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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.
Advising Mission Statement
The New England College Advising Program is designed to:
- offer students encouragement, advice, and support;
- challenge students;
- assist students in realizing the full potential of their academic opportunities;
- help students as they create meaningful educational plans that are compatible with their own strengths and emerging goals; and,
- to enable students to assess their academic progress.
NEC uses a developmental advising model. The active member in the advisor/advisee relationship shifts over time. Advisors are expected to initiate contact with first-year students to encourage them to participate in advising activities. By senior year, the student should be the one to initiate contact, and should be able to independently develop strategies and set goals.
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:
- Transition from high school to NEC;
- Make connections with other students, faculty, staff and organizations on campus;
- Understand the differences in expectations between high school and college;
- Select an appropriate class schedule;
- Learn college procedures, and where to go to get assistance,
- Assist students to achieve while at NEC;
- Determine your goals, strengths and weaknesses. Help you set specific targets in dealing with your goals, strengths and weaknesses;
- Learn time management and effective study habits;
- Select courses and a major program that will help you meet your goals;
- Select courses, internships and activities that will heighten your strengths and help remedy your weaknesses;
- Help identify students who are having difficulties with their course work or social adjustment so that assistance can be provided; and,
- Develop self-advocacy skills.
Helping students transition from NEC to the post graduate world by:
- Advise making appropriate career choices, as well as the courses, internships, and activities that will be helpful in that career;
- Identify appropriate graduate or professional programs, or to make the connections necessary to identify potential jobs; and,
- 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.