Student Development Approach to Advising
The student development approach views university education (both within and outside individual academic departments) as an integrated process of learning and development that includes many discrete but interrelated aims, requirements, procedures, and opportunities that students complete before graduation. The student’s capacity to navigate the diverse requirements of higher education in an integrated manner, and to develop goals and plans in line with interests and opportunities at BRAC University, can greatly contribute to academic and professional success. Some of the specific assumptions include:
- Student familiarity with university requirements, and own interests and goals, contribute to academic and personal development;
- The student is an active learner, rather than an empty vessel, who uses knowledge and skills acquired in one setting in other settings as well;
- University requirements and opportunities today extend beyond the activities of individual academic departments to include general education courses, residential semester experiences, learning support programs, co-curricular activities, and career planning and development;
- General education and co-curricular programs offer a wide range of learning experiences that contribute to the overall personal and professional development of students;
- Integrated program of targeted student advising during discrete phases of the four-year undergraduate career links the diverse activities in a coherent frame to ensure the academic and personal success of students.