Sauk Valley Community College

an institution of higher education that provides quality learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of its students and community

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.


  • 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.


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 - Wed
8:00am - 7:00pm
Thu - Fri
8:00am - 4:30pm

Summer Hours

Mon - Wed
7:00am - 7:00pm
7:00am - 5:00pm

Contact Information

(815) 835-6354

SVCC Academic Advisors

Staff group photo
Mandy Aldridge
Phone: (815) 835-6390
Valerie Kern-Lyons
Phone: (815) 835-6204
Skype(TM) ID: valerie.kernlyons
Sarah McFarlane
Phone: (815) 835-6368
Susan Vance
Phone: (815) 835-6408
Josh West
Phone: (815) 835-6334