The purpose of academic advisement is to facilitate the selection of courses that will be appropriate to individual student needs and goals. The advisement sessions provide an opportunity for the student to get professional assistance in the evaluation, selection, and accomplishment of the educational program that meets the educational, professional, and personal goals of the student.
Each student attending GMC is assigned an academic advisor to assist him/her in developing and managing the course selection process according to the student’s degree plan. The advisor is a faculty or staff member who has demonstrated expertise in the selection and planning of course enrollment. All course registration forms must be approved by an academic advisor as part of the registration process.
Each quarter there will be an opportunity for the student to meet with the academic advisor for pre-registration for the next college term. Pre-registration allows the student to pre-plan their academic schedule and to develop the best schedule of courses. Advisement is a cooperative effort that requires the guidance of the advisor and the acceptance of the student to achieve a schedule for completion of the education program best suited to the student's goals. It is the student's responsibility to make an appointment with their advisor and complete the registration process to include arrangements for tuition and fee payment.
- Discuss your goals and plans with your advisor so that the advisor may advise you on course work that supports such goals. If you plan to go to a specific senior college and know your intended major, that is important information for your advisor. Research your follow-on school for courses that you might can complete at GMC.
- Inform your advisor of any change in your program or degree plans. If you choose your plans for a major or concentration, then let your advisor know. All changes of degree programs must be completed through your academic advisor.
- If you plan to enroll in online classes, Guides for Success in Online Classes will give you guidelines for success and the link to purchase your book. Books for online classes are not available at the bookstore.
- Plan with your advisor for the next quarter and possible registrations for future quarters. Print and use the degree planner to help you plan course selections for future terms.
- If you are having difficulty contacting or meeting with your advisor, discuss the matter with the Coordinator of Advising/ Academic Support,
- Keep a record of your advisement and registrations.
- Be on time for your advisement appointment.
- Discuss the difficulty level of the courses with your advisor and plan a registration that realistically fits your time, work schedule, and abilities.
- Don’t be shy about what you don’t know; ask questions and get answers.
- Discuss any academic trouble you have with your professor, your advisor, and the academic coach at your campus.