Managing Advisors

Advisor Roles and Responsibilities

College access advisors serve as a resource to individuals intent on pursuing their dream of a college education. College access professionals help guide students through the maze of being admitted to, and ultimately completing, college. The roles and responsibilities for advisors will vary greatly among college-access programs. The mission, scope, and target population of your program or center will determine your daily work assignments. This chapter is designed to provide a generic description of the role college access advisors play in servicing target populations. It provides resources for the following aspects of advising, including: Understanding the Mission and Objectives of the Organization; Important Dates & Advisor Activities; and College Info. Center Guides. To learn more,  download NCAN's Advisor Training Module - Chapter 1.  

The Work Environment

It is essential college access professionals become thoroughly familiar with detailed information about the school(s) or college-access center in which you work. That information includes, but is not limited to, learning about: School profile; Academic Programs; Administration and Personnel; School Policies/Procedures/Handbooks; School Calendar; Workspace; Access to Student Information; and Professionalism. To learn more, download NCAN's Advisor Training Module - Chapter 2


Training and Professional Development

College access professionals such as college advisors should expect to receive training provided by an organization when initially hired, and on an on-going basis in order to be effective in the position. Access advisors should expect some training or information sessions regarding organizational policy and procedures. Furthermore, college access programs should offer options for advisors to receive professional development and postsecondary training. To learn more, download NCAN's Advisor Training Module - Chapter 3.