Advisor Resources


In the Office of Co-Curricular Programs we recognize the valuable role that advisors play in the success that our student organizations enjoy. We are equally as committed to the positive growth of our student leaders and want to provide as many resources as we can to ensure their growth. Your involvement is truly the greatest resource that our students have and we appreciate all you do and have compiled the following information to assist you in being the best advisor that you can possibly be.

The Student Organization Advisor

All registered Student Organizations are required to have a Wagner College faculty or staff advisor. As a general rule, advisors are chosen by the group, based on possible interest in that organization's mission. Be advised that some advisors are administratively assigned by the Office of Co-Curricular Programs or the Dean of Campus Life.

Advising Defined

  • The basic purpose of the advisor is to work with the student leaders and members of a student organization with the goal of:
  • Providing a sense of "continuity" for the organization especially during officer transition
  • Being a resource person with a knowledge base for institutional policies, etc;
  • Assisting the leaders and members to fulfill their responsibilities;
  • Aiding the organization to define and achieve its goals and objectives;
  • Integrating the organizational activity with the overall mission of Wagner College.

The Role of the Advisor

Advisors may be responsible for filling a variety of roles - it is important to clarify and outline these with each new group of officers:

  • liaison between the organization, administration and faculty;
  • an interpreter of policy;
  • an information resource regarding organizational procedures, group process and programming concerns;
  • a resource providing history and continuity between changing organization leadership;
  • a teacher of programming skills;
  • presenter of philosophical ideas and concepts of leadership;
  • a counselor, mediator, consultant, sounding board, and friend.

A "good" advisor usually will:

  • be visible, vocal and provide their own leadership;
  • support student growth and student development;
  • be active and involved in the student organization's activities;
  • keep the student organization in compliance with college policies;
  • allow students to make mistakes in the learning process;
  • provide vision and inspire the membership to aspire to new and greater challenges.

Responsibilities of an Advisor:

  • Have a concern for the on-going function of the organization. This can be most easily accomplished by regularly attending executive board and organizational meetings, thus establishing continuity from year to year.
  • Be concerned about developing the leadership skills of members, particularly the executive board, by discussing and helping to analyze group interactions and decision making.
  • Be aware of the goals and directions of the organization and help the members evaluate their progress toward these goals.
  • Advise the organization’s president on College policies and procedures in the areas of scheduling, purchasing, organizing public events/broadcasts, etc.
  • Advise the organization’s officers regarding the operations of the organization.
  • Advise the members on financial matters.
  • Mentor students leaders and assist them in becoming responsible citizens.