Students are expected to play an active role in tracking academic progress, program requirements, class schedules, and more. At WVC, there are Faculty Advisers, Educational Planners and Counselors available to help you pursue your educational goals. Generally speaking, Educational Planners help new and transfer students get started with their first quarter of classes at WVC. After that, students then begin working with their Faculty Adviser for ongoing advising help. Former students can meet directly with their Faculty Adviser.
Student-faculty relationships have always been viewed as a key component of higher education. Faculty advisers have a special knowledge in their disciplines and are aware of specific courses within their divisions, and in educational and career opportunities in their areas of concentration. The faculty adviser can:
- Assist you with academic planning, course selection and scheduling.
- Assist you with developing, clarifying and evaluating educational plans and goals.
- Assist you with identifying and exploring alternative educational opportunities.
- Assist you with the development of long-range educational plans.
- Assist you with transfer information for in-state colleges and universities.
- Assist you in gaining an understanding of the complete requirements of a program.
- Refer you, as needed, to counseling services for educational, personal or emotional support.
To see who your Faculty Adviser is, visit MyWVC link at the top of the page. If you are having trouble contacting your Faculty Adviser, visit the Advising Drop-In Center.
Educational planners’ roles primarily focus on providing academic and support services for first-time students. Educational planners are knowledgeable about the broad range of programs of study available at WVC. They are very helpful to first-time students and are skilled in making appropriate referrals. The educational planner:
- Interprets placement test results and recommends appropriate classes.
- Assists you with academic planning, course selection and scheduling your first quarter at WVC.
- Assists you in planning strategies or approaches to successful goal achievement.
- Assists you in gaining an understanding of the complete requirements of a program.
- Refers you, as needed, to counseling services for educational, personal or emotional difficulties.
- Assists you in the development of functional educational plans.
Many WVC students have multiple issues that accompany them when attending classes, making learning difficult. The pressures from school and outside sources can be overwhelming and cause students to drop out and not experience the best that college life can offer. Expertise in personal and career counseling, along with knowledge of academic program requirements, allows WVC counselors to effectively work with you to enhance your success. The counselor can:
- Assist you in clarifying educational goals.
- Help you become aware of the wide range of educational and career options available to you.
- Assist you with academic planning, course selections and scheduling.
- Assist you in dealing with issues that adversely affect you in attaining your goals.
The role you play in your educational plan must be dynamic. Being proactive to maximize the advising process will provide a solid foundation for your educational experience. Advising is a shared responsibility, and builds on the strengths of your faculty adviser and your willingness to be involved. As a student, it is your responsibility to:
- Read the college catalog and all student policies on the college website and in the student handbook.
- Have all transcripts from other institutions evaluated by the transcript evaluator, with classes noted that relate to the certificate or degree.
- Develop a current student plan and bring that to the quarterly advising meeting with your adviser.
- Set and keep quarterly advising appointments with your faculty adviser.
- Know what placement tests have been taken and include the results in the student plan.
- Know deadlines and dates as they pertain to advising, registration and graduation.
- Learn the transfer entrance requirements at potential transfer institutions.
For more information on advising for all students, please call (509) 682-6830.