Features of the College-Wide Academic Support Network

Staff who provide Academic Advising services assist students in understanding policies, procedures, and connect students to other resources as needed.  Academic Advisors are the first point of contact for students for connecting with academic support at the College of Medicine.  Due to the administrative structure of each campus, there are some variances in staff members who meet the needs of academic advising.

Chicago:  Students connect with their OSA Lead.
Peoria:  Students connect with the Assistant Directors for Academic Advising.
Rockford:  Students connect with the Academic Skills Team for academic advising.

The Academic Advisor Will: The Student is Expected To:
Foster an environment of academic professionalism.
Convey expectations for assignments, deadlines, and professional behavior.
Conform to course and clerkship norms of academic professionalism.
Adhere to deadlines, assignment requirements, and professional behaviors.
Articulate COM policies, procedures, and graduation requirements. Follow the College of Medicine policies and procedures regarding academic requirements for graduation.
Respond promptly to student requests for meetings. Respond promptly to meeting requests with academic advisors.
Be prepared for meetings, by reviewing your information before scheduled appointments. Be prepared to discuss educational goals, academic progress, and other academic needs.
Meet with you regularly.
Listen carefully to your individual concerns and interests.
Be proactive in academic and personal development.
Seek help with questions, concerns, and ideas.
Help to create a personalized learning plan, or map, that outlines requirements in each phase of your education at the College. Follow the plan, report any issues and concerns that arise.
Help you to recognize your individual areas for improvement in knowledge, skills, and attitudes as early as possible in your medical education and to connect with academic support services and resources. Maintain consistent communication regarding academic progress and performance.
Engage in self-reflection opportunities.
Discuss individualized academic concerns with you based on unsatisfactory academic progress (e.g., final exam grades) and counsel you about possible implications as well as possible remedies. Accept responsibility for your academic success and develop a working relationship your academic advisor throughout the medical school curriculum.
Connect you to needed personal resources through referrals and support services. Maintain appointments with outside resources, respond to outreach.