Texas Tech University

Advising Syllabus

Lead Advisor: Kathy Nordstrom, J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts

Advising Office Hours: 8-12 am and 1-5 pm Monday through Friday

College of Visual and Performing Arts Advising Mission Statement
The advising team in the TCVPA at Texas Tech University seeks excellence in advising and is committed to supporting and serving its students while encouraging achievement, integrity, and quality in education.

Advising Team

Academic Advising Description/Definition
Academic advising is an educational process that, by intention and design, facilitates students' understanding of the meaning and purpose of higher education and fosters their intellectual and personal development toward academic success and lifelong learning. (NACADA, 2004)

Advisor Responsibilities

  • Effectively communicate curricula and graduation requirements for all majors as well as university and college academic policies and procedures.
  • Monitor and accurately document student progress toward meeting goals (update Degree Works, maintain regular student appointments).
  • Be accessible for advising students in groups or individually during office hours and via telephone, email, and/or web access.
  • Maintain student confidentiality.
  • Assist students in working closely with their professors and make referrals to appropriate university sources as assistance is needed.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because email is an official form of university communication, advisors use email as the primary means of contacting students. Be sure and check your TTU email account regularly. We can only use the TTU email account.

Advisee Responsibilities

  1. Schedule regular appointments and/or make regular contacts with advisor(s) during each semester.
  2. Be an active learner by participating fully in the advising experience.
    1. Come prepared to each appointment with questions and check sheet or major requirements checklist.
    2. Keep a personal record of your advising materials such as degree plans, Degree Works, & referrals.
    3. Ask questions when you do not understand an issue or have a specific concern.
  3. Enroll in the courses that you and your advisor determine from the educational objectives that you are ready to pursue.
  4. Become knowledgeable about college programs, policies, and procedures.
  5. Accept responsibility regarding the investment you have made in yourself and your decisions.


  1. Develop strong and appropriate relationships with faculty and staff involved in the advising process.
  2. Connect in a meaningful way with the various communities associated with your major and career goals.
  3. Develop a working knowledge of the requirements, rules, and responsibilities associated with your major and career goals.
  4. Develop strong decision-making skills to enable graduation in a timely manner.
  5. Be able to use the resources provided to enable graduation in a timely manner.

Learning Outcomes – Students should be able to:

  1. Know your Academic Advisor's name and information – location, phone, email. Attend scheduled appointments.
  2. Understand the degree plan for your chosen major. Be able to assist and plan your schedule for current and future academic semesters. Be able to use MyTech to register. Develop decision-making skills to enable graduation in timely manner.
  3. Utilize Campus Resources to further develop as a student and future graduate.
    1. University Career Services
    2. Center for Campus Life
    3. Student Counseling Center
    4. Support Operations for Academic Retention (SOAR)
    5. Texas Tech University Advising
    6. Office of Student Conduct
    7. Student Legal Service
  4. Participate in campus opportunities/events
    1. Fall University Convocation
    2. College Welcome Event
    3. Center for Campus Life
    4. Others as arranged

Students with Disabilities
Any student who, because of a disability, may require special arrangements in order to meet the course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible to make any necessary arrangements. Students should present appropriate verification from Student Disability Services during the instructor's office hours. Please note instructors are not allowed to provide classroom accommodations to a student until appropriate verification from Student Disability Services has been provided. For additional information, you may contact the Student Disability Services office in 335 West Hall or 806-742-2405.


  1. University Catalog
  2. RaiderLink
  3. TCVPA Website
  4. Student Code of Conduct Handbook