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Assigned advisors to help more students with academic planning

Beginning on June 16, all credit students at Seminole State will have an assigned advisor. 

To better serve students, all Seminole State College of Florida students soon will be assigned a dedicated advisor based on their meta-major or program of interest, the College has announced.

Beginning on June 16, all credit students will be able to easily identify and connect with their assigned advisor from a link in the Student Center of MySeminoleState.

Assigning advisors is the current practice for students seeking Associate in Science (A.S.) and baccalaureate degrees and has garnered positive results, says Geoff Fortunato, associate vice president of Student Services. This new capability inside MySeminoleState has been piloted with A.S. and baccalaureate students this spring. 

"Our students with assigned advisors have mentioned how helpful it is to have a primary contact for their educational needs," Fortunato says. "Colleges throughout the country have seen improvements in retention and completion when their students have an assigned advisor."

The advisors will partner with faculty to become experts in the subject areas to which they are assigned. This advisor-faculty partnership is designed to foster increased connection with students and ultimately to help them succeed in their degree program, Fortunato says.

For in-person assistance, students will be able to schedule appointments with their advisors through an online calendar. This is expected to improve the student experience as it relates to student wait times.

Students pursuing an A.A. degree will be notified via email when an advisor has been assigned to them.

"Our main goal is to improve the student experience," Fortunato says. "We want students to have easy access to the resources and information that will help them complete their educational goals in the most efficient way possible."

For more information, contact Academic Advising and Counseling at 407.708.2337.

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