What are the differences between a professional academic advisor and a faculty advisor?

Faculty Advisors
Every Ithaca College student is assigned to a faculty advisor. Faculty advisors are expert in their academic discipline, having taught, researched and published in their field. Faculty advisors are knowledgeable about specific courses in their divisions, and in the educational and career opportunities in their area of concentration.

You will meet with their faculty advisor to discuss requirements for your major and to select courses.Your faculty advisor can also be an excellent resources for internships and networking. They can also help you evaluate how well your skills and abilities fit with the field and your goals.

Professional Academic Advisors
Ithaca College has professional academic advisors who are not assigned to specific students. They are available to meet with you (regardless of your major) if you want additional assistance in figuring out degree requirements or have questions about academic planning. Academic advisors do not replace your faculty advisor; they work closely with faculty and deans in your program area to enhance the advisement process.

Professional academic advisors can help you connect with people and offices across campus to get the information you need to succeed at Ithaca College. You can also meet with a professional academic advisor to discuss how to improve your time management or learning skills.

All professional academic advisors have had extensive higher education experience and have graduate degrees in related fields. Professional academic advisors are members of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) and follow its guidelines for advising. Advisors also adhere to the advising standards endorsed by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS).