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Academic Advising

Mission Statement

To foster collaborative student-advisor relationships centered on developing and defining personal, academic, and career goals, and introducing appropriate resources to achieve those goals.

Goals

  • Provide access to professional academic advisors that demonstrate care and respect.
  • Collaborate with students to create academic plans that reflect their personal, academic, and career goals.
  • Provide information related to campus and community resources as appropriate to the individual student.

Expectations

Advisors will:
  • Understand and effectively communicate curriculum and program requirements.
  • Assist students in selecting courses based on personal, educational, and career goals.
  • Explain institutional academic policies and procedures.
  • Provide information related to college and community resources.
  • Be reasonably accessible to students through scheduled in person appointments, drop in, phone calls, and/or e-mails.
  • Actively listen to student’s concerns and respect their decisions.
  • Discuss academic performance with students, and how that performance relates to success
  • Maintain confidentiality according to established standards.
  • Collaborate with students in the creation and regular updating of academic plans.
When meeting with an advisor, students should:
  • Be prepared to discuss goals and educational plans.
  • Be open regarding needs and goals.
  • Engage in learning about campus policies, procedures, and resources.
  • Ask questions to clarify any information that is not understood.
  • Be open and willing to consider professional recommendations.
  • Accept responsibility for personal, academic, and career decisions.
  • Follow an individualized academic plan that supports the completion of academic goals.
  • Review academic plan periodically and keep advisor apprised of any changes.
  • Keep scheduled appointments or give ample notice to reschedule.
  • Inform advisor of any academic challenges and difficulties experienced early.

Office Hours

Regular Hours

Mon - Tue
8:00am - 7:00pm
Wed - Fri
8:00am - 4:30pm

Summer Hours

Mon
7:00am - 7:00pm
Tue - Thu
7:00am - 5:00pm
Fri
Closed

Contact Information

Phone:
(815) 835-6354
E-mail:
advising@svcc.edu

Staff Listing

NameTitlePhoneOfficeEmail
Aldridge, Mandy M.Academic Advisor815-835-6390
or ext. 390
1E09mandy.m.aldridge@svcc.edu
Bright, Joe A.Tutoring and Career Services Advisor, Student Support Services815-835-6226
or ext. 226
1D11joe.a.bright@svcc.edu
Byar, Christine M.Administrative Assistant, Student Services815-835-6326
or ext. 326
1E23christine.m.byar@svcc.edu
Kern-Lyons, Valerie L.Academic Advisor815-835-6204
or ext. 204
1E13valerie.kernlyons@svcc.edu
McFarlane, Sarah A.Academic Advisor815-835-6368
or ext. 368
1E11sarah.a.mcfarlane@svcc.edu
Mewhirter, Tedra S.Transfer Program Advisor, Student Support Services815-835-6223
or ext. 223
1D09tedra.s.mewhirter@svcc.edu
Vance, Susan E.Academic Advisor815-835-6408
or ext. 408
1D13susan.e.vance@svcc.edu
West, Joshua J.Director of Business, Career & Technical Programs815-835-6334
or ext. 334
1E15joshua.j.west@svcc.edu
Whittenberg, Katherine J.Administrative Assistant, Student Support Services815-835-6268
or ext. 268
1D05k.j.whittenberg@svcc.edu