To quote a Union faculty member from a survey on academic advising at Union, "It is knowing students as individual personalities, learners and young people that makes a critical difference in a small college. The major rationale for a small college is to reap the rewards of a close-knit community."
Academic advising at Union is an educational process and an extension of faculty teaching responsibilities. Advising engages students in an interactive process designed to assist them in making informed choices that maximize the benefits of their liberal arts education. Good advising recognizes the individuality of each student. It has a developmental component requiring different approaches with students at different times in their academic careers. A good advisor helps teach students independence. Ultimately, students are responsible for their decisions and for availing themselves of what Union has to offer. Nevertheless, a strong advising program will help them realize their potential.