Academic Advisors

IHOPU strives to foster intellectual and personal development that will result in academic success and lifelong learning. To that end, the IHOPU Registrar’s office offers academic counseling through the academic advising department, who will meet with students who are struggling to meet school requirements and need help determining a course of action. We hope you will take advantage of our resources by building a relationship with us during your time at IHOPU. Academic advising is a collaborative process requiring proactive participation by both parties. As you set out to achieve your personal goals, you should be aware that there are expectations on both sides.

Advisor Responsibilities: What you should expect from the advisor

  • Confidentiality—we will not discuss your academic or personal issues with parents or non-university personnel without your written consent
  • Communication concerning academic policies and procedures, including how to complete advising-related forms
  • Referrals to other campus staff and resources when required
  • Timely response to your questions, emails, and phone calls
  • Explanation of the requirements for completing courses in the general education curriculum in addition to courses within your declared major and the consequences of not meeting those requirements
  • Guidance in developing better decision-making skills and assistance with creating good relationships with instructors and assistants
  • Accessibility, outreach, and regular follow-up on your progress through email and face-to-face meetings
  • Advising assessment feedback opportunities

Student Responsibilities: What we expect of you

  • Initial contact with us for help on a regular basis via email, phone and/or one-on-one appointments
  • Requests for clarification if we explain an issue or concern in a way that does not make sense to you or use language or terms you do not understand
  • Regular checking of your IHOPU email account for communications from university faculty, staff, and administration
  • Personal responsibility for obtaining evaluation of your academic progress, confirming with your instructor and assistants whether you are meeting all requirements for your major
  • Personal responsibility for decisions and actions (or inactions) which affect your educational progress and goals
  • Preparation for advising appointments—bring all advising-related materials, completed forms, etc.
  • Knowledgeability concerning academic or financial holds—checking for them in NetClassroom and knowing which offices or agencies to contact for help with resolving them
  • Familiarity with campus resources and the academic calendar

Academic objectives and expected outcomes for first-year students

  • Demonstrate an ability to make decisions concerning your education and ministry goals
  • Learn to successfully manage your time so that you are able to complete assignments and still manage personal responsibilities (including coming to understand that sometimes you can’t do it all)
  • Carve out a place for yourself within the university by becoming involved with activities
  • Learn the art of interacting with faculty members and university administrators constructively
  • Learn to ask for help when you need it rather than attempting to deal with overwhelming situations alone
  • Come to see faculty, advising staff and student affairs staff as mentors who can guide you as you journey toward graduation
  • Discover your personal learning style and learn how you can use it to be a more successful student

Demonstrating your achievement of learning outcomes—the following are ways for you to know if you have met/are meeting the objectives above

  • Are you successfully utilizing a planner to keep track of assignment due dates and exams?
  • Are you earning grades commensurate with your work in your courses?
  • Do you know when important dates are coming up, or where to find them in the academic calendar?
  • Do you feel that you are a part of this campus community?
  • Have you had contact with at least one instructor or assistant for help with an assignment or to go over a test?
  • Do you know how and when to check and resolve your academic holds?
  • If you are placed on academic notice, academic warning or academic probation, do you know the steps to help quickly raise your GPA?

If you need help understanding your academic responsibilities or if you would like academic counseling, please contact academicadvising@ihopu.org.