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What services does the Advising Center provide?

  • Registration assistance
  • Discussion about a student’s degree or certificate program and a student’s academic goals
  • Resource and referral information
  • Advisers guide students through the enrollment process, give additional educational information and are a key element to a student’s success. During the first visit, advisers will help students review their assessment, select appropriate courses, review degree/certificate requirements and identify resources to help them achieve their educational goals. Through regular contact, the center can assist students with planning their educational goals, competing degrees and achieving successful transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The center can help students each step of the way – from getting started though graduation, transfer and anywhere in-between.

Do students need to meet with an adviser every semester to register?

Yes, regular contact with an adviser will be a key element to a student’s academic success at LCCC. At these meetings, students can discuss progress toward their academic plan, and have a chance to address any questions or concerns that they might have to make sure they’re ready to take on the challenges of the next semester.

Students should plan to meet with their adviser anytime they have questions or concerns and/or prior to each registration period to ensure they’re selecting appropriate courses to meet their academic goals.

What don't academic advisers do?

Advisers don’t register students for classes or make schedule changes for them. Instead, advisers will show students how to do these on their own.

Advisers don’t serve as communication between student and instructor, or student and any other faculty/staff. Advisers believe that students need to learn to advocate and communicate for themselves, and the center will assist in determining what that looks like for each student.

What are developmental studies courses?Advisers don’t maintain communication with a student’s parent(s), spouse or family member(s) regarding a student’s academic progress or any other details.

LCCC’s developmental studies courses provide students with rapid skill development so they’re successful in college. Students who take these courses may need some additional skill-building or refreshing before they enter college-level courses. These courses are ideal for students who haven’t been in school recently and want to get help with reading, writing math; to build confidence; or to upgrade workforce skills.

Developmental courses help a student to be more successful. These courses don’t count as degree credit.

How does a student declare their major?

Students may identify or change their program of study via EaglesEye or by stopping by Student Records and completing the appropriate form. 

When students applied for admission or readmission, they selected a program of study on the application, which is their declared program of study. If a student wants to change that program, they can do so in their EaglesEye account or in person at the Student Records Office. Some programs of study are closed and students can’t declare them without program admittance (i.e., Nursing, Radiography, etc.).

To make changes in EaglesEye, students will log in and select student tab/academic profile/change major.

What should students do if they can't decide which degree or certificate program to choose right now?

Students can talk with their adviser, who will most likely get them connected to the Career Center to have meaningful discussions to help them explore their options. It’s really common for a student to feel undecided. The Career Center has a lot of great resources to help with this choice.

What is a credit hour?

A credit hour is equal to an hour per week spent in the classroom. If a class is three credit hours, students will be spending three hours each week in the classroom for that class. Those hours may be divided differently depending on each course. For example, students may meet three times/week for an hour each, two times per week for one-and-a-half hours, or one time/week for three hours.

How many credit hours are considered full time?

Twelve credit hours each semester constitutes a minimum full-time course load.

However, different factors may also influence this such as course or term length and course level (developmental vs. college-level), and these factors play out most significantly in certain financial aid situations. Students can talk to LCCC’s Financial Aid Office to find out their specific requirements.

To graduate in two years, most students need to take closer to 15-18 credit hours each semester. Twelve credit hours/semester will lengthen the time it takes to earn an associate degree.

What is the maximum number of credit hours students may take in one semester?

The maximum load is 19 credit hours. To take an overload of 20+ credit hours, students will need adviser permission. Due to the demanding nature of such a credit load, LCCC only grants permission in unique circumstances. 

What do prerequisite and corequisite mean?

A prerequisite is a requirement that must be met before students take a course, it could be another course, a certain test score/placement level, an outside credential (such as CPR certification), or consent or permission from an instructor or program director.

A corequisite is a course that students must take at the same time. This is most typically seen with lab science courses: a lab section must be registered for and taken along with a lecture section. Other courses beyond lab sciences may use this model as well.

What is add/drop?

Dropping a class means to “drop out of” a course prior to a certain calendar date (based off of course run dates). Dropping a course means that students don’t receive a W and the course doesn’t appear on their transcript. It’s as if a student had never registered for it in the first place.

What does it mean to withdraw from a course? How will a "W" affect a student’s transcript?

To withdraw means to “drop out of” or not complete a course. A “W” shows up on a transcript instead of a grade, and it simply indicates that the course wasn’t completed. Grades of “W” aren’t calculated into a student’s GPA, so in some cases a “W” is more favorable than an “F.” However, too many “Ws” can be detrimental. These count as credits that were attempted but not completed, and that’s calculated as part of a student’s completion rate for financial aid eligibility. 

Before students withdraw from a course due to fear of failing it, LCCC recommends that they speak with their instructor to see if they have any chance of working to recover their grade. Students should also talk with their adviser before making any schedule changes.

What do academic probation and academic suspension mean?

Academic probation results when a student’s cumulative GPA falls below 2.0.

Academic suspension results when a student’s cumulative GPA has remained below 2.0 for two or more subsequent semesters.

What is the difference between an AA, AS, AAS and a certificate program?

The Associate of Arts and Associate of Science (AA/AS) degrees are designed to transfer to four-year colleges.

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees are designed to develop skills for entry-level employment or to upgrade skills to improve a student’s opportunity for advancement within an existing position. An AAS isn’t designed to transfer to a university although some classes may still transfer. 

Certificates are designed to develop skills for entry-level employment. Typically they take one year or less to complete.

How does a student make changes to their class schedule?

Students should talk with their adviser by phone, e-mail or in-person appointment about what changes they want to make, including why they want to drop a class and what class or classes they might want to add. Actual schedule changes will take place via EaglesEye or in person at the Student Records Office counter.

If a student is on academic suspension, how do they appeal?

Students on academic suspension should plan to meet with their assigned academic adviser for assistance on submitting documentation requesting an additional probationary semester.

How do students know which classes they need to take for their program of study?

Students will need to know what catalog year they’re working under. This should be the catalog of the term they began at LCCC if they have had no lapses in enrollment. If a student has had one semester or more off, not including summer, then they will begin again under the new catalog year although previously earned credits still apply. 

Within the catalog, students can find their program of study and a list of the required courses. Students should read through this carefully and work with their adviser to develop an academic plan that incorporates all of these courses so that they know when they need to take their courses and when they can expect to graduate.