Frequently Asked Questions
What is academic consulting?
Academic consulting is an intentional educational process through which a student grows to understand the meaning and purpose of higher education,
develops and uses strategies for his or her academic success, and cultivates an intellectual and personal appreciation of lifelong learning. Through the
working relationship the student builds with the academic consultant, the two create an educational plan aligned with the student's personal potential,
interests, and goals.
*Remember: helpful suggestions from friends do NOT replace assistance from a qualified faculty academic consultant or counselor.
What is a faculty academic consultant?
Academic consulting is more than selecting courses for the upcoming quarter. At SFCC, we believe the relationship between you and your
faculty academic consultant is essential for your success. Your faculty academic consultant is your primary point of contact on campus and is familiar with the college's policies and
procedures, and can either answer your questions or direct to one of many campus resources. You should maintain contact with your faculty academic consultant to discuss
situations and issues affecting your academic performance.
How do I find out who is my faculty academic consultant or counselor?
Login to myBigfoot to find out your faculty academic consultant and current program/area of study.
When should I see my faculty academic consultant?
Schedule an appointment with your faculty academic consultant when you:
- Want to create your academic plan, and develop your schedule for the next quarter
- Have questions about degrees, certificates, areas of study and the registration process
- Have questions about your program of study/major
- Are experiencing academic difficulties
- Need information about on-campus resources (e.g. tutoring)
- you want to celebrate or share good news about your academic success!
How do I prepare for my academic consulting session(s)?
- Schedule an appointment, in advance to ensure that you and your faculty consultant have adequate time to discuss and explore your options
- Familiarize yourself with the various online resources available to you (e.g. online education planner; degree audit; degree worksheets or career planning guides;
myBigfoot portal, including Online Catalog, Class Schedule, Plan My Schedule. See the Resources tab for links.)
- Complete the Student Academic Consulting Profile (see Resources tab for links), especially information about your academic goal(s)
- Prepare a list of questions for your faculty consultant to help him/her understand your unique needs and interests
- Review the Online Catalog for information about courses/course descriptions, general program requirements, academic policies and procedures, etc.
- Bring your official degree audit letter and other appropriate documentations, if applicable
- Follow-through on recommendations and referrals
- Remember to remain open-minded
- Do YOUR research!