Academic Advising

Philosophy of Advising

Henderson Community College academic advising empowers students to become responsible for their own academic success. Faculty advisors are committed to providing accurate and comprehensive academic advising. Working together, students and advisors develop one-on-one relationships and share responsibility to assist students to make choices and define goals; guide students through administrative processes; connect students to campus services and resources; and encourage the intellectual growth of students.

Advising Syllabus

HCC has adopted a first-semester advising syllabus for use during a student s initial semester in college. The advising syllabus is electronically generated during the required New Student Orientation. The advising syllabus contains a wealth of information for students new to college, including important advising contacts and a checklist of items to complete during the student s first semester in college. Beginning the 2015-2016 academic year, the second-tier syllabi will be used by the student and his or her assigned academic advisor as a path for student success.

Advisor Assignment

Every applicant at HCC is assigned an academic advisor whose knowledge and experience will help you succeed. Your advisor can do much more than help you register for classes. He or she will help you map your academic career; explore career options; work through academic difficulties; or just talk about your classes.

The Advising Appointment

The process of academic advising is a two-way interaction where the advisee and the advisor work together to achieve a common goal. Both the advisee and the advisor have responsibilities to fulfill (noted below) for the process to work effectively.

What are the student's (the advisee's) responsibilities?

  • Seek advising from assigned advisor at appropriate times. An appointment may be necessary. Not sure who your advisor is?
  • Keep scheduled appointments. If it is necessary for you to reschedule your appointment, please call the advisor or his/her division assistant before the appointment.
  • Ask specific questions regarding general education requirements, academic policies, resource referrals (tutoring, note taking, career exploration, personal counseling).
  • Monitor your academic progress as you move toward your academic goal.
  • Look over the schedule and prepare a list of classes you are considering taking.
  • Give your advisor accurate information about your study habits, strengths and weaknesses, academic progress.
  • Listen to your advisor and consider his/her advice and recommendations.
  • Contact your advisor as needed. You may find their contact information in the Online Faculty and Staff Directory or in the pdf version of the Campus Directory. Not sure if you have an advisor?

What are the advisor's (HCC faculty/staff) responsibilities?

  • Keep scheduled appointments. Contact student if it is necessary to reschedule.
  • Be prepared with appropriate materials (student file with academic information, class schedule, general education and major checklists, resource referral information).
  • Provide accurate information about classes, general education and major requirements, registration and drop/add deadlines, academic policies and procedures.
  • Assist in the evaluation of the advisee s academic progress.
  • Listen to advisee's concerns and questions and assist in making decisions and solving problems.
  • Suggest options for careers, majors, and selection of courses.


Photo of Cary Conley Cary Conley
Associate Dean of Enrollment Management
The Start Center
Sullivan Technology Center, Room 221