Academic Advising Program Overview
The primary goal of New England College’s Advising Program is to help each student realize his or her full academic potential. There are many elements to this, some of which are listed below:
• Helping students make the transition from high school to NEC
o Help the student make connections with other students,
faculty, staff and organizations on campus
o Help the student to understand the differences in
expectations between high school and college
o Help the student select an appropriate class schedule
o Help the student learn College procedures, and where to
go to get assistance.
• Helping students achieve while at NEC
o Help students to determine their goals, strengths and
weaknesses. Help them set specific targets in dealing with
these goals, strengths and weaknesses
o Help students learn time management and effective study
o Help students select courses and a major program that will
help them to meet their goals
o Help students select courses, internships and activities that
will heighten their strengths and help remedy their
o Help identify students who are having difficulties with their
course work or social adjustment so that assistance can be
o Help students develop self-advocacy skills.
• Helping students make the transition from NEC to the
o Help students make appropriate career choices. Advise
them about the courses, internships, and activities that will
be helpful in that career.
o Help students to identify appropriate graduate or
professional programs, or to make the connections
necessary to identify potential jobs
o When appropriate, serve as a reference for a student.
A faculty advisor is part of an advising team that also includes Advising Office personnel, Career and Life Planning staff, and Student Development staff, who play a critical role in the ability to achieve these important outcomes.
Although fulfillment of graduation requirements is the students’ responsibility, the faculty advisor is expected to remain current in general education and major requirements, and provide accurate information to students.