Advising for Faculty

Faculty advisors are a critical component of a student's success in college. They provide professional mentoring and assist students in selecting courses that are specific to their chosen major. Faculty advisors are the best resource for connecting students with opportunities in their field, such as internships, co-ops and field experiences, professional knowledge of the industry, and possible career paths. Faculty advisors can guide students in not only course selection within their major, but also provide guidance for elective selections within their field and possible specialty areas.  

Students who entered LCSC as a freshman will be advised in the Office of Career and Advising Services (CAS) until:

  • The student completes any developmental English (ENGL 103) or Math requirements (MATH 023 or MATH 025)
  • The student completes MyTrek - a multi-step process that encompasses Career Exploration, Student Planning, and culminates with an exit interview with a Career & Advising professional. Once MyTrek is completed, CAS will complete a new Program Information Form and stamp it that the student may move on to be advised in their majors division. 

Faculty and student advising responsibilities are outlined below:  

The faculty/staff member (advisor) is responsible for:

  • fostering the student’s sense of responsibility for his/her life-long educational goals;
  • helping the student clarify educational values and goals;
  • assisting the student in accessing available campus resources;
  • providing accurate information about educational options, academic and graduation requirements, and institutional policies and procedures;
  • helping the student plan and monitor their degree program consistent with his/her interests and abilities;
  • guiding the progress of the student within a major field of study and/or with core requirements, and helping them to monitor and track their progress;
  • providing assistance for career exploration or referring them to Career & Advising Services for this purpose
  • maintaining confidentiality
  • developing a collaborative relationship with their advisee
  • fostering the student’s decision-making skills and self-reliance

The student (advisee) is responsible for:

  • knowing who their advisor is and how to contact him/her
  • developing a collaborative relationship with the advisor
  • scheduling advising appointments prior to registration or other deadlines
  • being prepared for the advising appointment (knowing the purpose of the visit, what courses are being offered, having an idea of what courses they need and want to take, being able to discuss interests and goals with the advisors)
  • familiarizing themselves with core requirements, program requirements, and graduation requirements
  • consulting with their advisor before altering their outlined study plan (i.e. dropping or adding a course)
  • consulting with their advisor if they are having academic difficulty
  • consulting with their advisor if withdrawing from the college
  • meeting with their advisor at least once a semester in order to be released for registration (meeting more often will foster a collaborative relationship)
  • asking questions and seeking help if he/she has issues or concerns
  • becoming knowledgeable and able to make informed decisions
  • accepting responsibility for the decisions she/he makes

Note:  Not LCSC students in the photo and not taken on campus.