Why is advising important?
Proper enrollment is critically important to a student's time in college (every class is an investment), but enrollment advice is only part of what an advisor can do to help.
Advisors are guides to help students navigate the wealth of resources and opportunities at the University of Kansas. They are advocates for students in need, and they are liaisons between students and the institutions that serve them. Most importantly, advisors help students identify their ambitions and, from time to time, mentor them to effectively pursue those ambitions.
In addition to Zac Shields, the professional advisor for Design students, faculty in KU Design are also available in these capacities, because we know that it takes a village to train some of the best Designers around!
What are my responsibilities as a student?
The Department of Design works tirelessly to support our students. That said, we know from research and experience that students do best when they take personal ownership of their education! Design students should keep the following general rules in mind:
- Ask questions. Your instructors and advisor do what they can to keep up to speed, but they can best help you if you ask!
- Show up and give it your best. (see our policy on attendance, professionalism, and participation)
- Keep it fair. Don't plagiarize. (see our policy on academic and creative integrity)
- Work hard to exceed our academic standards.
Design students should plan to meet with our academic advisor or a faculty advisor at least once per semester to discuss the current semester and plan for the next!