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Academic Advising

Academic advising focuses on helping students to develop and follow an appropriate plan for fulfilling degree requirements.

This process includes understanding degree requirements and university academic and academic support policies and procedures.  Effective academic advising promotes student self-efficacy, informed and proactive decision-making, and academically focused behaviors that result in timely degree completion.

 

Finding an Academic Adviser

Students enrolled in all undergraduate schools and colleges are assigned advisors to assist them in planning and following a given educational program of study.

An adviser’s assistance is invaluable in helping students define a given program of study or career goal.

If you have declared a major, see the advisory/registration information and the name of the adviser below.

If your major is undecided, go to the Advisory Center, Office of Student Services/College of Arts and Sciences, or Dean’s Office in your school/college for a consultation.

The adviser’s signature is required on all registration cards, change of program forms and related academic forms.

Advise undergraduates in selected Schools and Colleges

Employ proactive, targeted, high impact practices for improving retention

Assist student with registration, academic petitions, and related academic processes

Engage “Early Alert” Systems that facilitate strategic intervention and supports meaningful  communication across the advising community 

Advise students within a single school or college

Assist student with registration, academic petitions, and related academic processes

Monitor student progression toward degree attainment

Advise students on major and professional requirements

Mentor students to identify and achieve professional and academic goals

Identify and facilitate research opportunities for undergraduates

The Howard University Framework for Academic Advising

Howard’s advising model includes professional staff advisers in the Office of Undergraduate Studies, professional staff advisers in the undergraduate Schools and Colleges, and faculty advisers.  Advisers work collaboratively to support students’ successful matriculation.  This model is aligned with advising models at 30% of private four-year institutions and is based upon:

  1. students’ call for accessible and accurate academic advising, consistent and written advising policies and processes, and increased advising resources. 
  2. faculty’s lack of access to adequate print and electronic resources(bulletins, policy manuals, Banner, etc.) and to personnel able to resolve recurring systemic enrollment, registration and academically-related challenges 
  3. the university’s commitment to undergraduate retention and timely degree completion. The Howard University advising model is an integrated and collaborative approach grounded in three principles that emerge from our rich tradition of academic excellence, faculty and staff collaboration, and our collective role in sustaining a vibrant intellectual community.    This integrated structure minimizes artificial barriers that separate faculty advisers and staff academic advisers, and places emphasis on transformational rather than transaction advising.  As depicted below, students are at the center of “advising circles” that offer holistic support through their academic journey.

College of Arts and Sciences (Office of Undergraduate Studies)

Advising Office Location: Carnegie 2nd Floor

Phone Number: 202-806-4029

College of Arts and Sciences (Pre-Professional Advising)

Advising Office Location: Howard Center, Room 518

Phone Number: 202-238-2363

Division of Fine Arts

Advising Office: Childers Hall

Phone Number: 202-806-7040

Advising Office Location: 2600 6th Street NW

Phone Number: 202-806-1575

Contact Person: Ms. Karen Hampton

Advising Office Location: 525 Bryant Street NW Suite 222

Phone Number: 202-806-4044

Contact Person: Ms. Bernadette Terry-Williams

Advising Office Location:  2441 4th Street NW

Phone Number: 202-806-7340

Contact Person: Ms. Joy Banks (Elementary Education); Dr. Kimberley Freeman (Human Development)

Advising Office Location: 2366 6th Street NW

Phone Number: 202-806-6565

Contact Person: Ms. Caryn Cabaniss or Ms. Stacy Evans

Advising Office Location: 516 Bryant Street NW

Phone Number: 202-806-5431

Contact Persons: Ms. Suzy Guerrier-Adams, Nursing; Dr. Trevor Leiba, Allied Health Sciences

Education Advisory Board (EAB)

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