Academic Advising at NEC
Introduction to Advising at NEC
New England College uses a shared organizational model of advising. All
first-time NEC students (including transfer students) are counseled by
the Advising Office, which is located in the Pathways Center. Students’
initial contact is with advising personnel who help them choose their
classes and acquaint them with basic academic information. Students are
also assigned a faculty advisor at the time of registration. When
possible, this is a faculty member they are taking a class with, and is
in their major. Advisors are full-time faculty who have generally been
at the College for a minimum of one year. The advising ratio (student
to advisor) varies between majors.
Advisors have their first official meeting with their advisees at the new student orientation. Throughout the first year advisors are in contact with their advisees and share key dates and tasks that need to be met. Students can change advisors at any time throughout their academic career, and are strongly encouraged to select an advisor in their major. The advising relationship continues throughout the students’ academic career, and even beyond graduation.
Students are encouraged to seek out their faculty advisor for their primary advising relationship, but they can also consult with the Advising staff in Pathways for answers to questions, and some short-term problem-solving when their advisor is not available. The advising services at Pathways are available to all students at New England College.