What is Academic Advising
Academic advising is a developmental process in which students are provided with support in clarifying their academic, career and life goals, developing plans to achieve these goals, and evaluating their own progress. Academic advising is also a process in which students are empowered to think critically, explore available options, and take personal responsibility for decision-making with the guidance of their teachers and academic advisers.
Academic Advising at HKU
At HKU, academic advising involves helping students to understand the aims of University education, the culture and ethos of learning, the available educational options and the paths that could be taken so that students can draw their own roadmaps to achieve their goals and monitor their own progress. Academic advising should result in students’ greater satisfaction with their academic experience, better self-understanding and a sense of success in the achievement of personal and academic goals.
To achieve this, the Senate has approved the setting up of a University-wide Academic Advising System and eight recommendations have been made regarding its core values, objectives, implementation and timeline. Please click here for details.
Components of the University-wide Academic Advising System include:
Each Faculty will appoint an overall Academic Advising Coordinator to oversee academic advising in the Faculty; appoint advisers for each Major and Minor programmes, or for Faculty offering professional programme, appoint advisers for each curriculum or year of study; assign Faculty Academic Advisers (FAAs) to every new students; appoint and train a group of Faculty Student Advisers (FSAs). FSAs have to be in their second year or above, have good academic achievements, good interpersonal and communication skills and a caring attitude towards students. They will work under the supervision of the Faculty Academic Advising Co-ordinators.
With effect from the 2012 academic year, all First-year undergraduate students will be assigned to a Faculty Academic Adviser upon registration. Students are required to meet with his or her Faculty Academic Adviser once every semester in their first year of study to discuss different academic issues.
A central Academic Advising Office (AAO) staffed by an academic adviser and experienced administrators is set up to co-ordinate academic advising initiatives and training across Faculties and to assist students in understanding the University requirements, course enrolment procedures and academic options.
Each hall of residence and the Residential College on Lung Wah Street (by June 2012) will appoint senior students in its hall as Residential Student Advisers (RSAs) in due course.
- The development of an Academic Advising website (the one you are looking at right now) which serves as the first point of contact for students looking for academic guidance
- The academic advising tools in the SIS
- The on-line programme / curricula information posted by Faculties
Different Types of Academic Advisers
There are six types of Academic Advisers under the University-wide Academic Advising System:
- Faculty Academic Advisers
(Every First-year student will be assigned an academic adviser from his/her Home Faculty to support the students throughout the course of their study at HKU)
- Advisers for different Major programmes; or for Faculties offering professional programmes, Advisers for each curriculum or year of study
- Faculty Temporary Academic Advisers
(Teachers who specialize on helping students to explore major/minor options)
- Faculty Student Advisers
- Residential Student Advisers
- Academic Advisers in the Academic Advising Office (AAO)
In addition, each Faculty has appointed an Academic Advising Co-ordinator and an Academic Advising Administrator to oversee the academic advising work in respective Faculty.
What You can Expect from Your Academic Adviser
The following are some of the things that you can expect from your Adviser:
- Provide support to your transition to the University
- Clarify requirements of Curriculum / Degree / Major / Professional Core which you may have questions
- Guide you in developing your academic goals and study plan
- Provide up-to-date information and offer advice on course selections
- Discuss your academic performance and progress and the implication of it to your future plans (career or postgraduate studies)
- Care about your academic success
- Provide you with information on other available campus resources and support services
- Respect your privacy
- Make effective referrals and direct you to other sources of advice. Your adviser might not know the answer of every question, but they will help you find the answer
- Take the initiative to contact your Faculty Academic Adviser (FAA). First-year students are required to meet with his or her FAA once every semester. Senior year students are also encouraged to make regular contacts with the major / minor advisers of their Faculty.
- Familiarize yourself with the requirements of your Curriculum / Degree / Major / Professional Core
- Be well prepared for each advising meeting by doing these preparations prior to the meeting:
- think about your educational, personal and career goals
- consider your study plan / intended course enrollment for the coming terms and beyond
- check the prerequisites for each course you intend to take and consider how they will affect the sequencing of your courses
- prepare a list of questions or concerns that you would like to raise with your Adviser
- Turn up punctually for the scheduled appointment with your Adviser
- Actively ask questions on matters you do not understand or are confused
- Accept responsibility for decisions and take ownership of your academic plans
What Your Academic Adviser will Expect of You
The relationship between Adviser and Advisee is one of shared responsibility and two-way traffic. Things that your Adviser expects from you:
Students with Special Study Need
It is the University’s commitment to be an equal opportunity institution, and the special study needs of people with physical or mental challenges are fully recognized. Click here for more details.