Your Guide to Advising

Top Five Ways an Advisor Can Help

  1. Help you select and register for courses that will be most applicable to your academic interests and career goals.
  2. Assist with course planning to ensure you graduate on time.
  3. Develop, clarify, and modify your academic goals.
  4. Refer and connect you to resources and opportunities on campus and beyond that will be beneficial to you.
  5. Provide guidance and support.

Advisor and Student Expectations

A productive advising session is dependent on a mutual partnership between you and your academic advisor. Please review these guidelines on how you can make the most out of your appointments. 

Students should:

  • Assume responsibility and ownership of education.
  • Be prepared to discuss goals and educational plans.
  • Review the Seattle Central Website or the Academic Catalog to understand the campus community and academic policies and procedures.
  • Meet with your academic advisor(s) regularly.
  • Discuss academic concerns with faculty and academic advisor.
  • Ask for assistance or questions when in doubt.
  • Be accountable for all college communication.
  • Review, track, and evaluate academic progress as noted in your Education plans.
  • Communicate academic progress with friends and family within your comfort zone.

Advisors should:

  • Acknowledge a student’s shared college experience, while maintaining student individuality.
  • Help students with the decision-making process in the selection of courses, majors, and areas of study.
  • Provide students with our attention, understanding and commitment.
  • Utilize theory and practice to assist student development.
  • Create an environment of trust and mutual respect.
  • Help students identify and work towards goal attainment through effective curriculum planning.
  • Help students assume responsibility and ownership of their education.
  • Help students articulate the importance and utility of reaching their academic goals at Seattle Central and beyond.
  • Understand and communicate Seattle Central requirements, policies, and procedures.
  • Identify campus programs, resources, and opportunities.
  • Make appropriate referrals when necessary.
  • Maintain student confidentiality and FERPA rights
  • Help students find balance between personal and professional goals.
  • Advocate for both performance and mastery learning.

Remember, we are here to help you succeed!

What information is available to parents regarding educational records?

By law (FERPA – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), college institutions need approval from students to release any information to their parents. 

Students should review the FERPA Guidelines for Confidentiality of Student Information, then complete the FERPA Release form should they desire to provide someone other than themselves access to their records. Submit the completed form to Registration.