Student Success and Retention
The mission of the Student Success and Retention Department is to provide quality, comprehensive, advising and student support services to prospective and admitted students throughout their academic career at Tallahassee Community College. Student Success and Retention Professionals facilitate a student’s successful entrance into the College and provide continued guidance for students in such areas as goal setting, academic planning, student success and retention. Programs and services also encourage students become responsible decision makers as they work toward achieving their educational and career goals in a diverse setting. Specific areas of responsibility include academic advising, registration, mental health counseling, Disability Support Services, retention and study support strategies, Veteran support services and graduation checks.
Philosophy of Academic Advising
Tallahassee Community College has a progressive advising model which is a system of shared responsibility between students and the College. The College community works with students to develop educational and career plans and provides opportunities for refining academic and life skills. Many students enter the institution with questions related to course selection and immediate needs, but advisor/student interactions can evolve into life and career planning and eventually lead students toward managing the advising process in a more self-directed approach.
Goals of Advising
Assist students in developing educational and career plans consistent with life goals.
Provide students with accurate information about academic progression and degree requirements.
Assist students in understanding academic policies and procedures.
Help students access campus resources to promote academic success.
Enhance student retention and success through developing personal interactions with faculty and staff.
Student Responsibility and Expectations
Students are expected to take an active role in their education and in the advising process by doing the following:
- Explore educational and career interests using available campus resources (e.g., career Services [SIGI 3], Student Success & Retention, FLVC.org) and be prepared to discuss those interests with an advisor.
- Make an advising appointment during the scheduled advising-time windows.
- Update your Education Plan with intended major and transfer university within their first 30 hours.
- Check the academic calendar for important dates and deadlines.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Discover a wealth of information about Tallahassee Community College from Admission to Graduation on the Student Affairs/One Stop Center FAQs(pdf).