New faculty and specified staff should be given a training session(s) to acquaint them with policies and procedures for academic advising and student course registration. Faculty and specified staff should be informed of their role in student retention. Faculty and specified staff should be fully aware of all of the aspects of academic advising at UMFK.

1. All academic advisors should be given periodic workshops in mentoring substance abuse diversity training and other appropriate student related needs.

2. All academic advisors should be given a yearly seminar on course and program changes and new requirements within their advising area. Responsibility for creating/scheduling these seminars rests with the Academic Advising Task Force and the Office of Vice President for Academic Affairs.

3. All advisors should be appropriately informed with respect to the status and form of the General Education component.

4. Academic advisors should be identified with majors programs and degree options.

5. Academic advisors should be mentors and aware of procedures for referring students who need special counseling. Depression Suicide Medical/ Mental Illness. SUGGESTED TRAINING TOOLS: An advisor checklist of important tasks (2 or 4 year plan advisor transfer career aid). Catalogue updates (new programs policy changes). Five year plan for all course rotations. Planning worksheets for all programs. Contact list for referrals (financial aid housing issues tutoring etc). Recommended course sequencing (especially the General Education component). List of transferable courses to and from UMS member campuses. Catalogues for all UMS campuses and other Maine schools. Transfer information from AA to BA and BS degree programs (Forestry to Public Safety). Copies of all completed articulation agreements. Annual full campus meetings (systematic distribution of information/changes).