Georgia Highlands College

Mission and Expected Outcomes of Academic Advising

†Mission Statement

The mission of Academic Advising is to help students explore and determine the best educational options to achieve their personal and professional goals, whether within the core cirriculum, transfer degree programs or career degree programs. Academic advising is a joint venture between the student and a faculty or professional advisor.

Goals of† Academic Advising

  • †Academic Advising will be available to all students.
  • Advisors will assist students in setting realistic educational goals.
  • Advisors will assist students in learning and applying decision-making strategies.
  • Advisors will assist students in making appropriate courese choices.
  • New Students will be introduced to academic requirements of their chosen program of study.
  • Students will become aware of academic institutional resources available to meet their individual educational needs and aspirations.
  • Currently enrolled students will interact with an advisor prior to registration.
  • Students will plan† a program of study tailored to their academic talents and professional interests.
  • Students will understand the importance od thoughtful planning to complete program requirements.

Responsibilities of Academic Advisors

  • Respect the studentís right to privacy of educational records (FERPA).
  • Be accessible to students (This includes maintaining regular office hours).
  • Strengthen advising skills by regularly participating in training activities.
  • Be familiar with institutional regulations and academic policies and procedures and communicate these to students.
  • Offer advice on course selection (New Student Orientation process).
  • Assist with the development of an academic plan that satisfies degree requirements (Early Bird Advising process).
  • Assist with goal-setting, both short-term and long term, that are consistent with studentís abilities and interests (This includes course load and factors such as academic background, program demands, employment or personal commitments).
  • Discuss academic performance and the implications of poor academic performance.
  • Make referrals to appropriate resources as needed (This includes Tutorial Services, Financial Aid, and Counseling & Career Services).

Responsibilities of Students

  • Accept final responsibility for all decisions.
  • Know and comply with the academic policies and procedures of the College.
  • Ask questions!† If you do not understand a policy or procedure, ask questions until you do.
  • Be aware of academic performance standards and GPA requirements.
  • Regularly check GHC email account.
  • Observe academic deadlines.† Know when to register and when to drop/add classes.
  • Notify GHC if address or phone number changes.
  • Participate fully in the courses for which you are registered by completing assignments on time and attending class.
  • Organize official College documents so that they are easily accessible to you.

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