Helping Students Reach Goals
Academic advisors at HCC are committed to your success. Whether your goal is to transfer to a university or obtain the skills to enter the workforce, academic advisors are trained and ready to help you build a plan for your future.
Three Steps to Plan Your Future
Step 1: Career Exploration
Access career outlook information, review educational requirements for specific fields of study and more with Career Coach.
Step 2: Select a Program
HCC offers a wide variety of academic programs to meet your educational needs. Determine which program is right for you with the College and Career Planner.
Step 3: Develop an Academic Plan
Once you’ve officially selected a program, plot out each course needed to accomplish your goal and organize by semester with the Academic Planner (login to your student planner).
Students who intend to transfer to a university should review transfer guides, joint admissions programs and more at the Transfer Room.
COVID 19 - UPDATE: Virtual Academic Advisor
Advising for New and Current/Returning Students
First-Time In College Students
New Students attending HCC for the first time are required to attend New Student Orientation (NSO) before registering for courses. NSO sessions are offered online. NSO sessions can be accessed through your Student Center account at Access NSO. Click here to learn more about the NSO.
New Transfer Students
New transfer students planning to enroll at HCC for the first time will need to meet with an advisor prior to registering for courses.
New Distance Education (Online) Students
New Transfer Students who are transferring in with 12 or more previously completed credit hours and are planning to exclusively enroll in Distance Education courses (online) are required to attend an online Advising & Registration Session prior to registering for courses. During this session, you will meet with an academic advisor to learn more about HCC and determine your course placement.
New Transfer Students who are transferring in with 12 or more previously completed credit hours and are planning to exclusively enroll in Distance Education courses (online) should visit the Distance Education website for information about online courses and to speak with an Academic Advisor.
After you have enrolled at HCC for the first time, you are a current or returning student. Below are the ways current or returning students can meet with an academic advisor.
Assigned/Required Senior Advising
Students enrolled in a student success course (EDUC 1300, HPRS 1201, ENGR 1201, or LEAD 1370) are assigned a Senior Advisor during the semester enrolled in the success course.
Distance Education Advising
Students who are enrolled exclusively in Distance Education (online) courses should visit the Distance Education Website for information about online courses and speak with an Academic Advisor.
Access Virtual Academic Advising
VIRTUAL ADVISING THROUGH CAREER HUB
Click on the following CareerHub link https://shibboleth-hccs-csm.symplicity.com/sso/ to schedule a virtual advising appointment with your assigned Academic Advisor. Advising sessions can be conducted via webcam or telephone.
Scheduling an Advising Appointment in CareerHub
Below are the steps to schedule a virtual appointment with an Academic Advisor. You may also click the following link for a detailed, step-by-step guide: Guide for Setting Virtual Advising Appointment.
Step 1 - Select Schedule an Appointment
- Complete Job Seeker Status
- Add Cell Phone
- Agree to Student Job Scam Training
Step 2 - Click Request New Appointment
Step 3 - Select Type of Appointment
- Advising - General
- Advising - Transfer
- Advising - Graduation
- Advising - Major/Degree Plan
Step 4 - Enter Date Range - Find dates you are available
Step 5: Enter Time Range - Time you are available
Step 6: Enter Length - Duration of the appointment (20-30 minutes)
Step 7: Enter Location
Step 8: Select Advisor Name
Step 9: Select Days - Days for the appointment
Step 10: Click Check Availability - Select a time that works with your schedule.
Step 11: Confirm the appointment.
- In the comment box, please state what you desire to discuss in your advising session, and if you prefer a telephone or webcam session.
Once you submit your appointment, you will receive a notification from the Advisor confirming your requested appointment date and time.
Topics for Advising Sessions
Academic advisors assist students with their academic planning from prospective student through graduation. They assist students with the interpretation of policies and procedures and assist them with short and long-term goal setting. Students may wish to see an advisor to discuss topics such as:
- Interpretation of placement tests.
- Degree planning.
- Goal setting.
- Information about degree programs and certificates.
- Advanced placement/prior learning assessments.
- Assistance with course selection.
- Transfer planning.
- Applying for graduation.
- Referral to campus resources.
- Senior Advisors will provide required advising for First Time in College (FTIC) students enrolled in student success courses (e.g., EDUC 1300, LEAD 1200, HPRS 1201, ENGR 1201).
Academic Advisors and Counselors
How the two are they different?
At HCC, advisors and counselors have different roles and cover different topics of information. Visits with a counselor are by appointment only. Visit the Counseling webpage for additional information.
The following are reasons why you would want to meet with a counselor instead of an advisor:
Required counseling by:
- Financial aid appeals
- Student judicial review
- Changed degrees several times and are still unsure of the best one for you.
- Plan for career transition
- Set appropriate accommodations with approved documentation
- Locate HCC resources for accommodations
Brief Personal Counseling and Workshops
- Academic anxiety
- Managing responsibilities
- Adjusting to or from college
- Managing stress and anxiety
- Crisis management
Early Alert Program
How do struggling students benefit?
The Early Alert program is a collaborative effort between professors and advisors to help students who are at risk of failing one or more of their classes at HCC. Faculty members submit an early alert through the Student System to an Academic Advising Office. The early alert will then be assigned to an academic advisor who will make contact with the student to provide services to improve students' performance and success in reaching educational goals.
About Academic Advising
The mission of academic advising at Houston Community College is to further teaching and learning by empowering students to develop an educational plan to achieve academic, personal, and professional goals.
Student Learning Outcomes
The following is a list of what you can expect to learn as part of the required advising process:
- Students will demonstrate the ability to make informed decisions concerning their degree and career goals.
- Students will develop an educational plan for successfully achieving their goals which includes learning how to read their Interactive Advising Report (iAAR) in their student account and completing the student planner by selecting courses for every term leading up to graduation.
- Students will become familiar with and utilize the information and functions within their student account.
- Students will become familiar with policies and procedures by accessing the catalog, student handbook, and web resources.
- Students will become familiar and utilize campus resources and services to assist them in achieving their academic, personal, and career goals.
The following is a list of expectations of your advisor throughout the required advising process:
- Understand and effectively communicate the curriculum, graduation requirements, and university and college policies and procedures
- Encourage and guide students to develop realistic academic and career goals
- Support students to gain the skills necessary to develop clear and attainable educational plans
- Educate students on strategies for utilizing available resources and services on campus
- Assist in understanding the benefits of higher education and its impact on lives
- Monitor and accurately document students’ progress toward meeting their goals.
- Be accessible during office hours by appointment, telephone or e-mail.
- Assist students to develop decision making skills and assume responsibility for actions.
- Maintain confidentiality pursuant to FERPA.
The following is a list of expectations from you, the student, throughout the required advising process:
- Schedule regular advising appointments as needed and come prepared with questions.
- Be an active learner by participating fully in the advising experience.
- Ask questions if you do not understand an issue or have a specific concern.
- Organize official documents and keep a record of your progress.
- Follow through on all assignments and referrals.
- Clarify personal values and goals.
- Become knowledgeable about college programs, policies, procedures, and campus resources.
- Accept responsibility for decisions.