Student Organization Advisor Manual
Many thanks to Doug Adams and Middlebury College for allowing us to reprint sections of their advisor manual and call them our own. We owe you man.
Welcome to the world of advising student organizations. Advisement provides a wonderful opportunity for you to get to know students better and to gain the satisfaction of knowing that you helped guide students in the development of a successful organization or program. Advising an organization does require additional time demands; however, the rewards gained by advising are great, and more than compensate for these demands.
- At the beginning develop clear expectations about the role of the advisor and your relationship to the organization.
- Read the group’s constitution.
- Get to know all of the members and attend their events.
- Develop a working relationship with the president and other officers.
- Discuss concerns with officers in private and praise them in public.
- Remember to let the students make the decisions while you provide guidance and advice.
- Be familiar with College policies.
- Meet with the officers and help them set goals.
- At all times, keep your sense of humor.
Purpose of Student Organizations
- Improves students’ interpersonal skills
- Has a positive influence on skills in leadership, communication, teamwork, organizing, decision-making and planning
- Gives students a greater satisfaction with their college experience
- Provides useful experience in obtaining a job and providing job related skills
- Develops lifelong values of volunteerism and service to others