The main goal of student organizations is to support the academic mission of Texas A&M - Corpus Christi by providing students with an outlet to relieve stress in a positive manner or to engage with others who share the same academic or personal interests. The University Council for Student Organizations aims to connect students throughout the campus, provide a personalized atmosphere for each unique student, and allow the students to utilize the skills learned within the classroom in real-world interactions. This all affords the opportunity for personal growth and the ability to practice interpersonal skills that are valuable in higher education and furthermore, in a professional setting beyond college. However, none of this is possible without you, the advisor. The advisor provides sustainability and guidance to the students in charge of and participating in organizations on campus. This role comes with many different responsibilities and below are some resources to both inform and assist you on how to become a better resource for the organization(s) you advise.
In practice, being an organization advisor is much like being a professor.
Aware: Knows what is happening with the group at all times (i.e. problems, dates of functions, etc.)
Dedication: Always being willing to assist the organization when necessary. Enjoys being associated with the group and is involved.
Visibility: Attends meetings, social functions and other special activities of the group when possible.
Informed: Familiar with the rules, policies, and regulations of the university. Including the bylaws and constitution of the organization. As well as being prepared to render assistance with their interpretation.
Supportive: Provides encouragement and praise to group members.
Open-mindedness: Willing to consider new ideas and approaches although you may not totally agree with them.
Respect: Earn through being trustworthy, honest, and demonstrate a genuine interest in the welfare of the group.
One thing to keep in mind when making the decision to become an advisor
When issues arise, the opinions of the advisor should be sought and given proper consideration. Although the advisor is not responsible for policymaking, she/he may make recommendations and should expect that these will be considered.
The literature on student organization advising suggests these main functions of responsibility for advisors: Train, Maintain, Supervise, Warn of Impending Danger, and Document.
If an issue were to ever arise that you as an advisor was ever unsure or felt that you needed more guidance, our office is always here as a resource. It is our responsibility to be up to date on current policies, procedures, and laws that could influence the situation you are presented with.
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