CSI Advising Guide


Advising Skills

Now that you know the responsibilities and preparation expected of a new advisor, it’s time to understand the fundamental advising skills. You will use this skill knowledge set at every advising session.

Understanding Placement

StudentsThe College follows placement score guidelines on a serious basis to ensure student success in their educational studies. As part of the placement adherence, major advisors are held accountable for the understanding of placement interpretation and appropriate student course selection as indicated by assessment scores. The placement assessments below are acceptable for course and program purposes. Please remember that test scores are considered valid if they have been taken within three years from the date of course enrollment.

COMPASS (Computerized Adaptive Placement Assessment & Support System)
COMPASS is used as a means to gather information regarding the background and educational needs of advisees. The COMPASS assessments are a series of un-timed adaptive tests in the areas of writing and mathematics.

ACT (American College Testing)
Measures high school students’ general educational development and their capability to complete college-level work. ACT placement scores can be used if advisees obtain certain sub-score levels.

Measures verbal and math reasoning skills. Subject tests measure knowledge or skills in a particular subject and your ability to apply that knowledge.

Alternative Credit
Many students entering CSI bring a depth of knowledge in specific subjects which has been gained through life experiences or a variety of areas of study. Students who have been accepted and enroll at CSI may convert this learning into Alternative Credit. In some instances, Alternative Credit could be used for placement purposes.

Transfer College and University Credit
Successful completion of college-level coursework indicated on official transcripts from accredited colleges and universities could be used as part of the placement process.  Students must send in official transcripts to the Admissions and Records Office for course equivalency evaluation.

Degree/Certificate Knowledge

InstructorEach degree has its own unique admission requirement and curriculum courses that students will need to complete as established by each department. Whether the student’s goal is to transfer to another institution or to obtain the necessary workforce education, you will need to fully understand your department’s degree offerings

General Education (GE) requirements
Each degree may require specific GE core courses in the program’s curriculum requirements. If your department offers Associate of Arts or Associate of Science    degrees, student’s will generally need to complete 36 credits. If your department offers a Technical Certificate or an Associate of Applied Science degrees, students will generally need to complete 9 or 16 credits respectively.

Major Requirements
Your department’s major degree courses may have prerequisite(s), corequisite(s), and/or instructor permission needed to progress towards graduation. Use the degree/certificate checklists when helping advisees track courses completed, scheduling appropriate course sequencing, and providing your contact information. In addition to degree/certificate checklists, use the semester plans.  

Computer Literacy Assessment
Technology will play a crucial role in your advisees’ educational studies. Some degrees require Computer Literacy Assessment (CSA) validation as part of the program entry process and graduation requirements.

The CSA includes:

  • Windows file management
  • Word Processing Applications
  • Presentation Applications
  • Spreadsheet Applications

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