Remote Advising Updates
Summer and Fall 2020 registration will begin on April 13th, while GCC is operating remotely. We are all working to adjust to this new advising and teaching environment – and updates and adjustments are happening regularly. Below you will find a compilation of the Advising Updates (originally sent via email) that address the procedural and process changes for this advising period, as well as some best practices and tips for advising students remotely. Please read the newest items first to ensure you are finding the most up-to-date information. If you can’t find something you need or have a question these have not addressed, please email Tonya Blundon at email@example.com.
4.10.2020 Multiple Measures for Placement Advising Checklist (fillable form)
4.10.2020 Multiple Measures for Placement (advising instructions)
4.08.2020 Advising Update – Withdrawal dates, *NEW* Forms, Moodle for advisors, PINs, and more!
Advising Issue of the Day
In preparation for new advising periods, Advising Center staff develop brief summaries of common issues that come up when advising students. The following briefs have been developed to address some common advising issues and questions. Please review these briefs as you prepare for the new registration period and look for new briefs the week leading up to each new advising period—these will be delivered directly to advisor email inboxes and posted here. If you have new questions or topics you’d like to see included in a brief, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 3.29.2020 Advising & Registration update
- Accuplacer Testing Preparation
- Advising First-Generation and Non-Traditional Students
- Advisor Notes as Memo
- Auditing a Class – New Guidelines
- Considerations for Veterans and Online Courses
- Considerations When Dropping a Class
- Course Equivalencies for Massachusetts State Colleges and Universities
- Degree Audits: Beware the Failed Course
- Developing an Education Plan
- Impact of Failed Courses for Veterans
- MassTransfer: Real Life Examples of Problems
- MassTransfer: Requirements for Guaranteed Admission
- The Complication of Math Procrastination
- The Unofficial Transcript Gets a Makeover
- Top Five Financial Aid Misconceptions Explained
- Transfer 101
- UMass Foreign Language Requirements
- Using the Mass Transfer Pathways
- Using Unofficial Transcripts for Override
- Weaving Career Exploration into Academic Advising
- What Does Your Colleague Know That You Don’t? Maybe She’s Reading Advising Notes!
- What-If Scenarios: Calculating the GPA
Degree Audit Checklists
A degree audit is a tool to help you and your advisee track progress toward degree completion. Each major or program of study has an associated degree audit. Please use the degree audit as a checklist to track the courses your advisees take each semester. This will help with planning for graduation and transfer. Prior to graduation, advisors are required to submit completed degree audits to the Registrar’s Office for review.
Course periodicity (i.e., when courses are offered) is essential for accurate educational planning. At the beginning of a student’s enrollment and then in each subsequent semester, the student and advisor need to consider periodicity when mapping out the semester-by-semester plan for program completion. Students should visit MyGCC or refer to the Registration Bulletin published in the spring, summer and fall to determine whether a course labeled periodic is offered that term.
Registration and Degree Planning Tools
- Guide to Self-Registration and Self-Waitlist
- Preparing for Your Advising Session
- Two-Year Academic Schedule Outline
- Choosing a Major
- Degree Planner
- How to Make a Class Schedule that Works for You
- Adding a Class After the Add/Drop Period