While Advisors help students select and register for classes, advising is a much more thorough and holistic process. The successful advisor guides students through the often complex process of clarifying career goals and developing educational plans that will help them achieve those goals. This process requires systematic, ongoing communication between the advisor and the student, with special attention to sharing information that the student needs to make appropriate educational and career choices.
With this in mind, advising may be defined as a holistic, individualized, developmental process that assists students in clarifying their career goals and in developing and carrying out adequate plans for achieving those goals. It is an information-sharing and decision-making process that helps students realize their maximum educational potential and prepares them for future successes.