Posted on April 28, 2014

Advising to become required for new students

Current students will be unaffected by new advising model

A new holistic advising system at Laramie County Community College will require each incoming student to meet with an adviser before registering and throughout his time at LCCC, according to LCCC’s director of student planning and success.

“Many students go through college without connecting to anyone and thereby miss out on important resources that could help them,” Dr. Kathryn Flewelling said. “LCCC is interested in ensuring that students connect with the college community and take the most effective path toward graduation.” The new students will meet with their assigned adviser each semester.

“Previously, after an initial meeting with an adviser, students weren’t required to see an adviser again unless they got into trouble academically or chose to come in for help. This left a lot of students uncertain as to what direction they should go in and how to make wise choices with their class selection.”

In comparison to the new system, Flewelling noted, “The new advising system was developed to provide students more structured assistance in planning their courses and completing their degrees in a timely manner.”

How will the new system benefit students?

Students coming in to LCCC under the new advising model will benefit from being assigned to an adviser who will track their progress closely and make sure they are staying on course to complete their programs and will connect them with resources throughout the college and, community when appropriate.

With the implementation of the new advising model, all students will now be in continuous contact with their adviser and can avoid choosing classes that don’t work toward their program of study and be connected with resources when they need them.

All new students will be assigned an adviser from the Advising Center to work with throughout their time at the college. Students in declared programs of study will also be connected with a faculty mentor in that area of study. Students will have regular meetings with their adviser to ensure they are on track to complete their program.  

Students who began in the spring 2014 semester are currently being contacted by their assigned advisers. All new students going forward will be under the new model.

“Not a lot will change for current students,” Flewelling said.  “They can continue to work with faculty advisers with whom they have relationships, or they can come to the Advising Center to work with advisers there. We started this semester by connecting athletes with advisers.”

In the fall, current students will be contacted regarding their connection with faculty and will be offered the option of connecting with the advisers in the Advising Center.

“Some students will work more closely with their faculty mentors than with the advisers and vice versa, depending on the nature of the program of study,” Flewelling said. “Some programs do not allow for a lot of leeway in course selection whereas others have quite a bit. Both of these situations require that students make wise choices in choosing their classes.” Advisers and faculty mentors will help students to make appropriate selections, she said.

There are a few “layers” to the system–more of a team concept–to prevent students from falling through the cracks or feeling they are alone, Flewelling advised. “Part of this new model will allow LCCC to track student progress more closely than ever before and intervene when it looks like problems may be starting. Students will be connected with resources that will assist them in getting on track. We will be able to track data on student progress and see which interventions work best for students and thereby decrease obstacles that may be causing students problems,” she said.

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