Academic Advising Mission
Academic advising is a critical component of the educational experience at Morgan State University. It is an intentional, collaborative, and ongoing partnership between students and the University. Through this partnership, we assist students in developing, implementing, and achieving their educational, personal, and career goals while ensuring student persistence and timely graduation. We pride ourselves on fostering an engaging learning and mentoring relationship which supports the mutual trust and respect of both parties.
Roles and Responsibilities of Academic Advisors
The primary responsibility as an academic advisor is to guide students in making wise selections of course offerings with careful attention to the University's policies and degree requirements. In addition, an effective advisor should also assist students in identifying available internal and external resources that will have a positive impact on their Morgan experience.
The Structure of Academic Advising at Morgan State University
All first-time freshmen are advised by staff under the Center for Academic Success and Achievement (CASA) and the Office of Student Success and Retention (OSSR) until specific requirements have been met. After meeting those requirements, students transition to their major departments for advisement.
First Time Freshman Transition Criteria
A student transitions to his/her faculty advisor when the student has achieved all of the following:
• 2.0 cumulative grade
• At least 24 credit hours earned
• Declared a major
Academic Advisor Manual - a resource for all advisors at Morgan State University.
Academic Advising Syllabus - a resource used by academic advisors to communicate the expectations of the advising relationship to their advisees.
Academic Advisor Newsletter - monthly electronic newsletter includes advising tips, best practices in academic advising, on-campus support services for students, professional development opportunities for academic advisors, important dates to remember, and other pertinent information to support the efforts of academic advising at MSU.
First Year Outstanding Advisor Award - a yearly award to recognize a freshman/first-year academic advisor for their outstanding contributions to freshmen and the advancement of academic advising efforts at Morgan State University.