We understand that selecting a major is a big decision. That's why offer supportive and collaborative help for our students to acquire essential knowledge, skills, and habits as they pursue their academic and career goals.
We're here to help you explore interests, values, and personality types and to discover majors and occupations that you will find interesting and rewarding.
Our staff coordinates advising for General Studies majors and students who have not declared a major.
We also identify and assist students who are experiencing academic challenges.
Check out the FAQ to learn more, or use the contact info below to schedule an appointment.
Registration is completed online through Pipeline. We encourage you to meet with your assigned advisor prior to registering for any class, and to follow your degree plan when scheduling classes.
To make building a class schedule easier, we provide a schedule planner tool available on Pipeline, along with a tutorial for this registration tool.
Meet Our Staff
Degree Evaluation Form.pdf - This form is to be completed for 60-75 hour Degree Evaluation Requirement
Pre-Advising Information Sheet.pdf - This form is useful to complete before an advising session.
Academic Probation - Suspension Self-Assessment Form.pdf - This assessment is required for students on Academic Suspension or Probation. However, this assessment is useful for any student who is struggling academically.
Info for Faculty
Advising gives you the opportunity to challenge students to:
- make informed decisions
- set short-and long-range educational goals
- accept responsibility for their educational development
- grow personally and academically
Advising is an opportunity to talk to students about:
- life and career goals
- values, interest, and abilities
- learning styles, strengths, and limitations
- decision-making skills
- campus resources
- your academic area
What is Developmental Advising?
- is a process, not a paper and pencil activity
- is concerned with human growth
- is goal-related
- requires establishment of caring interaction
- uses all resources of the academic community
Enhancing Your Effectiveness as an Advisor
Enhance your effectiveness as an advisor by...
- considering the advising relationship as an opportunity to teach students
- beginning the advising relationship with a discussion of the broader reasons for advising
- empowering students to make their own decisions
- encouraging students to become involved with advising, academics, and co-curricular aspects of university life
- collaborating with other departments, including student services, to improve advising
- acquiring your advisee's College Student Inventory, and being familiar with the results
At Risk Factors
A student's MINDSET contributes to his/her academic success.
- M - Motivation
- I - Initiative
- N - Navigation skills – navigate regulations and requirements of college to stay on track
- D - Direction – short and long-term educational and career goals
- S - Study skills
- E - Expectations
- T - Time Management
Six most common factors contributing to academic difficulty include:
- Poor time management
- Poor study skills
- Lack of problem solving/coping skills
- Employed too many hours
- Inappropriate expectations of college
- Lack of internal motivation
Students Changing Advisors
If a student wants to change advisors, the student must meet with the new advisor. If the advisor agrees to accept the student as a new advisee, the new advisor must email the new advisee's name and Harding ID# to the Office of the Registrar requesting that the student become his/her new advisee.