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Sharing JMU's approach to academic advising
National Academic Advising Association 2013 Outstanding Adviser Carroll Ward is a nursing professor and freshman adviser. She shares more on JMU's approach to freshman advising.
JMU academic advising enables students to translate learning into making meaningful decisions about the future.
Madison: At JMU, advising is more than helping a student choose a major, it's about helping them plan their future. Explain this philosophy:
Ward: JMU is committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens, who lead productive and meaningful lives. JMU advising consists of a learning-centered approach to assist students in developing an educationally purposeful college plan and to determine the tools and resources to implement that plan. JMU academic advising enables students to translate this learning into making meaningful decisions about the future and to understand the importance of engaging in their community.
Madison: What are the top two pieces of advice that you tell every freshman, no matter their choice in major?
Ward: Focus on your role as a student. Academics are a priority and you are responsible for your own academic rigor. Purchase a planner and write down all of your assignments, exams, presentations, meetings and social activities. Also, you are ultimately responsible for your decisions and choices, so think about the consequences.