Advising Questions

 

Who is my academic advisor? Where do I go to get advising?
Your academic advisor’s information can be found on MySPC, under “My Academic Services.” When you click on your advisor's name, a list opens up that gives you their office number and email address. Your advisor is assigned to you based on the major you listed at the time of application.

If your major has changed, you can contact Christina Conner, Retention Specialist, at 806-894-9611, ext. 2961 or at cconner@southplainscollege.edu to make changes.
If you are unable to reach your advisor, you can also visit one of the Counseling Centers for assistance.
 
I already know what classes I need to take, so why does CampusConnect tell me I have to see my advisor before I can register for classes?
There are several reasons why your advisor wants to see you before you finalize your schedule, including:
-You are TSI-deficient in one or more areas, so you need to enroll in at least one developmental class
-You are in your first semester of classes at SPC
-You are on academic probation
SPC's faculty and staff have tracked student groups for several years, and we have data to show that these measures improve course completion, GPA, and retention to the next semester for our students.

How do I prepare for an academic advising appointment?
Your advisor is available to assist you in reaching your educational goals at South Plains College. Be ready to discuss your academic plans, including how many semesters you want to attend SPC, how many hours you work, family obligations, financial considerations, all of these topics will help you and your advisor determine the best semester-by-semester plan for you.

How do I make my conversation with my advisor a success?
First, be sure to schedule an appointment; while advisors have office hours, they want adequate time to prepare for your visit, too.

Second, bring any information with you that will assist your advisor, such as
  • Tentative list of classes you want to take
  • A list of any questions you have
  • Your copy of the SPC catalog
  • If this is not your first visit with your advisor, bring any materials used from previous sessions
  • If you have changed majors, bring any materials you obtained from your previous advisor
Third, be on time for your appointment. Just as your time is important, so is your advisor’s.

What are the advisor's responsibilities?
The advisor has many responsibilities, including to:
  • Facilitate the student’s educational experience.
  • Maximize student potential with the development of an individualized success plan.
  • Empower students to define realistic educational, life and personal goals.
  • Evaluate student progress toward established goals.
  • Establish relationships by assessing student needs through open communication.
  • Provide appropriate TSI (Texas Success Initiative) placement information.
  • Interpret institutional requirements and policies.
  • Increase student awareness of educational opportunities.
  • Integrate data regarding student needs, goals, success plans and problems.
  • Be sensitive to the needs of a diverse student population.
  • Have comprehensive knowledge of educational opportunities, including academic transfer and technical programs and academic requirements.
  • Continually enhance awareness of advising issues by participating in professional development opportunities.
What are the student's responsibilities?
The student has many responsibilities, including to:
  • Recognize self-responsibility and take ownership in his/her success plan as it relates to life goals.
  • Actively participate in the advising process by scheduling and keeping advising appointments with the assigned advisor.
  • Learn and apply the institutional requirements and policies as set forth in official college publications.
 
When should I contact my advisor?
The best time to contact your advisor is early in each semester, as the weeks surrounding registration tend to be very busy. Optimally, you should contact your advisor once you are admitted to South Plains College.
Other times to visit your advisor include:
  • You have questions concerning your academic performance in a class and progress toward your degree.
  • You are considering selecting or changing your major. Speak with your current advisor and an advisor in the other department.
  • You need advice about adding, dropping, or withdrawing from a class.
  • You are concerned about your study habits or are struggling with your coursework.
  • You are on SPC Academic Probation. Visit your advisor so that you understand all of the SPC policies regarding academic probation.
  • You want to discuss career opportunities or transfer.
  • You have not met any areas of TSI compliance.
  • You are getting ready to graduate. You should do this BEFORE your last semester to ensure time to complete a degree plan audit and understand the graduation procedures.
  • You will not be attending school during the semester for a long period of time. Your advisor can suggest a course of action based on your circumstances.
  • You have questions about SPC policies and procedures.
  • You have any other questions, comments, or concerns!

 

 


 Last Published 8/9/10