Academic Consulting

In order to provide high-quality learning opportunities, the mission of Academic Consulting is to support students in achieving their academic, career, and personal goals through building an effective working relationship between student and consultant.

Effective Academic Consulting Relationship

An effective academic consulting working relationship provides a holistic approach:

  • Guiding students to relevant resources to foster their success;
  • Collaborating with others who have complementary expertise;
  • Designing an educational, engagement, and academic success plan based on the students' values, attributes, learning styles, and academic/career/goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is academic consulting?

Academic consulting is an intentional educational process through which a student grows to understand the meaning and purpose of higher education, develops and uses strategies for his or her academic success, and cultivates an intellectual and personal appreciation of lifelong learning. Through the working relationship the student builds with the academic consultant, the two create an educational plan aligned with the student's personal potential, interests, and goals.

*Remember: helpful suggestions from friends do NOT replace assistance from a qualified faculty academic consultant or counselor.

What is a faculty academic consultant?

Academic consulting is more than selecting courses for the upcoming quarter. At SFCC, we believe the relationship between you and your faculty academic consultant is essential for your success. Your faculty academic consultant is your primary point of contact on campus and is familiar with the college's policies and procedures, and can either answer your questions or direct you to one of many campus resources. You should maintain contact with your faculty academic consultant to discuss situations and issues affecting your academic performance.

How do I find out who is my faculty academic consultant or counselor?

Login to ctcLink to find out your faculty academic consultant and current program/area of study.

When should I see my faculty academic consultant?

Schedule an appointment with your faculty academic consultant when you:

  • Want to create your academic plan, and develop your schedule for the next quarter
  • Have questions about degrees, certificates, areas of study and the registration process
  • Have questions about your program of study/major
  • Are experiencing academic difficulties
  • Need information about on-campus resources (e.g. tutoring)
  • You want to celebrate or share good news about your academic success!

How do I prepare for my academic consulting session(s)?

  • Schedule an appointment, in advance to ensure that you and your faculty consultant have adequate time to discuss and explore your options
  • Familiarize yourself with the various online resources available to you (e.g. online education planner; degree audit; degree worksheets or career planning guides; myBigfoot portal, including Online Catalog, Class Schedule, Plan My Schedule. See the Resources tab for links.)
  • Complete the Student Academic Consulting Profile (see Resources tab for links), especially information about your academic goal(s)
  • Prepare a list of questions for your faculty consultant to help him/her understand your unique needs and interests
  • Review the Online Catalog for information about courses/course descriptions, general program requirements, academic policies and procedures, etc.
  • Bring your official degree audit letter and other appropriate documentations, if applicable
  • Follow-through on recommendations and referrals
  • Remember to remain open-minded
  • Do YOUR research!

What YOU, the student, can expect of your faculty academic consultant

Your faculty academic consultant will...

  • Be knowledgeable about degree options, graduation requirements, academic policies and procedures
  • Assist with development of realistic academic goals
  • Encourage and guide you with creating a comprehensive educational plan
  • Demonstrate the use of online resources to promote self-efficacy, e.g. registration tools
  • Refer to appropriate campus resources, when and as needed

What your faculty academic consultant can expect of YOU

You will...

  • Schedule regular appointments or make regular contact with your faculty academic consultant during the quarter
  • Become knowledgeable about college programs, policies, and procedures
  • Clearly express your values and goals so that you are provided accurate and timely information
  • Actively participate in the academic consulting and decision-making process
  • Update your online educational plans as your needs and progress change
  • Prepare questions as needed prior to each academic consulting session
  • Follow through on referrals or other recommended actions
  • Accept responsibility for your academic decisions and performance

Questions about the academic consulting process?

You can email Chrissy Davis,
or drop by Building 30, Room 244 during normal business hours.


  • Academic advising/consulting: Academic advising refers to an action, the moment in the advisement process when adviser and student are working together to achieve the student's goals. Advisement is the noun which describes a holistic process while advising is a verb used for the interaction.
  • Academic consultant (FAC): A faculty member, who works with students on their educational plans and course selection. You will need to meet with your FAC prior to registration.
  • Academic standing: The academic standing reflects student's performance.
  • Area of Study: A program of study or group of selected courses required for a degree or program in a specific subject.
  • CANVAS (formerly ANGEL): An online, electronic, education platform designed to deliver course content and information.
  • Counselor: Someone who works with students on their academic progress, course selection, career and major options, and navigating academic processes.
  • Degree Audit (official and unofficial): The process of tracking and examining academic records to determine degree and certificate completion.
  • Elective: A course that does not meet any specific program and/or area of study requirement; unless, it is a specified “elective” for an academic program and/or area of study.
  • FAM: Financial Aid portal
  • FERPA: A Federal law applying to educational agencies and institutions that receive funding under a program administered by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Full-time (FT): Enrollment in 12 or more credit hours per quarter.
  • My Math Test (MMT):Placement instrument for Math.
  • myBIGFoot: The student communication portal.
  • New Student Orientation (NSO): An introduction to college life for incoming students. NSO presentations include content about technology, college knowledge, financial aid, individualized educational planning and first quarter registration.
  • Part-time (PT): Enrollment in fewer than 12 credit hours per quarter.
  • Placement testing: Tests administered to determine the most appropriate placement in English and Reading (COMPASS) and Math (MMT).
  • Prerequisite: A required course/courses taken before another course.
  • Ultimatum Quarter: The duration of instruction for an academic term, which is typically 11 weeks (including one week of final exams).
  • Registration: The process of enrolling in classes, which is also a function of academic advisement.
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid (also referred to as SAP):Academic requirements based on Federal Financial Aid regulations. SAP variables include: grade point average (GPA), credits completed, academic status (e.g., FT or PT), and some required courses. Specific questions should be directed to the Financial Aid Office, because each [student's] situation differs.
  • Syllabus:A handout from instructors that includes but is not limited to: instructor's name and contact information; the purpose of the course; prerequisites, if applicable; textbooks; course calendar/outline of events; assignments; grading policy and other pertinent information about the course.
  • Transcript (official and unofficial): A list of courses, grades and credits.

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