Academic advising is an important resource available to all students and a joint responsibility between advisee and adviser. Entering first-year students in the College are assigned a first-year/sophomore adviser from among the faculty. Recognizing that academic interests may change, advisers are not always assigned based on intended major.
Students are encouraged to talk with any faculty member to learn about academic and career opportunities in her or 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 career development. 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 to 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, adult bachelor’s degree programs and the Teacher Intern Program.
An 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.