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Running Start Advising

Student Responsibilities in the Advising Relationship

At Olympic College, Running Start students are expected to see an advisor every quarter. This expectation is enforced through the use of a signature or quarterly PIN number at registration. Generally, it is expected that a student will also see a faculty member in the discipline in which the student chooses to major. The choice of a specific advisor is left up to the student. The student advisee has primary responsibility for:
  • contacting the college well in advance of the expected first quarter of attendance. Actions needed may include filing an application, applying for Financial Aid, taking the COMPASS or ASSET assessment, and having transcripts from other schools attended sent to the college.
  • taking the initiative in setting up an appointment with the advisor each quarter, scheduling all advising sessions early in the advising period and arriving promptly prepared to make full use of the advising session.
  • reviewing the quarterly schedule of classes before the advising session if you are going to be discussing registration.
  • becoming familiar with college publications such as the catalog, advising guide, student handbook and the academic calendar, including important dates.
  • asking questions to get the help that is needed and to find out about campus resources.
  • thinking about and analyzing skills, interests and values in order to make decisions about educational goals, including selection of courses, major and tentative careers.
  • planning ahead to the next step in the educational process and becoming familiar with possible transfer schools and their admission requirements, major pre-requisites, etc.
  • discussing academic difficulties with your advisor and taking action to correct the difficulties.

Academic Advisor's Skills and Responsibilities

An Academic Advisor assists a student in pursuing his/her educational goals, facilitating access to the full range of learning opportunities and services available at Olympic College. To succeed in this helping role, an Academic Advisor must:

  • provide a friendly, open atmosphere that will foster advisee self-exploration and self-awareness.
  • have a thorough understanding of the current curriculum, institutional requirements, course sequences and general education requirements.
  • have a working knowledge of current institutional policies and procedures.
  • participate in appropriate training and advising information networks.
  • be familiar with current institutional support services, special programs, and co-curricular activities for accurate and appropriate referrals; know where to find accurate information.
  • have good communication skills; listen well, build an atmosphere of trust, and respond to the interests and concerns of the advisee.
  • be reasonably accessible and let advisees know how to set up appointments as needed.
  • help the advisee understand his/her responsibilities in the advising process.
  • assist students to recognize the possible short- and long-term consequences of their choices and to take responsibility for their lives.
  • focus beyond each quarter by relating interests, skills, abilities, and values to careers and the world of work.
  • maintain accurate records of advising contacts with students.
  • keep up-to-date transfer resources and referrals.

Limitations on Academic Advisor Responsibilities

The Academic Advisor serves as a facilitator and role model. However, there are limitations to an Advisorís responsibilities. An Academic Advisor can NOT:

  • make decisions for an advisee, but can be a sympathetic listener and offer alternatives to consider.
  • alter the natural abilities of a student, but can encourage maximum skills development.
  • change college policy or academic requirements, but can inform and recommend courses of action.
  • serve as a personal counselor, but can be a resource for referrals to appropriate professional personnel.