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2013-14 College Catalog

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Advising Services

Academic Advising

One of the college’s most important responsibilities is to provide comprehensive ­academic advising services. Students are responsible for fulfilling the requirements of their learning program for the catalog year that applies to them and/or for fulfilling the requirements of other academic goals they may have. Therefore, it is also each student’s responsibility to meet with an advisor prior to each term, during each term and more often, if needed. Advisors provide students with information and recommendations regarding learning programs, course selection, and graduation and transfer preparation. Students in selected programs are assigned to specific academic or faculty advisors as appropriate. All other students are assigned to the Office of Admissions and Advising. Advising is available to all students year round through the Office of Admissions and Advising.

Advising Weeks are scheduled early in each major term’s General Registration period. While advising is available year round, the purpose of the Advising Weeks period is to place special emphasis on early registration options for up coming terms.

Advising also places a strong focus on helping students reach completion goals, particularly graduation and transfer. Students are also assisted with identifying various alternatives to earn certificates, degrees and/or transfer goals.

Advising services and the college’s many academic support services are designed to contribute to student success. Students who are notified through the academic warning process that they are at risk are required to meet with an advisor or an academic success co ordinator and take additional steps.

Important academic and transfer advising information is available to each student on the Office of Admissions and Advising’s website at www.howardcc.edu/advising. Students are also strongly encouraged to utilize HCC Express’s My Student Profile feature to check on the accuracy of their personal information such as address, phone, e-mail, learning program, and catalog year. Further information is available through the Office of Admissions and Advising at 443-518-1200, then select #3, or adm-adv@howardcc.edu, or www.howardcc.edu/advising.

Transfer Information and Advising

To ensure a successful transfer to other institutions and/or specific programs within institutions, it is each student’s responsibility to regularly meet with an advisor and utilize transfer resources. For example, the University System (USM) of Maryland institutions have designated certain programs as Limited Enrollment Programs. These programs differ by institution and may include such majors as business administration, computer science, engineering, teacher education and others. It is critical that students work closely with an advisor and visit the Transfer Center regularly to ensure they are meeting general and specific requirements, application deadlines, and other criteria right from the start.

The Transfer Center is part of the Office of Admissions and Advising (RCF-242). It provides the following services:

  • Transfer Advising and Assistance
  • Transfer Website www.howardcc.edu/advising This website offers access to general information, a transfer activities and events calendar, ­college and university websites, transfer scholarship information, other online resources, information about articulation agreements, and more.
  • Transfer Fairs –The college conducts general and specialized transfer fairs during the fall and winter/spring terms to inform students about their many transfer options. Representatives from a broad range of both public and private, and in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities are available to provide information. Specialized transfer fairs are also held for specific majors.
  • Transfer Workshops –Transfer workshops are conducted throughout the year and focus on various topics, including transfer scholarships, transferring as an international student, limited enrollment programs, professional school opportunities, and others.
  • Joint Transfer and Career Programs – Programs are available throughout the year. These sessions focus on specific career fields and related academic preparation, including transfer.
  • Transfer Representative Visits – Representatives from individual schools visit the college throughout the year and are available to meet with students on an individual basis.
  • ARTSYS – An online transfer system designed to provide guidance to students planning to transfer to public colleges and universities, and several private institutions in Maryland.
  • CollegeView – A computer program offering virtual tours of North American college campuses.
  • Transfer Library – A collection of guidebooks, catalogs, DVDs, viewbooks, transfer applications, scholarship materials, and other resources are available.
  • Specialized Transfer Information – Information is available for students with specific concerns or interests, including information for international students, students with disabilities, athletes and others.
  • Transfer Institution Visits – Visits to other institutions are organized based on interest and special transfer initiatives.

For further information, visit or contact the Transfer Center located within the Office of Admissions and Advising (RCF-242; 443-518-1220; transfer@howardcc.edu).