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Academic Advising Goals for Students

  • Understand how to achieve balance: academics, family, work, recreation and social activities.
  • Connect your educational plan to your career and/or personal goals.
  • Value general education requirements and how they help you achieve your goals.
  • Value regular and continued advising as you proceed toward graduation.
  • Make the most of your advising sessions. They’re about you and your goals, after all!

Your primary responsibilities include:

  • Reading the catalog carefully.
  • Being familiar with college programs and requirements and transfer information, if appropriate.
  • Maintaining a file of important college documents.
  • Developing self-awareness and student success skills
  • Keeping scheduled appointments.
  • Following through on recommendations from your advising sessions.
  • Accessing and making use of all needed resources on campus.
  • Accepting ultimate responsibility for your decisions and actions.
  • Scheduling advising appointments as needed
  • Being prepared to each advising session
  • Displaying respect for the advisor and have a positive attitude toward the advising process
  • Being an active learner by participating fully in the advising experience
  • Abiding by the Student Code of Conduct
  • Becoming knowledgeable about academic programs, policies, and procedures and use available resources and services
  • Asking questions if you do not understand an issue or have a concern
  • Checking all student communication platforms and degree audits often to keep track of academic progress


Your advisor’s primary responsibilities include:

  • Providing up-to-date information about college and program requirements, policies, and procedures.
  • Providing a respectful, supportive atmosphere.
  • Keeping accurate records.
  • Assisting students in understanding the purposes and goals of higher education and its effects on personal goals.
  • Providing students with information about educational opportunities outside of the classroom.
  • Understanding and effectively communicating MCC’s departmental policies, core requirements, and degree requirements.
  • Being reasonably accessible and available to students.
  • Encouraging and guiding students to define clear and realistic educational plans.
  • Providing appropriate resources and referrals.
  • Listening carefully to questions, concerns, and issues.
  • Assisting students in working with, and developing professional relationships with mentors, advisors, faculty and staff.
  • Monitoring and accurately documenting student progress towards meeting academic goals.
  • Maintaining confidentiality and follow MCC’s policies and FERPA regulations.
  • Continually reassessing academic plan and courses in light of changing goals and overall academic performance.
  • Upholding ethical standards during the advising process.