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Academic Advisor

New Mexico State University   Alamogordo, NM   Full-time     Education
Posted on September 16, 2021
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Classification Summary
Provides academic advisement for prospective, current, and former students within a specified undergraduate academic department or equivalent unit of a college. Assesses academic level,attends to student inquiries, assists in problem resolution, and advises on program changes, and in the development of academic plans and schedules. Analyzes applications, transfer evaluations, and transcripts for entry and exit from the university. Maintains appropriate records. May establish programs for target recruitment and retention and develop program and marketing materials.
Classification Standard Duties
Answers student inquiries and resolves problems related to curriculum and course prerequisites, referring to catalogues, written course descriptions, and other sources. Reviews transcripts to ensure eligibility for admission to a specific college or program including evaluation of transfer credits and applicability of academic credit to program requirements. Initiates and maintains individual student files updating and evaluating as new information is received. Reviews student files to ensure deadlines are met for completing graduation requirements such as coursework requirements, theses, comprehensive examinations, and other specific program requirements. Coordinates with other organizational units to process admission and graduation requests and to aid in resolution of academic problems. Reviews student grade reports each semester to determine probation and/or suspension based on academic regulations of university; notifies and places students on probation or suspension; returns students to regular status after sufficient progress is made. Prepares written communications in support of recruitment efforts; attends and participates in orientation and information dissemination sessions. Assists students in the selection of appropriate courses and concentrations in terms of students’ stated preferences. Assists faculty advisement, athletic coaches, and other counseling personnel by providing records, evaluations, interpretations, and other requested data, recommendations, and conclusions. Performs supplemental administrative activities such as scheduling meetings, securing requested information, and verifying and maintaining computerized data files. May assist in proctoring examinations and other qualifying requirements or activities required by the college or department. May supervise lower graded staff and student employees; may participate in training and evaluative sessions and recommend methods to improve advisement activities. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Knowledge
Knowledge of academic standards governing student probation, suspension, and/or expulsion. Knowledge of student recruitment and retention issues.
Skills
Records maintenance skills.
Abilities
Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart confidential information. Ability to maintain calendars and schedule appointments. Ability to analyze and solve problems. Ability to analyze course prerequisites, certification, and/or curriculum/graduation requirements. Ability to evaluate student transcripts and/or records.
Required Education
Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
Required Experience
No previous work experience required.

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