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Faculty/Staff Resources

Whether this is your first semester advising students or if you've been advising for a number of years, our office provides supportive resources for success. While we could not hope to anticipate every advising scenario or question that you may encounter as an advisor, the materials below touch upon best pratices in advising.

Faculty Advising Advising Guide
Student and Advisor Responsibilities First Year Advisor
Advising Committee Informational Links
Transfer GuidePlacement Release Referral Process
NewsletterGraduation Audit

Faculty Advising

Every degree-seeking student at CSI is assigned a faculty major advisor as part of the student's educational endeavors. The faculty major advisor, which is assigned by the department chair, will be provided advising training and resources in a timely fashion to carry out advising responsibilities. During in-service time periods, faculty members within the department may also be assigned advising responsibilities as deemed appropriate by the deparment chair.

Department program advising responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • College, department, and developmental advising mission awareness
  • Student and major advisor shared responsibilities
  • Advisor preparation expectancies
  • Placement information
  • Program curriculum knowledge
  • Evaluation of student advising needs
  • Advising best practices
  • Transfer and graduation procedures

For more information regarding faculty advising, please review the Faculty Handbook each semester for procedural updates.

Student and Advisor Responsibilities

College educational planning is a shared responsibility between students and advisors. Being familiar with your responsibilities as a major advisor will allow you to help students to successfully reach their educational goals.

Advising Committee

The Advising Committee serves as the official faculty advising voice on campus. The Advising Committee assists with campus-wide advising initiatives, develops in-service advising best practices workshops, and collaborates with other committees in the enrollment management process.

Transfer Guide

The Transfer Guide provides valuable information about the transfer process. We encourage you to utilize the resources in the guide when assisting students and to refer students to guide as part of their transfer process to a four-year school.


The Eagle Eye Advisor is a semester-based newsletter designed to share advising information and best practices with faculty and program advisors. By keeping informed and abreast of new trends and developments we can better connect with our students to help them reach their educational goals. Click here to see past issues.

Advising Guide

Part of the Advising Center's mission is to provide timely and informative advising guidelines to become a well-rounded advisor. Familiarize yourself with the universal items included in the Advising Guide as you carry out advising duties. The Advising Center is always available to provide hands-on training, so seek us out!

First Year Advisor

The First Year Advisor (FYA) contains helpful student strategies and resources which guide incoming students on the right path. We encourage you to read the booklet and refer students as part of their transition to CSI.

Informational Links

General Education (GE)
Each associate and technical degree will require general knowledge area completion, also known as "General Education". The goals may include Communication, English, Humanities, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science. Be sure to check your intended program's curriculum requirements for GE specifics.

Completion Plan/Checklists
The Advising Center has developed user-friendly degree completion plans/checklists, which reflect the most current CSI catalog content. Each completion plan/checklist contains your focused area advisor and major advisor's contact information, degree requirements, and relevant pre(co)-requisites.

Change of Major
Our office recommends students discuss a change of major with the intended major advisor first, so they can find out if this major is right for them and if their completed courses meet the intended program requirements. Students receiving financial aid and scholarships should consider discussing a change of major with the Financial Aid Office as well. Students can submit their change of major request online through MyCSI.

CSI Catalog
The Catalog contains official information regarding policies and procedures, admissions, program offerings, degree requirements, course descriptions, student life activities, etc.

CSI is an institutional member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) which connects advisors to advising research, best practices in advising, and state conferences.

Placement Release Referral Process

When a student pursues enrolling outside of his/her placement scores, the College is asking major advisors to complete the placement referral form.  Here's how the referral process works:

  • The major advisor (or those who have student advising responsibilities) will fill out the "Student Advisor Referral Contact Form".
  • A copy of the completed Student Advisor Referral Contact Form will need to be given to the student advisor’s immediate supervisor for filing purposes.
  • Please Note:  It’s extremely important to confirm a scheduled appointment for the student.  If the department chair over the subject discipline is not available, contact the following designees to set up a meeting for the student.
Course Department Chair & Designees Phone Email Contact
ESL Debra Matier, English Instructor 732-6816 dmatier@csi.edu
ENGL 015 Dr. Clark Draney, English Department Chair 732-6810 cdraney@csi.edu
ENGL 101-102 Dr. Clark Draney, English Department Chair 732-6810 cdraney@csi.edu
MATH 023- 043 Dr. Ron Cresswell, Math Department Chair 732-6814
MATH 123 and above Dr. Ron Cresswell, Math Department Chair 732-6814 rcresswell@csi.edu

  • Should the designees not be readily available, Dr. Cindy Bond will be the point of contact for students.
  • The student will then meet with the appropriate Department Chair or designee, at their scheduled appointment time, to discuss the course placement release process and course registration options.

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Graduation Audit

Faculty advisors have access to an advisee's graduation degree audit report through MyCSI. Click here for instructions on how to access and interpret the information on the report.

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