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Academic Advising

The Advising Center at ASU-Newport is dedicated to providing students with services that will enhance their overall college experience. 

Vision: ASU-Newport academic advising is a shared responsibility between advisors and students to exchange information that promotes excellence and inspires lifelong learning. 

Mission: Academic advising at ASU-Newport seeks to build relationships that support and empower students to reach their academic and professional goals. 

Academic advising is strongly encouraged for all students of ASU-Newport. As many studies in both college retention and completion have shown, academic advising plays a pivotal role in helping students complete their degree in a timely manner. To help facilitate this learning process, ASU-Newport will have Navigators and Academic Advisors available to meet with new students during one-on-one advising appointments. Returning students are encouraged to schedule an advising session with their assigned Academic Advisor.

Click Here to book an appointment with a Navigator!

Click Here to book an appointment with a Faculty Advisor!

What is a Navigator? 

All ASUN students are assigned a Navigator at the start of their academic journey at ASUN. The Navigator is the staff member that follows the student throughout their entire academic career at ASUN. Assisting with enrollment questions, locating support resources, identifying community resources, etc. are a few examples of the areas Navigators can assist. 

What is a Faculty Advisor? 

All ASUN students are assigned a Faculty Advisor at the start of their academic journey at ASUN. The Faculty Advisor is an excellent academic resource and mentor for ASUN students. 


When does the advisor get assigned? 

How are the advisors assigned? 

How long is my advisor with me?


Assigned when a student enters ASUN 

Assignments are based on the primary campus.

Throughout your entire time at ASUN.

Academic Advisor 

Assigned when a student enters ASUN 

Assignments are based on an academic program of study. 

The academic advisor will be updated with changes in academic programs. 

Navigator: Role of the Navigators

The Navigators serve as the student support side of the professional advising model. They meet with all first-time entering students about all of the student support services at ASUN. Additionally, they will advise for some academic programs (general education, pre-allied health, etc.).  The Navigators will remain in contact with all ASUN students (beyond the first term) to serve as their point-of-contact to assist with student support services.

Navigator: Meet the Team
Navigator Focus Area Home Campus Email 
Samantha Dunavion  Pre-Allied Health Porgrams ASUN Jonesboro 
Mary Houchin Academic Programs located at the ASUN Marked Tree campus ASUN Marked Tree
Ronda McGrew Academic Advising-AdministrativeAcademic Programs located at the ASUN Jonesboro campus ASUN Jonesboro 
Kevin Pearce Academic Programs located at the ASU-Newport campus ASU-Newport 


Faculty Advisors: Role of Faculty Advisors

After first-time entering students have met with the Navigator, students will begin working with their assigned academic advisor. Although the Navigator will follow the student through their journey at ASUN and be a part of the student's support team, the academic advisor will take the role of leading and guiding the student when it comes to academic planning. 

ASU-Newport advisors intentionally spend time building rapport and trust with their advisees. Advisors will learn about each adviseeā€™s strengths, skills, and abilities. Advisors will encourage and challenge students to dream about their future and then co-create a plan to help students achieve their goals. During this entire process, advisors are committed to maintaining an appropriate level of confidentiality as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). 

Processes academic advisors may assist students with include: degree and career exploration, designing an academic plan, registering for courses, supplying information on transfer options and/or employment opportunities, and providing information on student services such as tutoring and financial aid.

Faculty Advisors: Schedule an Appointment

Click Here to book an appointment with a Faculty Advisor!

Note: All appointments with Faculty Advisors will be virtual. Updates will be made as needed.

We look forward to meeting you soon to plan for your success! 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is my Academic Advisor? 

  • Log into
  • Click Academic > Degree Audit> Academic Advisor

How do I change my Academic Advisor? 

If a student needs to discuss a change of advisor, please contact . 

How do I change my academic major? 

If a student needs to discuss a change of major, please contact . 

When can I change my major? 

Students can only change their academic major before a full-term semester begins. (Note: Summer I and Summer II are viewed as full-term. Students completing an academic degree program in Summer I and who wish to enroll in a new academic program for Summer II will not be eligible to change academic majors until the Summer II term ends. Students wishing to takes courses will be allowed to do so but will be enrolled in visiting student enrollment and not eligible for federal student  financial aid.)

How do I explore the academic majors offered at ASUN? 

Click here to explore the academic programs ASUN has to offer. 

We look forward to meeting you soon to plan for your success! 

Email if you have any questions.

Communications to Students

To view the current communications to students, please view the documents below. 

Fall 2020 Students: Get Advised for Spring 2021