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Advising Handbook

 

Advising Handbook (doc)

 

The Center for Student Success
The Center for Student Success is committed to helping students successfully transition to Georgia College. The Center focuses much of its attention on first-year and second-year academic advisement. We offer assistance that is intended to provide all students quality advisement through the Core Curriculum and academic tutoring services to assist students in making sound choices about majors and career directions.

The vast majority* of all first-year and second-year students will be advised by professional advisors in the Advising Center in Lanier Hall. Incoming transfer students will either begin with a professional advisor or a faculty member in their academic department, depending on the number of credit hours previously earned. Students will be served in the Advising Center up to the accumulation of approximately 45 credit hours. Once the student is approaching 45 earned credits, he or she will then be connected to a faculty member in the academic department of the major. The faculty advisor will then help the student navigate the upper division degree requirements as the student continues in the junior and senior years, progressing toward degree completion and graduation.

*Due to unique aspects of our Music, Music Therapy and Outdoor Education programs, new students in those majors will be advised by faculty members in those departments. If an incoming students is not informed regarding his or her advisor assignment, he or she should contact the Advising Center in Lanier Hall.

Advising Mission Statement
Advising sessions are required for incoming first-year students and new transfer students. In addition, academic advisors and students shall meet to review the student's degree progress by the completion of 30, 60, and 90 earned credit hours.

Advising at Georgia College is a shared responsibility between students, faculty and staff. Through a network of resources and support, students communicate with advisors to obtain information and guidance aimed at the student's successful completion of degree requirements and preparation for post baccalaureate opportunities. An inherent goal of the advising process is for students to gain self understanding that will inform their decisions regarding academic, career and life goals.

Learning Outcomes and Goals
As a result of the academic advising experience at Georgia College, students should:

  • Know the general education or core curriculum requirements
  • Know about academic support services
  • Know how to use the student information system (PAWS) to self register
  • Know how to use the online catalog
  • Be able to generate their degree audit using DegreeWorks
  • Be able to make and keep advising appointments
  • Be able to ask for help
  • Be able to access course descriptions and degree requirements using the online catalog

Policy Requiring Mandatory Advising Meeting for Students
All undergraduate students at GC are assigned an academic advisor prior to the start of their first semester of enrollment.

Students who have declared a major are assigned an advisor in the department and discipline of the declared major. Students who have not yet declared a major are assigned an academic advisor through the Center for Student Success. Advising meetings between students and advisors are mandatory for first year students and new transfer students. Students are expected to meet with their advisors prior to each semester's registration, and meetings with advisors to review degree progress are required for all students after 30, 60, and 90 credit hours earned. Advisors are responsible for documenting when such advising meetings take place.

Contact Information
Georgia College & State University
Center for Student Success
Campus Box 115
Phone: (478) 445-2361

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