Counseling Services

Academic Advisor Responsibilities

Assist students in identifying and attaining their educational goals.

This includes:

  • Explaining the mission of the college and the differences between the degrees and certificates the college offers.
  • Helping the student assess which degree or certificate may be the most appropriate for him/her.
  • Providing accurate information about degree requirements and course sequences of the curriculum.
  • Assisting the student with course selection and/or registration.
  • Monitoring a student's academic progress and producing degree progress reports which allows the student to see which requirements have been met for the degree or certificate and which requirements still need to be completed.
  • Assisting with transfer to other academic institutions.
  • Using career assessments such as the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory to interpret potential career paths for the student.
  • Help with locating occupational and/or career information.

Maintain appropriate counseling approach and ethics.

This includes:

  • Remaining aware of the counselor's limitations and advising only about matters of which they have knowledge. If the advisor does not know the answer to a question or does not possess knowledge of the information a student is seeking, the advisor should find out the answer and follow-up with the student.
  • Creating an atmosphere of openness and trust, remaining non-judgmental and maintaining confidentiality of shared information.
  • Promptly returning student phone calls and email messages.
  • Not making decisions for students. Advisors are not expected to and should not make decisions for students; instead, their role is to provide information, ask questions and listen to what the student wants and needs so the student can make the decision that is right for him/her.

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