Introduction to Academic Advising at Ohio State Training Session

Introduction to Academic Advising at Ohio State

Generally, this session is offered when there are enough new advisors (i.e., about five). We will outreach to all newly hired advisors to schedule a session.

Session Details

Intended Audience
This session is for new (generally equals first few months) full-time academic advisors as welll as Faculty advisors, who are not new to advising, but are interested in learning more about academic advising at Ohio State. Ohio State community staff/faculty members interested in learning more about academic advising may also participate in this session.

Formal presentation (no group activities); however, conversation is encouraged through participant questions. We are able to offer a distance option via Carmen. If you are interested in attending from a distance, you will need to email Shannon Peltier ( to let us know. Please send the email a week in advance of the scheduled session.

Shannon Peltier and Amy Treboni

Session Length
2.5 hours


Please read the following articles and listen to the audio recordings prior to attending this session; they are intended to help with our conversations and an exercise we have planned (if we have the time). More specifically, the first three articles will help you share a personal definition of advising. If you are an experienced advisor and have not interacted with these, please consider doing so; they are an important foundation to the work you do.

Concept of Academic Advising Core Values of Academic Advising Definitions of Academic Advising The Advising Structure at Ohio State Doing Business with SSC, Financial Aid and University Registrar The Office of Undergraduate Education's Role with Advising

Learning Outcomes

  • (Knowledge) Describe, generally, the organizational structure of Ohio State
  • (Synthesis) Connect with advisors outside of one's advising unit
  • (Valuing) Appreciate the differences between advisors and advising units across campus
  • (Comprehension) Write a personal definition of advising
  • (Comprehension) Provide two examples for how to balance being an advocate for the student and enforcing policy
  • (Comprehension) Paraphrase the components and goals of the curricular experience at Ohio State
  • (Comprehension) Define the value of a liberal arts education
  • (Knowledge) Identify all available advising tools and resources
  • (Knowledge) Describe how to best refer a student to identified campus resources (i.e., Counseling and Consultation Service, Student Wellness Center, Student Advocacy, Dennis Learning Center, Disability Services, the Student Services Center, and career-related resources).

Session Topics

  • Ohio State Acronyms and Terms
  • Office of Academic Affairs Organizational Chart
    • Office of Undergraduate Education (UE)'s organizational chart
    • Overview of UE's role
  • Office of Enrollment Services Organizational Chart
    • University Registrar's Organizational Chart
    • Student Services Center (SSC)'s Organizational Chart
  • Office of Student Life's Organizational Chart
  • Incoming student profile, graduation rates, etc. (data from Enrollment Services Analysis and Reporting)
  • Advising structure and philosophy
  • Overview of an advisor's job, with main emphasis on how functions may be different/similar across advising units

General Education reference materials and a Liberal Arts overview

  • AdvisingConnect (retiring notes feature January 2017) and OnCourse (EAB Student Success Collaborative)
  • Advising Report provided with extensive documentation for understanding and interpretation
  • Transferology
  • College Source
  • The Advising Encyclopedia
  • SIS
  • Doing business with the Student Services Center (SSC)/Financial Aid/University Registrar (OUR)
  • Counseling and Consultation Services, Student Wellness Center, Student Advocacy, Dennis Learning Center, Disability Services, and career-related resources.

International Students, Student-Athletes, Transfer Students, and Veteran and Military Students