Academic advisors are committed to engaging, encouraging, equipping, and empowering you to explore and excel in the college environment and beyond.
This means that you are the captain of the ship, and your advisor is the map and compass that will help your find your way. Your advisor will not "prescribe" answers or courses for you. Instead, they will encourage you to find academic areas and courses that are the best fit for you. Extracurricular experiences are integral to career and academic development, therefore your advisor will also encourage you to seek learning opportunities outside the classroom.
Academic advising is a collaborative process, and ultimately, you -the student- are responsible for your educational experience.
Academic advising is available on a walk-in, first-come, first-served basis.
Who is my academic advisor?
You are not assigned to a specific academic advisor. When you come into visit with an academic advisor you will be assigned to the first available advisor. You always have the option of requesting a specific advisor if they are available.
What can I expect from my academic advisor?
You can expect your academic advisor to:
- understand Northwest Vista College degree and certificate requirements and effectively communicate them
- provide accurate information about educational options, requirements, policies, and procedures
- provide a safe space in which to share your thoughts, aspirations, concerns, and interests
- refer you to quality resources
- listen carefully to your questions, concerns, and points of confusion
- maintain confidentiality
- encourage and support you as you gain the skills and knowledge necessary for success
- assist you in making course, major, and transfer decisions
What will your academic advisor expect from you?
Northwest Vista College and your academic advisor expect you to:
- schedule regular visits and/or contacts during each semester
- come prepared with questions and/or topics to discuss
- accept responsibility for your decisions and actions
- read all college communications and meet critical deadlines for functions such as registration, add/drops, and application for graduation
- inform your advisor of important changes that directly affect your academic performance and educational goals
- keep a record of your goals and academic progress toward graduation
- be courteous and plan ahead (come in during non-peak times when the wait is minimal)
Academic Dismissal Advising
Academic probation and Academic Dismissal are part of a process that could have serious consequences. Dismissal for scholastic reasons can severely restrict your choices of universities and programs in the future. For information on Academic Dismissal, click HERE