As the first step in the registration process, ALL students must meet with an advisor in the Office of Student Services.
Each student should have at least 4 contacts with their Advisor during the semester. Contacts include emails, phone calls, classroom visits, and appointments. The nature of each meeting is as follows:
- Introduction – This is the initial contact where students get to meet their advisor. The advisor will cover and review the students’ goals and how they plan to use their degree as well as showing students how to access the online academic calendar. This contact is primarily done through classroom visits to a student’s CA course.
- Mid-point assessment – The purpose of this contact is to get an idea of how students are coping with their classes while juggling other duties. Students can schedule appointments with tutors or address any other needs, issues or concerns they maybe facing with the guidance of an advisor. This contact can be made through an email, phone call, or appointment.
- Advisement – Students should meet with their advisors by appointment (preferred) or walk-in to select their courses for the upcoming semesters. Past courses and academic progress will be reviewed as well as any other issues or concerns.
- Final assessment – This is the final contact students have with their advisors during the semester. Advisors encourage students to return to school the following semester, make sure students are prepared for the upcoming semester, and review start dates and other important dates during the first few weeks of classes. This can be done via email, phone or in person.
One-on-one advisement is an essential component to the college experience because it positions students to regularly evaluate their academic progress. During advisement, your advisor will review your academic record with you and help you plan a course schedule for the upcoming semester, preparing you to continue to work towards your degree. In order to complete your advisement, all holds must be cleared from your file. If you have been notified that there is a hold on your file (for example: immunization records, financial aid documents, admission’s documents, etc.) then you must clear those holds before advisement can take place. If you’re not sure if you have a hold, you can ask in Student Services.
When you complete advisement you will be pre-registered, pending final approval from the Registrar. You will receive a class schedule in the mail once your final registration is completed. A billing statement will be sent shortly thereafter.
The way to make this happen is to come in early for advisement. Completing your advisement before the deadline is the best way to:
- Register for the schedule of your desired classes
- Avoid waiting on lines
Ensure that you are ready to begin classes on the first day of the new semester. Together we’ll plan your course schedule and prepare you to continue to work towards your degree.
You can walk into Student Services at any time during operating hours. If you wish, you can also schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor. We highly recommend that you come in for advisement as early as possible.