Academic advising at Wallace Community College is designed to help students succeed and assist them in making the most of their college experience. Advisors will assist students in planning their educational process. Advising services include:
- Short and long term academic planning
- Information about transfer requirements
- Course selection for programs of study
- Information on registration procedures and class scheduling
- Information regarding college policies
- Assistance with academic concerns and special needs
- Assistance with questions and concerns.
How is my advisor assigned?
The Admissions Office assigns an advisor for each student based on their program of study.
How do I find my advisor?
To find the advisor assigned, students can log into their myWCC account. The advisor will be listed under student information.
What should I expect from my advisor and why do I need one?
It has been shown that students who develop a good relationship with their advisors are more likely to persist and graduate. An advisor helps to promote student growth and development, and assists students in assessing their interests and abilities, examining their educational goals, and developing short- and long-range plans to meet their objectives. Advisors provide information on general education and major requirements, clarify policies and procedures, discuss educational and career options, monitor academic progress, and direct students to other resources when necessary.
The goals regarding the advising program at Wallace Community College are as follows:
- To provide accurate information about educational options, requirements, policies, and procedures.
- To help students plan educational programs consistent with their interests, educational achievements, levels, and abilities.
- To help students clarify educational and career goals.
- To assist students by monitoring their educational progress and providing feedback when requested by the student.
- To help students understand the relationship between academic studies and career preparation.
- To refer students to available resources at the College, this may help to meet their special educational needs.
To establish advisor and advisee bond that connects the student to the College, ultimately enhancing the potential for student retention and success.
Both students and advisors must assume equal responsibility in the advising process.
Students are responsible for the following:
- Reading the Catalog and Student Handbook carefully
- Being familiar with degree programs and degree requirements
- Seeking out answers to their questions
- Developing self-awareness
- Keeping scheduled appointments
- Following through on advisor recommendations
- Accepting ultimate responsibility for their decisions
- Making use of all resources on campus
Advisor responsibilities include the following:
- Being knowledgeable about college and departmental requirements, policies, and procedures
- Maintaining adequate office hours throughout the term
- Providing a respectful, supportive atmosphere
- Keeping accurate records
- Ensuring that students are provided access to services on a fair and equitable basis
- Avoiding any personal conflict of interest as well as the appearance of a conflict
- Discouraging students from circumventing institutional policies or regulations; and when confronted with situations in which students have violated policies, addressing the issues and referring students to the appropriate person or department
- Recognizing the limitations of their positions and being familiar with College resources in order to make appropriate referrals
- Maintaining confidentiality according to established standards
What qualifies someone to be an advisor?
- Has full-time status
- Demonstrates rapport with student
- Has understanding of articulation process
- Stays abreast of changes both at the College and transferring institutions
- Is knowledgeable of College policies and programs
- Has a commitment to advising as a part of his or her responsibility to the College and to the student
- Understands the crucial importance of effective advising to student retention and success
Student Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR) Students who attend SOAR are first time college students. During SOAR students will meet with an advisor. Advisors assist students in planning their schedule and pre-register them for their classes.
Regular or Pre-Registration Days. Current, returning, and transfer students go to the assigned advisor’s office to plan their schedule, print a STARS guide, and discuss their plan of study. The advisor pre-registers the student, authorizes the student to register online for the next term, and explains the online registration procedure.
Outside Regular Office Hours. Students should go to the Counseling Office (Grimsley Hall room 125 on the Dothan campus and Building A room 11 on the Sparks campus) where counselors will be available to assist when faculty members are not available.
Web Registration. Students can access the Web to register once their advisor authorizes them. Students who are entering into their first semester of college courses are not allowed to register online. These students must first be assisted by an advisor to receive Web authorization. The dates for Web registration are printed in the schedule each term.
What if I have not declared a major?
WCC can help you find the right fit. Counselors have access to online career exploration tools such as Career Coach and Kuder. See one of your counselors for more information.
Dothan Campus Sparks Campus
Grimsley Hall Building A
Room 125 Room 11