Effective academic advising is a key component of a Westmont education. At its core, advising is a collaborative developmental relationship between our students and our faculty. The mission of the Academic Advising Department is to encourage and support students' personal and intellectual development as they embrace the educational opportunities available to them so they can complete their degree and find their place of service in the kingdom of God.
To this end, advisors:
- Commit to two years of progressively complex advisor training
- Provide accurate and timely information and guidance on General Education, major, and enriching elective courses to take toward completing a degree.
- Aid students in the exploration of graduate school, professional opportunities and careers within their field
- Help students utilize the WebAdvisor system to track their progress towards graduation
- Help students become aware of the full range of on-campus services for their development (e.g. Internships, Career and Life Planning, Counseling Center, Health Center, Off campus Programs, Records office, other academic departments).
- Work to foster student success and retention with the appropriate choice of courses and majors
- Offer assistance to students who are struggling in their courses (including those on probation).
Because academic advising is a key component within the academic life of the college, its advisors are regularly evaluated during the promotion and tenure review process.