Meeting with an Advisor
Your guide on your educational journey
Advising is a key component of your educational success and the responsibility of both student and advisor. An advisor is responsible for offering comprehensive and correct information. An advisor is a facilitator of communication, a coordinator of the learning experience, and a referral agent who helps the student define and develop realistic academic and career goals. An advisor perceives the needs of the student in attaining these goals, and then helps the student to successfully match these needs with available institutional resources.
All new LCSC students attend a STAR (Student Advising and Registration) to plan and register for their first semester of courses. Not sure if you need to attend STAR? Go to the New LC Students page for who needs to attend STAR.
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 changing major, transferring to another institution, or 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
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
Prepare for your Advising Appointment
To prepare for your meeting with your advisor, gather together the following tools (at least two of these three plus your ability to access Warrior web):
- A copy of your Degree Audit from WarriorWeb - In the WebAdvisor for Students Menu, under the Academic Planning section, you will find the Degree Audit-Program Evaluation tab. Print this off and bring it with you.There is a great deal of information in the Degree Audit. Want to learn about what it shows? Download the Degree Audit Training Guide
- A copy of your Student Planning work from WarriorWeb - In the WebAdvisor for Students Menu,under the Academic Planning section, you will find Register for Sections and Student Planning. Information that for the classes you have chosen in Student Planning (either as a part of your MyTrek or work with your advisor) will assist your advisor in helping you to make plan adjustments or approving it for registration. Here are the instructions for Student Planning.
- A copy of your Program Plan from the College Catalog - Your program plan outlines the courses that are required for your major along with the options you have within categories. To find your major's program plan, you will go to the College Catalog, choose Academic Programs, click on the Division your major is located in (see list of divisions and majors) and then choose your major and print the program plan.
- Be sure that you can access your WarriorWeb - Go to https://warriorweb.lcsc.edu and then "Enter", followed by "Log In". Your will need to complete your "Conditions of Registration". If you have forgotten your login information, go to "What's my User ID?" Be sure that your password works and if it doesn't, go to "What's my password?" Be sure that you can log into your LCMail as that is where your temporary password will be sent. If you can't log into your LCMail, contact the Help Desk at (208) 792-2231 prior to your meeting time with your advisor.
Bring these tools and skills to your planned meeting time with your advisor. Be sure to ask where your advisor's office is located (building and room number) If you can't make your appointment, call your advisor prior to your meeting time as they have set this time aside for you. Go to a directory of faculty and staff