Academic Advising


"Advising is a process in which advisor and advisee enter a dynamic relationship respectful of the student's concerns. Ideally, the advisor serves as teacher and guide in an interactive partnership aimed at enhancing the student's self-awareness and fulfillment."

O'Banion, T. (1972). An academic advising model. Junior College Journal, 42, 62-69.

YHC uses a faculty-advising model, which means that as soon as a student declares a major, they are assigned a faculty advisor who teaches and mentors students in that major. Faculty academic advisors provide holistic, appreciative advising that teaches students how to navigate the academic, social, and career developmental pieces of their educational experience at YHC.  Advisors are committed to supporting their advisee’s success by serving as advocates for student’s needs while leading them toward a path of self-authorship and advocacy. Advisors collaborate with students in one-on-one appointments to form supportive relationships that allow students a safe space to engage in self-exploration and planning.

Learning Outcomes
Learning Outcomes

Academic advising plays a key role in students’ understanding of the college environment. In ongoing conversations with faculty advisors, students will:

  • Develop skills in locating and effectively using information and resources that facilitate successful goal-setting and academic planning
  • Discuss their academic requirements and expectations
  • Define the relationship between classroom learning/experiences and academic, career, and personal goals/interests
  • Define their passions and learn how to channel them into a major and career
  • Define the importance of and incorporate experiential learning or outside-the-classroom experiences to enhance their education
  • Create a graduation plan that includes next steps (graduate school, career planning)