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Academic Counseling

Overview

Upon admission to the College, students meet with a counselor to select a program of study that is appropriate to each individual’s aptitudes and interests. Once a program is selected, all curriculum students are assigned a faculty advisor (by program) who assists with course planning, registration, and documenting academic progress. Progress conferences are encouraged at any time throughout the year. Academic advisors and counselors make every effort to provide effective guidance, but the student bears the final responsibility for ensuring that all academic requirements are satisfied for the selected program.

Selecting Program of Study

Choosing a program of study that aligns with a student’s future goals and plans is critical to a good academic start. Program selection is an individual choice that should accurately reflect the student’s aptitudes and interests. Counselors work with all incoming students to help them identify and select a program that is suitable for workforce training or transferability. Students are often undecided on which program would be best for them. Several assessments, including the Interest Profiler, are available through the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) website. Results from these assessments provide insight on suggestions for potential majors and careers. These are important talking points for the Counselor and student to discuss during program selection.

Changing Program of Study

Students may find that the program they initially selected no longer fits their educational and career objectives. A Change of Program form must be completed with a Counselor in Student Services when a student changes programs. Counseling is provided on the potential impact a program change may have on a student’s academic progress and financial aid. Once a new program of study is selected, students will meet with an advisor in that program to gain a full understanding of the necessary requirements and expectations. Before changing to a new program, please consider that a program change may result in one or more the following:

  • Exceeding the 150% maximum timeframe for Financial Aid.
  • Require additional courses.
  • Take longer to complete a degree or credential.
  • Delay entry into the workforce.

Changing an academic plan should be in the best interest of the student and done with careful consideration. Counselors are available to discuss potential options with students prior to beginning the change of program process.

Counseling for Satisfactory Academic Progress

All curriculum students are expected to meet institutional standards of academic progress and show evidence that they are making satisfactory progress toward the completion of their program. In addition, students receiving financial aid are required to meet standards of progress established to comply with federal regulations. When students encounter difficulty maintaining their grades and/or attendance, academic progress may be hindered. Students are encouraged to contact a Counselor to discuss issues they are experiencing prior to being placed on Academic Warning or Probation. Counselors will provide suggestions for strategies and resources to help students succeed. Referrals for tutoring through the College or outside services may also be provided.

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