Advising Syllabus


El Centro College Academic Advising will be recognized nationally as a leader for top quality academic advising programs.


The mission of El Centro College Academic Advising is to foster successful teaching and learning experiences. Academic advising engages students in developing academic pathways and educational plans for life-long learning.


Academic advising is an educational process that, by intention and design, facilitates the students understanding of the meaning and purpose of higher education and fosters their intellectual and personal development towards academic success and lifelong learning. (NACADA, 2004)

Academic Advising is a collaborative educational process whereby students and their advisors are partners in meeting and ensuring academic, personal, and career goals. This partnership requires proactive participation and involvement by both parties. This partnership is a process that is built over the student’s entire education career at El Centro College. Both parties have clear responsibilities for ensuring that this partnership is successful.


  1. Assisting students in self-understanding and self –acceptance (values clarification, understanding abilities, interests, and limitations)
  2. Assisting students in considering their life goals by relating their interests, skills, abilities, and values to careers, the world of work, and the nature and purpose of higher education
  3. Assisting students in developing educational plans consistent with their life goals and objectives
  4. Assisting students in developing decision-making skills
  5. Providing accurate information about institutional policies, procedures, resources, and programs
  6. Referring students to other institutional or community supportservices
  7. Assisting students in evaluating or reevaluating progress toward established goals and educational plans
  8. Providing information about students to the institution, college, academic departments, or some combination thereof.

Source: (Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education


  • Maintain Confidentiality by adhering to FERPA Standards
  • Articulate academic policies and procedures, CORE curriculum, and graduation requirements
  • Assist students with exploring their program of study, educational and career goals
  • Be accessible and respond to students in a timely way
  • Be available, understanding, approachable, and demonstrate interest in the student
  • Engage in continuing professional development activities to keep abreast of the research, theories, legislation, policies, and developments that affect their programs and services
  • Assist students in building meaningful relationships with their instructors
  • Be knowledgeable about resources/support services available to students and make appropriate referrals when needed
(Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)

  • Be aware of your rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Take responsibility for your learning by reviewing the Catalog, the course offerings, your major/degree requirements and by becoming fully aware of college policies, procedures and requirements
  • Accept responsibility for your actions, inactions, and decisions that affect your educational goals and progress
  • Submit official copies of transcripts from all previous colleges
  • Be an active learner by participating fully in the advising experience
  • Follow through on advising recommendations in a timely way
  • Utilize advising tools, eConnect, eCampus, college websites, and the course catalog to gather information and track your academic progress
  • Seek help when needed and use appropriate college resources

Expected Student Learning Outcomes



What students will know


What students will do


What students will value


  • The locations of campus-wide resources.
  • The difference between eConnect and eCampus
  • What information is on the Advising Report (XADV)
  • What educational and career options exist for them
  • Take a career assessment or access career information
  • Meet with or email an academic advisor for educational planning in a timely manner
  • Select a program of study/career path
  • Identify current degree plan/career path/transfer requirements
  • Successful completion of courses, certificates, degree, transfer pathways, or gainful employment


  • How to register online via eConnect

  • How to utilize resources on eConnect, on the website and on campus

  • How to use the Advising Report to track courses taken, grades, GPA, and academic standing

  • Track progress of selected program of study or official degree plan

  • Build an educational plan related to their program of study/official degree plan/transfer pathways

  • Meet with an academic advisor or career advisor for additional educational or career planning needs

  • Progress in completion of courses toward a certificate, degree, transfer pathways, career choice or gainful employment


  • How to file an official degree plan and application for graduation

  • How to access college and community resources to find gainful employment

  • How to access requirements for transferring to a university for continuing their studies

  • File an official degree plan and application for graduation

  • Use the Career Center and other resources for job placement, etc.

  • Complete application and finalize requirements for transfer

  • Completion of a certificate, degree, transfer requirements, or gainful employment

Advising Methods

Individual Appointment


Group Sessions

Online Discussions

Appointments can be scheduled for 30 minutes or more

First-come, first served basis, may have a longer wait time

Scheduled for a specific time frame.

Available 24 hours a day, response time may vary

Long-term educational planning can be discussed in greater detail such as: graduation, transfer and major requirements, career exploration, academic difficulty, etc.

Current semester planning only as time permits.

Special populations, such as first time in college, probation, career and technical, transfer, etc.

Web based discussion of courses and programs.

Detailed questions.

Basic questions.

General questions.

General questions.

Advisors will help with clarifying goals and long-term planning

Advisors will be able to provide limited services.

Advisors will provide general information regarding the specific group.

Advisors will assist with goal setting and course planning.

Students are guided to eConnect for registration activity and specific personal information.

Tools & Resources

Academic Calendar: Academic Advising:

eConnect: eCampus:

Catalog Transfer Services: Journey 2 Success: Student Handbook: and-Faculty-Handbooks.aspx

Student Rights & Responsibilities:

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB): Board policies manual:

Assistance with Issues Involving Disabilities

El Centro College is dedicated to providing equal opportunity and access for every student. It is important that if you feel you need accommodations for a learning or physical disability that you make your advisor aware of these accommodations. In some cases, your advisor may refer you to disability services

Faculty can discuss the following:

  • Explain program requirements for their discipline
  • Assist with skill development, concentration requirements, and overall student development.

Faculty or Academic Advisors cannot select a program of study for students or tell students which instructor's class to sign up for. However, faculty and advisors provide logical options for circumstances and goals, and give information needed to make informed decisions.