OSU has designated "Learning through Advising" as a signature area in the First-Year Experience of our undergraduates.  The First-Year Advising Syllabus is designed to help OSU first-year students understand key learning experiences, resources, and obligations we want them to encounter, complete, and consider in their first year.  Here is a direct link to the electronic copy of the First-Year Advising Syllabus (PDF) (the hard copy is distributed to students when they come to START). This User's Guide provides support to OSU advisors as they operationalize and utilize the syllabus in their advising interactions with first-year students.  These links provide you direct access to User's Guide content.

1. Read more about the Format and Content of the First-Year Advising Syllabus.

2. College/Schools/Departments supplement the syllabus content with an insert that articulates how advising works in that unit.  Here are the inserts for 2017-2018. These inserts are typically distributed at START, and like the syllabus, revisted during advising appointments in the first year.

University Marketing has developed a template that units can use if they wish. It contains graphics and imagery consistent with the Advising Syllabus contained in the START folder.

Units should use the OSU brand fonts. Information on acquiring and using the fonts can be found at: http://communications.oregonstate.edu/brand-guide/using-brand

3. Advising appointments provide advisors with excellent opportunties to assess how students are progressing in their understanding and achievement of the key learning moments and experiences outlined in the syllabus.  Read more here about ideas on how to assess student learning in advising.

4. One measure of direct assessment is prompting student to act and reflect on these key learning moments and reflect.  Check out these action and reflection prompts that are provided as fillable PDF's for advisors who want to assign them as homework or activities to be completed during the appointment.

If you have an idea for an action and reflection prompt, send it our way. For example, the advisors in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences developed a Learning Goals for Graduates Matching Game to use in the First-Year Advising Workshops. See it listed below.

Learning Goals for Graduates Matching Game (Matching Game Answer Key)


Have a question, comment, or feedback about the First-Year Advising Syllabus or the User's Guide?  Contact us!