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SBPA Academic Advising

SBPA Faculty Advisors

What is Advising?

Academic advising is guidance that helps students maximize their educational experiences. It is a cooperative relationship in which advisors guide students and empower them to achieve their goals.

Students should contact their advisors on any matter related to their educational progress. Although faculty members serve as guides through the educational process, the ultimate responsibility for academic choices lies with students. Advisors are responsible for helping students make appropriate choices. Students are responsible for cooperating with their advisors by sharing essential information about their strengths, weaknesses, interests, and goals.

What Students Should Expect of Their Advisors?

What Advisors Expect of Their Students?

Advisors Contact Sheet

* For SBPA Freshmen & Sophomores, please contact Student Success Center, in Building 38, A-level, 202-274-6899, and specifically – Mr. Kenneth Cooper,, 202-274-5463. You may also visit Hany Makhlouf Academic Center for Student Support for help with course guides, and other SBPA-related questions, such as schedule of classes, etc. in Building 38, Suite 114,, 202.274.7040, Skype –

* For SBPA Juniors, Seniors, & Graduate Students, please contact Hany Makhlouf Academic Center for Student Support, in Building 38, Suite 114,, 202.274.7040, Skype –

Students have a right to expect advisors to:

  • Learn their names and pronounce them correctly;
  • Keep regular office hours and be available at reasonable times throughout the year;
  • Demonstrate genuine interest in them and monitor their academic progress;
  • Consider students’ life/work schedules and commitments in planning their course load;
  • Communicate clearly to ensure that they and their students have the same understanding about what has been discussed;
  • Document meetings and maintain accurate records;
  • Respect their privacy and keep their information confidential;
  • Be knowledgeable about academic requirements, policies, and procedures;
  • Be current in their knowledge about professional and career opportunities in their field;
  • Provide dependable, accurate, respectful, honest, friendly, and professional service;
  • Seek information that they do not know or refer students to appropriate resources; and
  • Follow through on commitments.

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Advisors have a right to expect students to:

  • Be serious about learning and honest in their communications;
  • Read and understand the academic policies and procedures contained in official UDC and SBPA publications;
  • Select classes that conform to their course of study and SBPA regulations;
  • Consult with their advisors throughout the semester for course planning and other discussion topics and during registration periods if they have difficulty entering their approved course selections;
  • Be prepared for meetings by:
    • scheduling meetings during advisor office hours and calling if unable to attend;
    • identifying discussion topics in advance;
    • preparing proposals for action; and
    • having supporting documents available.
  • Make well-thought-out choices based on available information; and
  • Follow through on commitments.

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