Academic advising is an important resource available to all students and a joint responsibility between advisee and adviser.
first year students are assigned a first year/sophomore adviser from
among the faculty. Recognizing that academic interests may change,
advisers are not always assigned on the basis of intended major.
Students are encouraged to talk with any faculty member to learn about
academic and career opportunities in her/his discipline. First
year/sophomore advisers guide students in course selection during the
first two years at the college, encourage the exploration of a variety
of disciplines, and inform students of appropriate educational
opportunities and resources that will foster their academic growth and
Students typically declare a major during the
second semester of their sophomore year. At that time, a faculty adviser
in the major area is assigned. Major area advisers assist students in
selecting appropriate upper level courses in the major, which are
congruent with their educational goals. They also assist students in
selecting internships and offer advice regarding entrance into graduate
school, professional school or the workforce.
Students in Adult
Degree Programs are encouraged to consult with a staff adviser
experienced in advising nontraditional aged students. Faculty advisers
are available for matriculated students in associate degree programs,
the Adult Learning Program and the Teacher Intern Program.
Advising Handbook is distributed to students during Orientation or upon
matriculation. The handbook includes a checklist for graduation
requirements, advisee and adviser responsibilities, academic policies
and procedures and sample forms.
Questions concerning advising should be directed to the Associate Dean for Academic Advising.