Section 3: Guiding Students Through the Plan
The WPI Plan is by design "a flexible, exciting, and academically challenging program" that can be equally challenging for the academic advisor. The Plan does not allow you to just inform students of a standard sequence of required courses that will direct students through their undergraduate career. Although there are minimum distribution requirements, with the Plan there is no rigid program of study that defines and limits students to a particular course of study. The undergraduate catalog serves as a good reference for designing these programs.
Assisting students in integrating their educational goals into the WPI Plan is no simple task. As a WPI academic advisor, you need a wealth of knowledge and experience along with a fair amount of skill. This fundamental knowledge includes an understanding of campus policy and procedures, plus familiarity with the undergraduate curricula.
Crucial skills that an academic advisor needs are:
- The ability to give good advice based on a general assessment of students' goals, interests, and abilities.
- The ability to relate personal and professional experiences in the context of the choices students have or need to make.
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