Each full-time student is assigned to a faculty member for academic advisement, and usually stays with the same advisor until graduation unless the student changes degree programs. Part-time students are usually advised through the Student Success and Advisement office. Academic advisors have an understanding of the degree requirements for each degree program, as well as information about career and transfer possibilities for the program. In addition, advisors can explain College policies and regulations. An advisor is accessible through regularly posted office hours or by appointment and can also be reached via office phone and email. Advisors can also be helpful in connecting students with campus resources, such as tutoring or counseling.
Meeting an Advisor
It is recommended that students meet with their advisors for the first time early in their first semester at the College to discuss goals and to begin long-term planning for your degree program. At a minimum, students will meet with their advisor each semester prior to registering for the following semester’s classes. Students will also need to meet with their advisor any time they want to make changes to their schedule during a semester (drop/add/withdraw).
Changing Degree Programs
Students who are interested in changing degree programs need to meet with an academic advisor to fill out a Change of Program form. If the student is staying within the same discipline, such as changing from the Criminal Justice A.S. to the A.A.S., they can meet with their current academic advisor to make the change. Otherwise, students should make an appointment with someone from the Student Success and Advisement office to assist them with the change, because it is important that to understand how any courses they have already taken will fit into the new degree program, as well as understanding the impact of the change on academic goals. Sometimes, there are also financial aid considerations that need to be discussed.
Contacting an Advisor
Academic advisement is available even for students who do not take classes on the main campus. Students can always contact their advisor via phone or email. Also, an advisor from the Student Success and Advisement office holds office hours at each Extension Center several times during the semester.