WVNCC Academic Advising Mission Statement
WVNCC believes no two students are exactly the same. We take a holistic approach to advising students by considering each student's circumstances, goals, attributes, abilities and interests. Advisors work with students to foster self-awareness, articulate goals, and develop feasible paths to achievement.
STUDENTS: You can quickly locate your advisor on the landing page of your student portal.
“IF I’D TALKED TO AN ADVISOR INSTEAD OF JUST MY FRIENDS I COULD HAVE SAVED ABOUT $5,000 AND A LOT OF GRIEF. BETWEEN THE CLASSES I TOOK THAT I DIDN’T NEED AND THE SEMESTER I ADDED BY MISSING THE APPLICATION DATE TO MY MAJOR, A FEW VISITS TO THE ADVISING OFFICE WOULD HAVE REALLY PAID OFF”
Wise College Student
Good reasons to schedule an appointment with your advisor:
- Applying to graduate and/or concerns about graduation
- Reviewing your program/degree requirements
- Planning your schedule for the next semester
- Creating a degree plan/projection
- Changing a major
- Reviewing transfer credit
- Advising on pre-professional programs (pre-education/pre-health)
- Adding classes - after the term begins
- Dropping classes
- Returning for a second degree
- Petitioning for reinstatement after dismissal
- Early alert/probation/academic difficulties
- Advice about internships/volunteer experience
- Other situations you feel necessary
Your advisor works for you! Be proactive - you may need to call or email an advisor more than once. You can find contact information for your advisor in the FACULTY/STAFF DIRECTORY.
WVNCC students should check-in with their advisors every semester.
Advisors post office hours on their office doors.
Advising makes a big difference!
Questions for Students to Ask Academic Advisors
1. What courses do I have to take - and when - to make progress in my degree program?
2. Are there courses that aren't required that you recommend?
3. What good resources are available to search for information about the field I’ve chosen?
4. What faculty member(s) will provide accurate, unbiased information about the field(s) I’ve chosen?
5. For my program (or the another program I’m considering):
a) What classes will give me a good sense of what my field of study is all about?
b) What academic skills, abilities, or learning styles are needed for a student to be successful?
c) What are the greatest challenges faced by students in this field?
d) What do students seem to like most and least about this program?
e) What can students do with my degree after graduation?
f) What type of bachelors programs or professional schools would a student in my field be well prepared for?
6. Can you tell me about prerequisites and corequisites in my program?
7. Are there benchmarks or requirements to be admitted to this program? How can I be prepared for those?
8. What courses outside of my program would best support and complement the major I’ve chosen?
9. What out-of-class learning experiences (e.g., volunteer experiences, co-curricular activities, internships) would be good for me to combine with my major?
10. Am I on track to complete my degree on time?