Student Advising and Planning

As advising for summer/fall 2013 registration begins it is interesting to note that both part-time and full-time students at CFCC are satisfied with the planning and advising they received. Over 67% stated they were somewhat to very satisfied in this area. This is in response to a question on the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), a “tool that helps institutions focus on good educational practice and identify areas in which they can improve their programs and services for student.”

satifaction with academic planning

Source: 2011 CCSSE data

According to Terry O’Banion in the Community College Times, the purpose of academic advising is to help students select a program of study to meet life and vocational goals. As such, academic advising is a
central activity in the process of education.

The ideal process, he states, is one where the student is the main decision maker and the academic advising includes all five of these steps:

  • Explore life goals
  • Explore vocational goals
  • Program choice
  • Course choice
  • Scheduling courses

Terry O’Banion is president emeritus of the League for Innovation in the Community College and senior advisor for higher education programs at Walden University.

Source: Updating academic advising for the 21st century
By Terry O’Banion, Published November 21, 2012
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