Behind the idea of mentorship at Hekima College is cura personalis (the care of the whole person) that is so critical in the Ignatian dynamics. It involves creating a conducive environment that allows the individual to thrive in the course they are registered for and to exert themselves to their maximum potential.
An academic advisor in Hekima College accompanies the students throughout their academic program. The student meets the academic advisor to discuss their study plans. Beyond meeting at registration time, students are encouraged to meet with their advisors more often throughout the school year to discuss their academic experiences. The students should consult the academic advisor about the program and any questions of academic nature. The advising system presumes responsibility, maturity and broad experience of the individual student
Whereas the academic advisors accompany the students, greater freedom is given to the students so that it is out of their own volition that they approach their advisors. When the process is taken seriously, both the student and the academic staff member stand to benefit from these encounters. The student learns the ropes while the academic advisor tries to dodge the potholes that may be found along the way to trap the unsuspecting apprentice.
Assigning Academic Advisor
The Dean or the head of the department where applicable is the main academic advisor of each student in the department but this responsibility is also delegated to other academic staff members of the department. The head of department assigns each student an academic advisor from among the permanent members of staff of the department upon being registered as bona fide students of Hekima University College.
When students are admitted for studies at Hekima College, each of them is assigned an academic advisor. The academic advisor is often one of the permanent academic staff of the College. Their main responsibility is to accompany the students, giving them advice as they select their elective courses which help the student focus on the preferred area of specialization at the end of the program.
Changing Academic Advisor
A student may request for a particular full time lecturer as an academic advisor from the beginning. The student may also request for a change of advisor only for sufficient reasons after being assigned one. The request is presented to the head of department in writing and listing reasons for the change. The head of department reviews the request and makes decision accordingly.
Academic Advising in Theology
Most of the students that are admitted for theology studies are in their formation towards ordination to the priesthood. They generally move as a cohort and they have most courses they take together. Their seminars and electives are very limited to one per semester. Even with the limited choices, the student selection of electives and seminars enable them deepen their understanding of disciplines of preference. In a number of occasions, such selections are handy when the student goes for advanced studies in theology. The accompaniment by the academic advisor enables them to clarify their doubts.
Academic Advising for Peace Studies
In comparison to Theology, the students of Peace Studies and International Relations have wider choice of courses, especially the electives. Proper selection of these electives gives the student an early focus on possibly areas for research when they will later be writing their thesis. The academic advisor helps the students sharpen this focus at an early stage of their studies. Students are always encouraged to visit with their academic advisors and maximize the benefit of such encounters.