Frequently Asked Questions
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It is our belief that every student is capable of achieving personal, academic and professional success. Therefore, Advising Services is dedicated to helping current and prospective students set realistic goals that will guide the development and completion of an academic plan, while promoting autonomy and personal responsibility for decision-making and overall academic success. In an effort to provide efficient and effective advising services, we are committed to supporting the institution's faculty and staff advisors through continuous training and development.
What is Academic Advising?
- Academic advising is a developmental process which assists students in the clarification of their life/career goals and in the development of educational plans for the realization of these goals.
- It is a decision-making process by which students realize their maximum educational potential through communication and information exchanges with an advisor; it is ongoing, multifaceted, and the responsibility of both student and advisor.
- The advisor serves as a facilitator of communication, a coordinator of learning experiences through course and career planning and academic progress review, and an agent of referral to other campus agencies as necessary
David S. Crockett, Ed. (1987). Advising Skills, Techniques and Resources: A Compilation of Materials Related to the Organization and Delivery of Advising Services. Iowa City, Iowa . ACT Corporation.
What is the Purpose of Advising?
- It assists in the process of defining life and career goals
- It helps students to create an education plan
- It monitors progression toward completion of the student's academic program
- It teaches students to take ownership of and responsibility for their education
- It promotes the creation of a meaningful relationship between student and faculty
When should I see my advisor?
- To see about your grade in a class
- To see your progression towards graduation
- To add, drop, or withdraw from a class
- To change your program of study
- To learn about OCtech’s policies and procedures
- To discuss your level of Academic Probation
- To discuss job opportunities within your program
- To discuss transferring to another college
- To discuss class placement due to test scores
- To set up e-plans in your OCtech Connect
- To discuss options in taking a semester off of classes
New Student Advising
The purpose of academic advising is to assist the student in planning his/her program of study so that all degree, diploma or certificate requirements can be completed.
1. New students will meet with a New Student Academic Advisor in Student Services prior to their first semester and through the initial add/drop period. If a new student wishes to change his/her schedule, drop a course, add a course, inquire about remaining courses in his/her program, or make any changes in that program, he/she must see the Advising Center Advisor FIRST.
2. Students make an appointment with an Advising Center Advisor (or walk in).
3. The Advising Center Advisor will engage in life/career exploration to make sure that the student is in the correct program.
4. The Advising Center Advisor will discuss program/degree requirements,
placement based on SAT/ACT/Transfer credit/COMPASS test results, and create a first semester academic educational plan, and offer additional test preparation options.
5. The Advising Center Advisor will explain the advising process.
6. The Advising Center Advisor will discuss next steps, including Online
Orientation and OCtech Connect/Desire2Learn (D2L) and registration.
7. An Advising Center Advisor will usually be able to assist with a variety of academic problems or concerns. Professional Advisors are available:
Monday – Thursday 8:00am-6:00pm and
Friday 8:00am-1:30pm with limited staff.
Students are urged to make an appointment with an Advising Center Advisor to explore career options and discuss academic choices.
Confidentiality is assured at all times.
Prior to the second semester of enrollment, students will be assigned a faculty advisor who will be available each semester to help plan a program of courses and will generally be the major source of contact. Some courses are offered only once a year. Faculty advisors can inform students of these, if applicable.
Location: Building S - Student and Community Life Center
Advising Hours by Appointment:
Monday - Thursday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 1:30pm (No Appointments on Fridays.)