Academic Advisement

The focus of academic advisement is to assist the student in progressing toward his/her academic goal and to facilitate the successful and timely completion of program requirements leading to the student’s desired outcome (i.e., Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, or Certificate). Academic advisors also facilitate the student’s transfer to his/her selected senior institution. Academic transfer students are strongly encouraged to obtain STARS program guides available online at

Advisor Assignment

Each student is assigned an academic advisor by the Testing Center/Student Services staff at the time of placement testing or at the time of application for admission if placement testing is not required. Students are required to meet with their assigned academic advisors prior to registering.

Statewide Articulation Reporting System (STARS) Program Guides

Students who plan to transfer into four-year programs of study are strongly encouraged to obtain STARS program guides from the Internet ( and to take STARS guides with them to their advising appointments. Dated STARS guides are important documents which list required and accepted courses for specific programs of study and should be held by students until their four-year institution transfers are complete. Assistance with utilizing the STARS system is available in each campus Library/Learning Resource Center.

Program/Advisor Change

Students who wish to make a program of study/major change must notify the Office of Student Services to complete the necessary paperwork and to receive an appropriate advisor assignment. Students who change their program of study/major are required to meet program requirements based on the course catalog in effect at the time.