with offerings of the university.  To that end, advisors are responsible for:

Student Growth and Development

Accuracy and Availability

Assessment, Referral, and Confidentiality

Departments in each academic college provide academic advisors who specialize in specific majors.  Texas Tech also values students who have yet to choose an academic major or who are uncertain of their educational direction.  The Texas Tech University Advising Center serves these students through retention-based academic advising and conducts university-wide transition programs to facilitate the persistence and success of all students.

When faced with a difficult question or challenging situation, the University Advising Center is always a good place to begin.  From here, it’s possible.

Bring your questions to 79 Holden Hall.

(806) 742-2189 | fax (806) 742?2200 | advising@ttu.edu | www.advising.ttu.edu

Significant portions of this content paraphrased and used with permission:

Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (2006).  CAS professional standards for higher education (6th ed.).

Washington, DC: Author.