Academic advising, based in the teaching and learning mission of higher education, is a series of intentional interactions with a curriculum, a pedagogy, and a set of student learning outcomes. Academic advising synthesizes and contextualizes students’ educational experiences within the frameworks of their aspirations, abilities and lives to extend learning beyond campus boundaries and timeframes (NACADA, 2006).
Why Seek Academic Advising?
Academic Advising is a key component of your success at Gateway Community College. Seeking academic advising each semester will reduce the likelihood of improper course selection and delays in graduation.
When Should I Make an Appointment?
Continuing and transfer students should meet with an academic advisor each semester to select courses for the upcoming semester.
Fall advising should be done in March or April of the previous semester and spring advising should be done in October or November of the previous semester. A simple way to remember it is time to seek advising is that mid-term exams have begun or it is half-way in the current semester.
Where Should I Go for Academic Advising?
New Students should attend a New Student Advising & Registration (NSAR) session. Click on the left hand New Student Advising link for more information.
Transfer and Re-Admit Students
Students should seek their first semester advising from the Counseling & Student Success Center. Click on the left hand Transfer and Re-Admit Advising link for more information.
Continuing students have different options for obtaining academic advising however the most common places to seek advising are; academic program coordinators, chairs and directors or generalist counselors/advisors. Students who have selected a program major should seek advising from the academic coordinator or his/her designee. Students who are undecided or exploring several options should seek advising from a counselor in the Student Success Center. Click on the left hand Continuing Student Advising link for more information.
What Happens in Academic Advising?
The advising session includes an interactive dialogue between advisor and advisee the covers a range of topics such as; educational goals, career goals, academic progress and school-work-family balance. At the conclusion of the session the advisor should recommend a set of courses based on this discussion.