Enhanced Advising

The Advisor Training Institute was designed to provide both faculty and professional advisors the tools needed to effectively advise new and current SFCC students. Seven modules cover all aspects of advising and support and include National Academic Advising (NACADA) methods, interactions that promote student success, FERPA guidelines, Degree Plans, Graduation Requirements, Transfer Information, and Diverse Student Populations were piloted and instituted during the 2014-2015 academic year.

By end of 2016 calendar year it is expected that all faculty complete their training on student advisement. SFCC developed and implemented systematic and consistent advising models that all first-year advisors use (not just Title V advisors) such as contacting a case load of new students each semester as well as following up with the returning students from the previous semester, scheduling a follow up advising session, conducting group advising sessions in FYSS courses and for special populations, such as veterans or STEM students.

SFCC also developed and implemented a method to track advising interactions (SPACMNT option in BANNER software) that the professional advisors currently use.  A ”bolt on” software has been created so that faculty can track their advising interactions and to improve communications between other faculty members and professional advisors.

The SFCC advising framework is based on a case management approach. In 2012, the College restructured the advisors to a centralized model to address inconsistent practices in how students were receiving services. Centralizing advising has resulted in an increase of the Fall-to-Fall retention rate by approximately 10%. However, that number has stagnated over the past few years, causing us to look for improvements in the delivery of advising services.

In the fall of 2015, we started adding an advising hold for all new, first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students.This hold prevents students from self-registering and requires them to speak to an advisor in order to register for classes.This will help keep students focused on their degree plans and prevent them from taking unnecessary classes that may delay their graduation.

During the fall of 2016 we will convene a cross-functional team to look at our advising model and map out a process for connecting students with a faculty advisor. This will further propagate our intrusive advising model as well as increase the retention rates for students who move past the first year of college.

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