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).
At University of Houston-Victoria (UHV), academic advising provides students with the opportunity to build a relationship with their advisor for the purpose of gaining assistance in planning their educational career, in learning the skills needed for academic success, and in learning how to access the variety of resources and services available to them at University of Houston-Victoria.
Academic advising is a collaborative educational process whereby students and their advisors are partners in meeting the essential learning outcomes, ensuring student academic success, and outlining the steps for achievement of the students’ personal, academic, and career goals. The advisor/student partnership requires participation and involvement of both the advisor and the student as it is built over the student’s entire educational experience at the university. Both the student and the advisor have clear responsibilities for ensuring the advising partnership is successful.
Academic Advising Timeline
- Before the semester begins – Prepare
- Activate your student email account
- Familiarize yourself with UHV’s Academic Calendar, Deadlines, Add/Drop, Registration Dates
- Familiarize yourself with Jag Space
- Identify textbooks for each class
- Familiarize yourself with Blackboard
- Meet with your Academic Advisor or Student Success Coach to plan your courses
- Address any holds on your account
- Register for courses and pay tuition and fees by the deadlines posted by the Student Billing Office
- Become familiar with university offices, such as Financial Aid, Office of Student Records, and Student Billing.
August & January – Attend
Verify the start date, end date, and add/drop deadline
September & February – Initiate
Get involved with your Jaguar Community – seek out UHV clubs & Organizations
Connect with tutoring services and other academic success resources
Review scholarship guidelines
Keep track of Financial Aid deadlines
Connect with your academic advisor in regards to your degree plan/Degree Progress Report (DPR)
November & April – Persevere
Enroll in classes
Address any holds on your account
Review the final exam schedule
Keep up your studies, don’t lose focus
December & May – Evaluate
Check your grades on MyUHV
If you earned any F or I grades connect with your academic advisor or student success coach
Services for Students with Disabilities
The University of Houston System complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, pertaining to the provision of reasonable academic adjustments / auxiliary aids for students who have a disability. In accordance with Section 504 and ADA guidelines, the University of Houston‐Victoria strives to provide reasonable academic adjustments / auxiliary aids to students who request and require them. If you believe that you have a disability requiring an academic adjustment/auxiliary aid, please contact the UHV Office of Disability Services.
Title IX: Sexual Misconduct
The University of Houston System, including UHV, seeks to provide an educational environment free from sex discrimination, including non‐consensual sexual contact, sexual assault, sexual harassment, interpersonal violence and stalking. We encourage you to report any sexual misconduct to UHV Title IX Coordinator Rebecca Lake. If you report any sexual misconduct to me, I am required to share that information with our Title IX Coordinators. For more information about the UHS Sexual Misconduct policy and counseling and support resources available, go to Title IX or contact the Title IX Coordinator.
Title IX and Equal Opportunity Coordinator
University of Houston Victoria
University West 117
Office – (361)570-4358
Fax – (361)580-5509