Overview of the Handbook

The handbook is organized into four parts:

Part one, “Academic Advising: Theory-Into-Practice”, situates academic advising within the cultural narratives of the teaching-learning process that PMU advocates. It underlines a descriptive and research-based model of academic advising that PMU adopts. The section also focuses on the intellectual legacy on which the descriptive model has built its theoretical assumptions.

Part two, “Goals and Procedures of Academic Advising at PMU”, guides the reader through the complexities of academic advising, highlighting certain advising guidelines. Central in this section are the procedures of the academic advising process that make the advisor better able to plan, conduct, and evaluate goal-oriented academic advising sessions.

Part three, “Advising for Academic Purposes”, takes you through key aspects of the academic advising process regarding the preparatory and core curriculum programs. It introduces the academic advisor to a number of common concerns facing students who wish to change their majors outside of their chosen colleges. The section focuses on the importance of warning students that changing from a Business program, for example, to any Engineering program would result in an extra year of coursework. This part encourages academic advisors to take on the responsibility of letting their advisees gain a sense of the route they are taking, because if students do not know the destination, how do they go from where they are to where they want to be?

Part four, “Academic Regulations and Policies”, selects from the academic catalog relevant information that advisors need to be aware of. The section provides information that concentrates on attendance policy, academic integrity, and definition of terms such as plagiarism, academic probation, and grading system.