Academic advising is a connecting point for all Fort Hays State University students. At FHSU, we believe in the importance of academic advising, so each of our students has been assigned an advisor. An advisor is a faculty member or trained professional with whom you have the opportunity to meet with and talk to one-on-one about your academic program and your career/life goals – but you need to take the initiative. Your advisor helps you plan your course of study and makes suggestions in your program planning. He or she may help you with investigating careers. An advisor may refer you to other faculty or offices for help.
You should contact your advisor when you have academic related questions or issues. Advisors can be reached during office hours by e-mail, phone, regular mail or you can check with the department office to see when your advisor is available. Faculty advisors also teach classes and work on academic research, so advisement hours may be limited. If you are unable to make contact with your advisor, you may want to send a note or call your advisor to set up an appointment.
Each semester before registering, you should do some thinking and planning. Review the Catalog to become familiar with your major, general education requirements and the policies and procedures of FHSU. Your advisor can guide you in decision making, but the choices are yours to make.
"Academic advising will be part of the first steps, and the last steps to becoming another successful FHSU graduate and lifelong learner. Advising is an integral part of the university learning experience.
We have developed an effective advising plan that should enhance the university experience by meeting the needs and expectations of students, faculty, staff and FHSU. Our advising is based on a system of shared responsibility between advisors and students. Advisors are available to assist students in developing their educational plans and helping them examine the vast experiences and opportunities available at FHSU.
The University offers a variety of resources. Students should visit regularly with their advisors to evaluate their plans. They also should visit with other students, faculty and staff to become aware of different experiences. Publications and online sources provide another avenue for timely and accurate information.
FHSU offers you the opportunity to receive a first-class education. I hope each of you will use the resources available to develop a life experience of which you can be proud."
Edward H. Hammond