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