Academic and Advising Support Syllabus


BGSU advisors strive to challenge and support students to become independent and engaged citizens who are able to take responsibility for achieving lifelong educational, personal, and career goals.


Effective advising fosters critical thinking and informed decision making which supports meaningful living in a global society. Like teaching, advising is a learning-centered process that challenges the student to:

  • clarify attainable goals,
  • create effective strategies to realize personal, academic, and career expectations,
  • foster independence and accountability that results from accessing and utilizing accurate information.

(Adapted from NACADA resources)

At BGSU, academic advising provides students with the opportunity to build a relationship with their advisors for the purpose of gaining assistance in planning their educational career, in learning the skills needed for academic success, and in learning how to access the variety of resources and services available to them on the BGSU campus.


Through the academic advising experiences at Bowling Green State University:

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to make independent and effective decisions concerning their degree and career goals.
  • Students will take ownership to develop an educational plan for successfully achieving their goals and select courses each semester to progress toward fulfilling that educational plan.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the value of the general education requirements. 
  • Students will utilize the resources and services on campus to assist them in achieving their academic, personal, and career goals.
  • Students will make use of referrals to campus resources as needed.
  • Students will be able to accurately read and effectively utilize MyDARS Report, a degree audit, in their educational planning.
  • Students will graduate in a timely manner based on their educational plan.


As an advisee, you have clear responsibilities in the advising partnership in order to be successful:

  • Schedule regular appointments or make regular contact with advisors each semester
  • Come to each appointment prepared with questions or material for discussion
  • Be an active learner by participating fully in the advising experience
  • Keep a personal record of your progress toward meeting your goals
  • Organize official documents in a way that enables you to access them when needed
  • Complete all assignments or recommendations from your advisor
  • Gather relevant decision-making information
  • Clarify personal values and goals and provide advisor with accurate information regarding your interests and abilities
  • Become knowledgeable about college programs, policies, and procedures 
  • Become your own best self-advocate
  • Invest completely in the educational process & accept responsibility for decisions


As an advisee, you can expect your advisor to:

  • Understand and effectively communicate the curriculum, graduation requirements, and university and college policies and procedures
  • Encourage and support you as you gain the skills to develop clear and attainable educational plans
  • Provide you with information about and strategies for utilizing the available resources and services on campus
  • Assist you in understanding the purposes and goals of higher education and its effects on your life and personal goals
  • Monitor and accurately document your progress toward meeting your goals
  • Be accessible for meeting with you via office hours for advising, telephone, e-mail, or web access
  • Assist you in gaining decision making skills and skills in assuming responsibility for your educational plans and achievements
  • Maintain confidentiality


University Catalog

The web-based catalog is an important resource for students and advisors. In addition to access to relevant BGSU academic policies and deadlines, the catalog provides current requirements for all BGSU majors and minors, or “checksheets”. It is the responsibility of the student to understand the information in the University Catalog.

DARS Report (available by logging into "MyBGSU")

DARS is a system that allows students and advisors to access current information about the student’s academic record. In addition to providing a current degree audit, DARS allows the user to “shop around” for other majors in that it will compare current completed courses with proposed degrees to determine which courses would apply to the proposed major.

Advising Website

This website is a useful resource to help students understand the purpose of advisors, how to find an advisor, the student’s responsibility as an advisee, general student success tips and frequently asked questions.

Navigate (formly SSC)

Know where you stand academically!

  • Look for the Navigate Icon in MyBGSU
  • Receive feedback, academic progress reports and early alerts from faculty and advisors
  • Schedule appointments with advisors and tutors with the online scheduling feature 


Canvas is the Learning Management System (LMS) system used at BGSU. Canvas is accessible to BGSU students by logging in to MyBGSU and selecting the Canvas link from the top navigation panel.

Textbook Ordering

  • Log into MyBGSU and click on Student Center
  • Choose Class Schedule from the drop-down menu on the left
  • Choose the semester for the booklist you want to see
  • Select the yellow Book List button *Note: Be sure your browser settings allow pop-ups*
  • Choose the book condition and preferred retailer, add book to cart, and check out. Repeat this step for each book on your list. Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS)
  • Each semester, students should review their Degree Audit or DARS report through  MyBGSU”>Academics. The report is a computer-generated document that checks various graduation requirements. DARS reviews all BG Perspective, college degree, and university-wide requirements. Requirements are encoded for most majors and some minors (not all minors are encoded