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Initiatives, Resources, and Handbooks

Liaison Effort

The Assistant Dean coordinates the communication and liaison efforts between Student Academic Affairs and the faculty and academic departments and programs of the College. Each department of the major/program has a general advisor liaison.

Academic Advising Conference
The annual conference on undergraduate academic advising  gives advisors across the University an opportunity to discuss topics of mutual interest.

Terrence McDonald Academic Advising Academy
The Advising Academy fosters excellence in advising programs within all departments in the College by providing a solid practical and theoretical approach to advising in LSA.  The Academy also offers a wonderful opportunity to share best practices.

Major/Minor Expo
The Major/Minor Expo affords the various units an opportunity to recruit and disseminate information about current programs and upcoming opportunities.

Training and Support for Departmental Advisors
A training & support program for department advisors.

Working Group
A small group of LSA general advisors, department advisors, and staff working on issues related to how LSA Advising and the Academic Departments collaborate

Advisor Roundtables
A recurring series of events (on the last Friday of most months) designed to enrich our sense of intellectual community and facilitate regular conversations about best practices and the place of advising in higher education.


Instructor Handbook (PDF)

Describes College policies and procedures formulated in the Faculty Code. It provides information on implementing the academic rules and policies, and includes resources that will help you guide and support your students.

Advisor Handbook

This is a great resource that collects most of the information that you might ever need (at least for advising purposes) in one place. We hope you will find the Advising Handbook a useful resource in your advising work.

LSA Course Guides

The online LSA Course Guide contains course descriptions written by instructors of classes to be offered in a specific term. Instructors are asked:

  • to begin with a statement of the subjects (topics, themes, methods).
  • to include the intended audience and any recommended special background that is not already listed in course prerequisites.
  • to indicate the basis of student evaluation (exams, papers, etc.)
  • to state method(s) of instruction (lecture, lab, discussion).
  • to mention texts which will be required.