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Master Advisor Program

"Effective retention programs have come to understand that academic advising is at the very core of successful institutional efforts to educate and retain students.” V. Tinto

The Master Advisor Program has been created to improve the quality of academic advising for Southeast Missouri State University students by providing faculty and professional staff advisors with appropriate training, professional development, evaluation, and recognition. The program is designed to create a core of highly skilled academic advisors who provide high quality academic advising to undergraduate students.

The three main competencies necessary for effective academic advising:

  • Conceptual understanding: An understanding of the importance of advising along with the ability to make ethical advising decisions
  • Relational competence: The ability to relate with students and develop appropriate advising relationships.
  • Informational background: A good working knowledge of Southeast Missouri State academic information and campus resources for referrals

The Advisor Workshops and the Advisor Handbook are organized to address these three main competencies.

Advisor Workshops

Master Advisor Handbook


Academic Advising - Seabaugh Polytech 301
MS 6810

Academic Advising - Academic Hall 057
MS 3333

One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701