About DBU's Advising Center

How DBU's Advising Center Serves its Community

  1. Distributes information related to registration policies and procedures.
  2. Advises specific student populations:
    1. Students enrolled in the Academics In Motion (AIM) program.
    2. Those whose major is undeclared.
  3. Serves as a resource for questions about advising.
  4. Provides training and resources for academic advisors.


  1. Help students understand the purpose of DBU, its mission statement, and the goals of a liberal arts education.
  2. Are mentors for students, and work to establish personal, caring relationships.
  3. Model servant leadership for students to emulate.

Peer Tutoring

  1. Hires qualified students in respective subject areas
  2. Provides free 1-1 peer tutoring services in most General Studies courses to all DBU students
  3. Contact advising@dbu.edu, (214) 333-6843 for applications and tutor request forms

Success in College

AIM 10.501 Success in College is a required class for those enrolled in the AIM Program.

This course is an overview of the procedures, processes, skills, and resources necessary for success in college. The material covered will include practical strategies related to time management, test-taking, note-taking, communication, and critical thinking.

Enrollment in this course will be limited to students in the AIM Program. Requirements will include an individual weekly meeting with an assigned mentor. This course will be repeated for credit every semester a student is on academic probation. Success in College is a one-half (.5) credit hour course.

"The research on college retention and graduation suggests that the primary factor directly affecting whether a student stays in college and graduates is the quality of the interaction he or she has with a concerned person in the campus community." - NACADA (National Academic Advising Association)

Roles of the Advisee

  1. Be responsible for a constant evaluation of one's academic progress and academic choices.
  2. Clarify values and goals.
  3. Become familiar with DBU academic policies, procedures, and requirements.
  4. Know the graduation requirements for chosen fields of study and maintain accurate, current records of progress toward those requirements.
  5. Know one's advisor.
  6. Initiate contact with your advisor and seek help regularly.

Roles of the Advisor

  1. Know their advisees.
  2. Create an atmosphere of openness, care, and concern.
  3. Clearly define advisor/advisee responsibilities for an advisee.
  4. Assist advisees in planning a program consistent with abilities and interests.
  5. Help advisees clarify values and goals.
  6. Be familiar with the information in the student's advising file.
  7. Direct students to campus resources according to their individual needs.
  8. Assist students who are experiencing academic trouble identify possible reasons for their difficulty and advise alternate courses of action.
  9. Know DBU academic standards, policies, and procedures in sufficient detail to provide students with accurate, useful information.
  10. Become familiar with the Buckley Amendment (FERPA).
  11. Study, discuss, verify, and sign advisees' registration forms and other advisement forms.