Advising

Purpose of Advising
The purpose of college advising is to assist students in making informed decisions about their educational pathways and to connect students with the tools they need to be successful at Southeastern Community College.

The Role of New Student Advisors
New Student Advisors are available to work with students who are just starting out in their education at Southeastern, students who are taking pre-requisite courses for a specific program, students who are transitioning into a program of study, or students who have been here in the past and are returning to pursue curriculum education.

The Role of Faculty Advisors
Faculty advisors are available to work with students who have met the requirements of a particular program of study and are ready to enter that program.

Advising Tips for Students

  • Be prepared to choose your own classes! Advisors can only advise; they cannot select classes for you.
  • Look up the course schedule in advance in WebAdvisorbefore you come in to register! If you come in with a list of classes prepared, registration will be a much more efficient process.
  • Transfer students: know the requirements of the college you are wishing to transfer to! We cannot guarantee what courses another school will accept as part of their programs.
  • Ask for help! You may be surprised by what is available to you if you ask.
Student Responsibilities as Advisees
  • Schedule appointments to meet with your advisor on a regular basis to ensure you are on the right path (this includes calling to cancel or reschedule in a timely manner if necessary)
  • Know your graduation plan and graduation requirements
  • Come prepared with all relevant materials (including a copy of your graduation plan, information from your desired transfer institution(s) if appropriate, questions you may have, etc.)
  • Follow through with actions discussed during the advising session
Advisor Responsibilities
  • Maintain an open, caring, and professional environment
  • Be available to students through email and office hours
  • Be knowledgeable about program offerings, college policies and procedures, and graduation requirements
  • Assist students in developing educational and career goals
  • Refer students to appropriate campus resources to meet their academic needs

What is Early Alert?
The Early Alert Referral System (EARS) at Southeastern Community College is a new process that began in fall 2012. EARS was implemented to help students succeed in their academic goals. Its purpose is to identify and help students at-risk of failing their classes or dropping out of school. Faculty members can refer students during the semester that show at least one risk factor, such as poor attendance or incomplete work, to one of the New Student Academic Advisors. The advisor follows up with the student by mail, email and/or phone call to set up an individualized advising meeting. With the advisor, the student receives information about campus resources and completes an academic success plan that encourages goal setting and prioritizing needs.

Students who are contacted by EARS should speak with one of the New Student Advisors as soon as possible in order to maximize their likelihood of success here at Southeastern.