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Advising Quick Guide

Our Advising Quick Guide highlights all of expectations for students and advisors during the advising process in one place. There are links to great resources, too.

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Navigate Student

Advising Technology

Using Navigate Student

  • Use Navigate Student to schedule appointments with academic advisors, success coaches, and more.
  • Receive mobile push notifications specific to your campus “path”.
  • Check out the major and career exploration tools for students who are exploring program options.
  • You’ll receive announcements about campus events, clubs, and ways to get involved.
  • Work with ITS if you need assistance with your MSU Denver login information. You do need to have an MSU Denver Net ID and password to access Navigate Student.


Access Navigate Student from a desktop computer or download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

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New Feature - Academic Planner

You may start hearing from an academic advisor about a new feature in Navigate called Academic Planner. It’s sometimes also called AP or Next Gen Academic Planner, or simply Planner. Academic Planner is an interactive tool that allows for the creation of semester-by-semester course plans in a shared (and retrievable) online space. Academic Planner doesn’t replace your Degree Progress Report (DPR) or any guides you receive from your academic department. You’ll still use your DPR to see your progress toward completing degree requirements. Think of Academic Planner as a tool to outline and organize a path to graduation.

Be on the lookout for any messages about Academic Planner from your academic advisor, too. Ask them about it at your next appointment!

Roles and Responsibilities

Academic advising includes, but is not limited to, guidance on choosing majors, minors, concentrations, and other academic programs; connecting academic choices to career planning; helping students understand academic policies and procedures; and referring students to University resources, as appropriate.

Academic advisors and students both have roles and responsibilities in the academic advising process. When advisors and students bring their best to the table, advising:

  • Empowers students.
  • Serves as a form of teaching.
  • Is responsive to student goals.
  • Is developmental in nature.
  • Is provided in an accurate and timely manner.

(Note: The table below shows student and advisor responsibilities in the advising process.)


Student Responsibilities Advisor Responsibilities
Maintain regular contact with your advisor. Be reasonably and predictably accessible to you via multiple channels.
Come to each advising session prepared to ask questions and discuss concerns. Address your questions and concerns.
Check your University email regularly, manage your inbox, and respond to actionable items. Stay current with University degree requirements, academic programs and policies, and campus resources.
Use the appropriate academic catalog and other resources to become knowledgeable about academic requirements, policies, and procedures. (Ask an advisor if you aren’t sure what catalog you should be using. You can also find this information on your Degree Progress Report.) Interpret University policies, procedures, and requirements.
Examine and attempt to clarify your interests, values and abilities as you define your educational goals and develop your educational plan and be willing to share what you discover. Create a reflective, supportive, and safe environment for you to explore academic ideas.
Accept primary and increasing responsibility for your decisions and actions (or inactions) as they relate to your college experience. Advocate for your best interests within the structure of the University.
Assist you in connecting academic and career goals, utilizing campus resources as applicable.
Adhere to the guidelines set forth by the Family and Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).



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Definitions of Terms

We use a lot of slang, jargon, and abbreviations in higher education. The College of Letters, Arts and Sciences put together definitions of some of the most used terms heard around campus.

Definitions of Terms