Why Use Advising?
There are many important choices to make throughout your time at college. Taking the time to speak with an advisor can provide a framework for informed decision-making.
The role of an advisor is to help you remove any barriers from your path to success. The advisor’s expertise and personal support helps you navigate the college’s academic resources, services and policies, so you can develop your abilities to independently make decisions and thinking critically about your academic goals for today and your professional goals for tomorrow.
While you may be able to navigate the college’s website, catalog and other resources to find your way on your own, there is nothing that can replace meeting face-to-face with your advisor.
IMPORTANT: Please arrive one hour prior to closing to ensure adequate time
for your consultation and advisement. Students who have the academic standing of academic probation or
academic suspension or who are on financial aid warning may wait longer to see a probation advisor
during busy registration periods.
International students must work with advisors in the Multicultural Center. Call 972-860-4192, or send an email to bhcMulticulturalCenter@dcccd.edu.
Benefits of Advising
You can expect your advisor to maintain confidentiality and treat you in a friendly and respectful manner. Our advisors have specific goals for each advising session.
- Listen to student concerns and provide feedback students can use
- Ensure students can navigate and use the college’s online tools and resources
- Offer information about academic and personal support services at the college
- Give a framework for students to set educational goals
- Identify course prerequisites, and curriculum and graduation requirements students need to know to complete their degree program
- Encourage and support students as they make progress within their education plan
- Help ensure your courses will transfer to the four-year school of your choice
- Provide detail on college and academic policies
- Assist students in understanding their own responsibility for their academic success
What the Advising Center Staff expects of you.
Students are expected to actively participate in their educational experience.
Active participation extends into planning your educational goals. While the Advising
Center staff is available to assist you, the advisors will not make your decisions for
you. The advising staff will be able to better serve you if you keep the following
things in mind.
- Build a relationship with an academic advisor so you feel comfortable talking with your advisor when you have questions or need help or support.
- Plan ahead. Come see an advisor during the semester and not only during busy registration times.
- An advisor can spend more in-depth time with you and help you make choices about your educational goals,
degree/transfer plans and course choices during the semester.
- You may have a lot more commitments than just school, so making sure that you have taken all your time
commitments into account is important. Good time management skills can make a big difference.
- If you are thinking of dropping a course or if you are struggling with your grades, come in as soon as
possible to discuss your options before it is too late.
- Choose the program of study, degree or certificate offered in the DCCCD that will best meet your goals or
learn about majors offered by four-year colleges or universities.
- Read the online college catalog so you are familiar with the courses and degree plans offered at
- Pay close attention to course prerequisites and be prepared to present proof of completion of
prerequisites if needed.
- If your future plans include transferring to a four-year college or university, select classes that will
- Learn about other sources of information and assistance at Brookhaven College.
Possible Questions to Ask an Advisor
- I am interested in _______________, what programs or classes might be good choices?
- Am I on the right track for meeting my degree requirements?
- What do you think about this tentative course schedule?
- Can you help me decide how many classes I should take?
- What resources and services are available that can help me reach my long-term goals?