Mission & Goals of the Academic Advising Office


The Academic Advising office assists students to develop the skills and strategies they need to be effective, self-directed learners so they can succeed in their academic endeavors. The interdepartmental team of staff fulfills the mission by collaborating with students, faculty and other offices, integrating a variety of resources and services.

Our primary functions:

  • Individual and group instruction on the following topics:
    • Academic Skills – time management, organization and planning; understanding course syllabi and course expectations; identifying effective study spaces; overcoming procrastination; note taking; test preparation and study skills; class participation;  problem-solving skills; resources and techniques to minimize the impact of personal challenges on academics
    • Academic Planning – choosing a major; determining academic plan or credits to graduation; interpreting academic policies; interacting effectively with faculty advisers
  • Peer tutoring and mentoring for most subjects within the humanities and social studies divisions, and peer organizational mentors for all subjects
  • Management of alerts from faculty including Academic Progress Reports and Midterm Assessments for first-year students; follow up with students and advisers
  • Case management and success coaching for students on academic probation
  • Cooperative, inter-departmental student success programs including faculty advising, the First-Year Tutorial, The Second Grinnell Year, the Grinnell Science Project, transfer student orientation, Partners in Education.
  • Student requests for exceptional course withdrawals and leaves of absence from the College

Learning Outcomes

  • Students who meet with an Academic Advising staff member will feel more confident in their ability to manage their situations or handle similar situations in the future.
  • Students who meet with an Academic Advising staff member will learn about resources on campus that they did not know about or learn how to best access and use resources they already knew existed.
  • Students who meet with an Academic Advising staff member will learn a new academic skill or strategy such as organization/planning, time management, study skills, note taking, class participation, or ways to effectively communicate with faculty.
  • Students who meet with an Academic Advising staff member will enhance their abilities as a self-directed learner and develop agency.
  • Students who use the tutoring and mentoring program will be able to better understand their course material, course expectations, and become more independent learners.
  • Students who transfer to Grinnell College and participate in orientation will acquire skills and knowledge to make a successful academic transition.

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