Communicate to the student the options available to the student, the requirements that must be met and a time frame within which to complete them.
During the summer orientations, the perspective major meets with the department head who provides the student with an overview of the department and its programs. At this point the student receives an advisor. A student receives their PDF from their advisor. The amount of advising a student receives will vary with the academic security and confidence of the student.
Recent Changes and Future Plans
To Improve Quality of Advising
The department introduced a rotation system in our advising assignments in AY 95-96. That year five (or more) faculty were assigned advisee's in each of the freshman through senior level majors. The new majors arriving in the freshman orientation were assigned advisors in the summer of 1996. Every faculty is involved in the rotation. This maintains the quality we have in our advising scheme and attempts to keep the advisee to faculty ratio as small as possible.
To Improve Accessibility of Advisors
Advisors are highly accessible and alternative advisors are readily available should the need for them arise.