The mission of academic advising at Franklin & Marshall emanates from ideas and values about student learning that are central to the College's Mission Statement. Academic advising at F&M has the following mission:
Academic advising at Franklin & Marshall is focused on promoting learning and successful transitions of students. Through the advising relationship, the adviser attempts to inspire in students an awareness of skills and competencies associated with academic success, the ability for meaningful self-reflection, and the use of sound decision-making skills. Academic advising facilitates this learning by engaging students in an advising dialogue that promotes the expression and justification of individual goals and objectives and where the adviser guides the learner through the decision-making process.
From the perspective of learning theory, students actively construct their understandings and meanings of their education. This implies that the advising process is primarily concerned with student learning. It is thus recognized that advisers play a key role in inspiring students with an awareness of, as noted earlier, "skills and competencies associated with academic success, the ability for meaningful self-reflection, and the use of sound decision-making skills." Furthermore, the adviser helps to: