Advisers: Be on the same page

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One question should not have four answers. 

Requiring advisers to hand out personal identification numbers is yet another step students will have to take to get the answers they’re looking for.

In theory, the PINs will require students to see their advisers to register for classes, but it’s not always registration where students become frustrated.

The frustration comes from being pushed through this college’s associate degree programs as simply a graduation percentage.

We are students who have dedicated time and money to this institution and in return receive inconsistent, incorrect and unclear information.

Students should be taken seriously about their ambitions for the future instead of being pressured to pursue a degree they do not want to graduate faster.

Advisers should at least be expected to be up to date when it comes to transferring in or out of this college, but knowledge of internships and class requirements would certainly be helpful.

Students should be able to see their academic adviser and their faculty adviser and receive the same answer. Instead students are receiving multiple conflicting answers, which becomes confusing and discouraging.

Students depend on their advisers to give them concise, up-to-date and accurate information to achieve the success they came to this college for.

Students are expected to show up to class and put in the work for their degrees, and advisers should be held to the same standard. They need to do their homework and stay in the loop, just like the rest of us.

And they get paid for it.

This college and its advisers are supposed to give students the tools to succeed, and they are not.

Instead of giving students the right tools, they provide just a tool and, unfortunately for the students of this college, you can’t use a screw with a saw.

These new PINs are a turnoff for students who opt to see their faculty advisers as opposed to their academic advisers.

Who wants to take the time to speak with an adviser whose information is obsolete? Or who just keeps telling you to take that liberal arts degree because you’d only need a few classes more to graduate even though you want to be a doctor?

No one. Especially not community college students working hard to succeed.

Hopefully, these PINs work because outside looking in, advisers need more than PINs.

They need to make a bigger effort toward being in the loop with universities, scholarships and programs. They just need to get it together, period.

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  1. Cornelius Massey on

    Editor,

    The advisor to student ratio could be overwhelming for the advisors. To the point the advisors find themselves giving cookie cutter answers to get students out the office only to see the next and give them similar advice.

    PIN’s are a great idea to start accountability and ensuring all students are seeing advisors but it isn’t the answer to advising.

    Students don’t enjoy seeing their advisors simply because their not being advised in their best interest, their being advised in the schools best interest. It shows when students graduate and often times don’t work in their field of study

    PIN’s are only working in the schools benefit, to have data that each student has been “properly advised” hiding the data of them being advised in best interest of the school to complete their associate program before transfer and university taking a few classes not

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