Institutional Statement on Academic Advising

Institutional Statement on Academic Advising


Academic advising at Central Piedmont Community College is an integral part of the mission of the College--educating students for life. The advising process is designed to help students realize the educational benefits available to them, to help them to better understand themselves, and to learn to use the various resources of the institution (advising, instruction and counseling) and the community in attaining their career/life goals. The college is committed to making this system an effective, caring, supportive and accessible service for all students.


Advising plays an essential part in student persistence and success. If, indeed, advising is viewed as part of a retention and student success strategy, it cannot be narrowly defined. At Central Piedmont Community College, advising is viewed as an integrated, developmental process that contributes to a student's total college performance. In that sense, advising helps students consider life goals, career goals, career opportunities and deal with personal issues.


Through an effective advising system, the college seeks to:

  1. Ensure that all students have access to reliable counseling and advising services.

  2. Provide students with timely performance data which enables them to make informed academic decisions.

  3. Provide on-going training and professional development activities for all persons involved in the advising process.

  4. Help each individual involved in the advising process to understand that each advising opportunity is a learning opportunity.  Advising is teaching and each advisor has a responsibility to promote learning.

  5. Assist students in their personal, career and intellectual development.

  6. Assist students in their consideration of career goals by relating their interests, abilities, skills and values to the world of work.

  7. Assist students in developing an educational action plan that correlates with their life goals and objectives.

  8. Assist students in developing decision-making skills and a sense of autonomy, and assist in proper assessment of progress toward established goals.

  9. Provide students with information on policies, procedures and programs of the college to increase their awareness of the wide range of services and educational opportunities available.

  10. Provide regular systematic evaluation of advising services and adjust or modify advising services based on these evaluations.