The School employs a developmental approach to advising within the PharmD program – realizing each student is a unique person, student, and scholar. Faculty advisors serve as coaches, mentors, and advocates as students aim to maximize their growth and development over a 4-year PharmD experience. The School subscribes to the National Academic Advising Association definition of advising:
“Academic advising is an educational process that, by intention and design, facilitates students’ understanding and the meaning and purpose of higher education, and fosters their intellectual and personal development towards academic success and lifelong learning.”
Academic advising, coaching, and mentoring concerns itself with academic performance, student satisfaction, and quality of student life. Additionally, within this School, the advising relationship focuses intently on helping PharmD students plan and make meaning of their entire educational experiences. At the beginning of the program, students are placed into peer mentor groups, which also serve as an effort to build community. Each peer mentor group is assigned two peer mentors and one faculty advisor, who engage in consistent and on-going interactions throughout the student’s journey as a PharmD student.