Upon admission to the Ph.D. in HP Program the student will be assigned an advisor. The decision of advisor is based on the student's area of specialization and the faculty member's area of expertise, and the faculty member's current advising load. The purpose of advising is to assist the student in (a) selecting course work, (b) meeting additional provisions for admission which may have been stipulated upon acceptance, and (c) selecting the Chair of the dissertation committee. The advisor may hold either doctoral or graduate faculty status. If the advisor is to serve as chair, the student's major professor of the dissertation committee, he/she must hold doctoral graduate status. The advisor assists the student in writing the degree plan.