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Advising

Academic Advising

Academic advisors are assigned to all students enrolled at Vol State. Academic advisors are committed to helping students meet their educational needs in many ways, including through referrals to other resources of the institution.

Advising Hours
Normal operating hours for the Advising Center are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Ramer Administration Building, Suite 174.  Students may visit or phone 615-230-3702.  Students are encouraged, however, to make an appointment with their assigned academic advisor during the fall and spring semesters. 
 
The Advising Center is also typically open, however, Monday through Thursday from 4:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. while classes are in session.  (For fall 2017, the 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. hours commence on Tuesday, September 5.)  During these hours, a student can walk-in to meet with an advisor without making an appointment.  In addition, during these hours the Advising Center staff will collect forms (i.e. change of major, Drop/Add, Financial Aid PLANS, etc.), assist with general student information, accept payments for items appearing on the student account, and issue parking decals.  If you need assistance from the Advising Center during the extended hours, please contact us at 615-230-3701.
Academic Advising Information

E-Mail an Advisor at: advising@volstate.edu
Academic Advisors Can Assist Students In Many ways:
  • Assist students in planning an educational program consistent with their interest and abilities
  • Help students clarify career goals
  • Monitor a student's academic progress
  • Clarify degree requirements
  • Assist with the registration process
  • Provide information on course substitutions and transfer requirements
  • Assist with understanding a degree audit within DegreeWorks/ assist with the graduation application if assigned advisor is not available
  • Serve as a student advocate

Each semester, students are strongly encouraged to meet with their assigned advisor to discuss interests, goals, educational plans, and special needs. Through communication and information exchange with their academic advisor, students engage in the decision-making process to realize their maximum educational potential. It is the students' responsibility to:

  • Set personal and professional goals
  • Select a program of study
  • Fulfill program requirements
  • Complete necessary paperwork
  • Make their own decisions

You will be assigned an academic advisor according to your major area of study. Advising is a joint responsibility of the student and assigned advisor. The advisor's task is to guide the student toward accepting responsibility for mature academic decision making. An appointment with your advisor will be a time for you to discuss goals, clarify course selection for the upcoming semester, and explore career opportunities available to you in your major.

Academic Advising can take place any time of the year, but it is busiest prior to each priority registration period and subsequently throughout the registration period. Currently enrolled students are encouraged to speak with their advisor during the priority registration period so that they are ready tp register as soon as priority registration begins.

Advising Center

The Advising Center is available to serve the advising needs not only of degree-seeking students but also for the non-degree-seeking students. Students will be assigned to an advisor who specializes in working with their chosen degree program.  The Advising Center is located in the Ramer Administration Building Suite 174.

Normal operating hours for the Advising Center are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Ramer Administration Building, Suite 174.  Students may visit or phone 615-230-3702.  Students are encouraged, however, to make an appointment with their assigned academic advisor during the fall and spring semesters.    The Advising Center is also typically open, however, Monday through Thursday from 4:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.  when classes are in session.  (For fall 2017, the 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. hours resume on Tuesday, September 5.) During these hours, a student can walk-in to meet with an advisor without making an appointment.  In addition, during these hours the Advising Center staff will collect forms (i.e. change of major, Drop/Add, Financial Aid PLANS, etc.), assist with general student information, accept payments for items appearing on the student account, and issue parking decals.  If you need assistance from the Advising Center during the extended hours, please contact us at 615-230-3701.

Advising Center Responsibilities:
  • Advising for all Undecided and Non-Degree Students
  • Advising for all students when faculty advisors are not available
  • Assistance with transfer issues
  • Assistance with the maintenance of Transfer Equivalency Tables and other transfer information
  • Assistance with general advising information for divisions
  • Learning Support Screening of Transfer and Transient Students
  • Explaining placement assessment results
  • Modifying computer screens to allow enrollment
  • Production and distribution of Advising Resource Manuals
  • Advisor Training As Requested
  • Career Counseling
  • Limited Personal Counseling
  • Educational Planning
  • eCampus (formerly RODP) Student Contact
  • Assistance With The Early Alert Program
  • Publish the Be Advised newsletter
  • Screen Transfer Students For Placement Testing Requirements and Modify Banner screens accordingly
  • Advise ESOL students along with some faculty advisors in the Humanities Division