As we seek to encourage and provide OBU students with a meaningful and effective experience/relationship related to academic advising, these are some resources that may help us accomplish that. This page will change frequently as new resources become available and as we feature more long-standing resources. So, visit often, and send your requests for information and/or advising tips to
What is Academic Advising?
At OBU, academic advising is the cultivation of a guidance or mentoring process involving a student and faculty member that provides both challenge and support for the academic journey.
This relationship will facilitate the development of personal responsibility in decisions regarding career planning, vocational choices, exploration of fields of study and subsequent course selection.
Below are links to resources which will help through the advising process.
The first two links, are foundational to helping academic advisors understand their role in the learning process:
The Academic Advising Inventory is a survey that will be given to sophomores each year on Assessment Day to help assess, in the aggregate, how the university is doing with academic advisement. It is a snapshot in time.
A Guide to Finding Your Career Calling is a diagram to help students who may be wondering how their choice of major translates into a career calling, who may be having a crisis of major or minor, or might just be looking for options!
The Bison Pledge lays out the criteria by which the student can expect to graduate in four years. Both students and advisors must mind their p’s and q’s!
Should you need a course substitution form, an independent study form, or the like, you can find it on the Academic Forms page!
To see the requirements for Modern Foreign Languages and Mulitcultural Experience courses, view the Foreign Language Placement Guide.
To see the requirements for Mathematics courses , view the Mathematics Placement Guide.
A Program Planning Sheet will aid you in the advising process.
When you have a question and don’t know who to ask, go to Advising Help for a quick directory by topic area, e.g. for questions about how many hours a student athlete can carry, go to the Faculty Athletic Representative! You will find that the FAR is Dr. Carol Humphrey and will see her extension number listed there.
For a given major, go to the Majors page, click on the Dig into a Degree Plan icon on the right side of the page, and it will take you to information on that plan. There, you should find links to the
- Degree sheet
- Degree program suggested sequence
The Advising Log helps you keep track of your meetings with students and the decisions made.
The Advising Workshop gives you tips on how to advise...and do it well.
Click here for additional resources regarding Honors students, student athletes, musicians, and Prichard Scholars.
Coming soon: Recruit-Back reminders. You are so important in that process!
So, read, use, and give us feedback on what is useful and could be more so. This page will be updated frequently, so visit often!