Advising Mission Statement:
The primary responsibility of an academic advisor is to guide students in making wise selections of course offerings with careful attention to institutional policies and degree requirements. In addition, effective advising will also assist students in identifying available internal and external resources that will have a positive impact on their experience at Middlesex Community College. Our mission is to counsel students as they develop a meaningful educational plan, compatible with their career, educational/transfer, and life goals. Consideration of each student as a unique individual with unique needs is recognized as the foundation of our advising program. We approach advising as a collaborative effort between the student and advisor.
Your Academic Plan:
Every student should create an academic plan during their first semester on campus. An Academic Plan outlines the courses you plan on taking each semester until you graduate or complete your planned program of study. You should create this outline as a course list, by semester, and plan on taking a reasonable* number of credits each semester. The number of credits you take will depend on many factors. Some students may take 2 courses (6-7 credits per semester) while others may be taking 5 courses (15+ credits). You should discuss your plan and goals with an Academic Advisor. As you make this plan you will also need to consider prerequisites and frequency of course offerings. For example: you may need to take BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology. A pre-requisite for this course is BIO 121, however there are also pre-requisites of English and Math to be eligible to take BIO 121. You must determine which courses are required as pre-requisites before you create your Academic Plan. Your Advisor will help you with sorting through all these details.
Use the resources here to create you Academic Plan:
- Example Plan A (Note: these are merely examples)
- Example Plan B (Note: these are merely examples)
- Academic Plan Worksheet
- Steps to Create Your Plan
- Curriculum, Advising, & Program Planning
Academic Advising Steps at MxCC
In order to register for courses, you must first meet with your academic advisor. Each student is assigned a faculty or professional staff member as his or her academic advisor. These are the 5 steps needed to complete the advising process:
If you are unsure of who your advisor is, log onto your account on My.CommNet.edu to find your assigned advisor. In addition, you can stop by any of the following locations for assistance: Founders Hall: Information Center, Records Office-Rm. 153, Career Development & Counseling Center-Rm. 121, Wheaton Hall: Business Faculty Offices, Rm. 313, Snow Hall: Social Science Office-Rm. 508, and Meriden Welcome Center. Please note, if you are a non-matriculated student and want to change your status, you must contact the Records Office and complete the appropriate forms. If the reason you have not matriculated is that you are unsure of the program of study you wish to pursue, please schedule an appointment with a counselor in the Career Development and Counseling Center.
One week each semester is set aside as Advising Week. During that week, all faculty and staff advisors hold extended office hours to make themselves available to their advisees. Sign up sheets are posted at least one week prior to the designated advising week so that students may sign up for a specific time to meet with their advisor. During that meeting, your advisor should discuss with you a number of topics. These may include how the current semester is progressing, what your academic goals are at the college as well as transfer potential, how the college may assist you with your career aspirations, and what courses you may need and/or wish to take in the next semester.
To ensure that you receive the best possible advice, follow these guidelines:
- Print your transcript from myCommNet for your advising appointment.
- If you are unable to do this, obtain a copy from the Records Office, Founders Hall.
- If you are considering transferring to another university or college, bring in a link to the college’s web page and any information you have received from their admissions office.
- Familiarize yourself with your own curriculum and the requirements for graduation for your course of study.
Prior to meeting with your academic advisor, review both the curriculum in which you are enrolled and the course offerings for that particular semester. Develop a list of courses in which you have an interest as well as a list of questions you may have for your advisor concerning degree requirements and/or the relevance of certain courses to meet your individual career /transfer goals.
The academic advising process should be a conversation. Ask questions to clarify information and take notes. Evaluate the information you receive and act accordingly. Remember, faculty and staff advisors are there to assist you in the decision making process; however, ultimately, you are responsible for your education. Quality academic advising allows you to accomplish your goals in a timely manner and allows you to be in control of your own educational endeavors. It is not only during the designated advising period that you may meet with your advisor to evaluate your progress as a student. By developing an on-going relationship with your academic advisor, you will gain insight into academic issues and career options as they relate to your academic program. Please see the semester schedule for registration procedures.