Academic Advising

 

Student Center Top Floor   

If the direct phone lines listed here result in long distance charges,
please call 636-797-3000, ext XXXX
(the last four digits of the numbers below).

Director: Kathy Johnston (636-481-3280)

Advisors:
Chris Lile – Off-Campus Advisor (636-481-3587)
Deb Shores – Resource Advisor (636-481-3286)
Kim Flora – Transfer Advisor (636-481-3285)
Stacey Wilson - Career Advisor (636-481-3211)

Student Engagement Specialist
Sara Denny (636-481-3231)

Advising Services Secretary:
Jill West (636-481-3209)

Student Athlete Success Coordinator:
Jason Gardner (636-481-3258)

We Can Help...

  • Provide academic advising to all students at all campuses
  • Assign students to academic advisors
  • Establish academic and career goals
  • Provide academic and personal support
  • Provide career counseling
  • Provide transfer assistance
  • Coordinate job placement opportunities
  • Process changing of majors and/or advisors
  • Monitor academic progress
  • Provide workshops in areas such as: note-taking, test anxiety, and study skills
  • Provide immediate help-line assistance through telephone and online services
  • Provide a hot-line for faculty and staff to refer students who need help
  • Support leadership and personal development workshops and seminars
  • Manage offices for student organizations
  • Coordinate student, campus, and community activities
  • Produce Jefferson College Student ID’s
  • Coordinate counseling services with COMTREA for developmental issues, situational crises, or other personal difficulties
  • Advise/Tutor Student Athlete Success activities
  • Provide Veterans’ Administration certification for educational benefits

    Located on the top floor of the Student Center, the ARC has full time staff that will provide quality academic advising for all students.  Students may want to visit with an advisor about transfer opportunities, academic and schedule options, academic status or any other academic matter.

Scheduled Appointments 
To ensure a time just for you, an appointment with an academic advisor may be made for your convenience.  Call 636-481-3209.

Walk in Advising Service
Students in need of an advisor may stop by between the hours of
8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday – Thursday and
8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Friday on the Hillsboro campus.
There may be a short wait during walk-in times, based on advisor availability. 

Arnold & Northwest Campus Advising
An Academic Advisor is available at the satellite campuses during the following times:

Arnold – Mondays - Thursdays 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
                                   Fridays 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Northwest – Tuesday & Thursday  1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Good academic advising is critical to a student’s success.  All full-time, degree seeking students are assigned an academic advisor. Your academic advisor will serve as a guide and a mentor throughout your college career at Jefferson College.  

Do you have questions about classes? Are you looking for some help in classes, but do not know where to begin? The ARC is here to help! The ARC is available for all students, faculty and staff to ask questions, make referrals and help students succeed at Jefferson College!  

Students:
  Have concerns or questions?  Stop by the ARC (Advising and Retention Center) on the top floor of the Student Center building for assistance. You can speak to one of several academic advisors available. We can help with:

1) transferring on to 4-year colleges/universities,

2) job search assistance for our career/technical programs,

3) time management

4) study skills

5) test-taking concerns

6) family issues

7) and much more!

Let us help you be successful at Jefferson College!  

Academic Advisor Assignment

Applied Science:  Certificate or Degree Program
Students with a major in the Applied Science Degree Program are assigned a faculty advisor associated with their certificate or degree program.

Associate of Arts Degree
Students with a major in the Associate of Arts program generally plan to transfer to another college or university to continue their education.  Faculty and ARC advisors are assigned to these students.

Associate of Arts in Teaching
Students with a major in the Associate of Arts in Teaching program are planning to transfer to another college or university for a degree in education.  Faculty and ARC advisors are assigned to these students.

Associate of Science Degree
Students with a major in the Associate of Science program are planning on transferring to another school for a degree in engineering.  Faculty and ARC advisors are assigned to these students.

Students log on to STARS to check the assignment of their academic advisor.

Students may change their advisor by completing the Change of Major and Change of Advisor Form.  Students can download this form from their STARS page, under the Academic Services tab.  These forms are also available in the ARC, Registrar’s and Admissions Office. 


Student Responsibilities

Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to discuss their interests and aspirations.  The quality of the advising session is determined by the preparation of the advisor and the student.

Check out the suggestions below to enhance the quality of the advising session:

• Review the degree planning sheet for your major, certificate or your interest area for course requirements.

• Use the college catalog to review course content including pre-requisites.

• Click on STARS then class schedules and then the semester you wish to register and look at course capacity.

When meeting with your advisor, be prepared to discuss:

• The progress you are making toward the achievement of your goals.
• Any concerns you may have in achieving your goals.
• Your successes! Advisors like to hear about your grades, awards, club activities and any other of your extra curricular activities


New Student Academic Advising
After being admitted to Jefferson College, an academic advisor will assist students to register for classes during a one-on-one appointment. Students are encouraged to make an advising appointment by calling (636) 481-3209 or 636-797-3000, ext 3209

To prepare for your first advising appointment, contact the Advising & Retention Center about attending a Steps for Success workshop!

For additional information, check out the on-line catalog, course schedule and degree plans for degree options and course descriptions. 

Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to discuss their interests and aspirations.  The quality of the advising session is determined by the preparation of the advisor and the student.

Check out the suggestions below to enhance the quality of the advising session:

• Review the degree planning sheet for your major, certificate or your interest area for course requirements.
• Use the college catalog to review course content including pre-requisites.
• Click on the Class Schedule tab above and then locate the type or location of the class for the appropriate term.  Rest the cursor on the CRN number for the specific course to review the current enrollment for that course. 

When meeting with your advisor, be prepared to discuss:

• The progress you are making toward the achievement of your goals.
• Any concerns you may have in achieving your goals.
• Your successes! Advisors like to hear about your grades, awards, club activities and any other of your extra curricular activities


Jefferson College offers four types of degrees:

Associate of Arts (A.A.)
Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.)
Associate of Science (A.S.)
Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)

View all Degree Plans

Each degree is composed of courses which satisfy a General Education component, as well as courses which satisfy program requirements.  You can review each degree and program link to find general education and departmental courses for each degree.

General Education requirements include the following areas:
I. Communications
II. Humanities
III. Social and Behavioral Sciences
IV. Mathematics and Natural Sciences
V. General Education option
VI. Computer Literacy

The total hour requirements for the General Education component vary between degrees.

The Associate of Arts is a degree that is designed to meet general education components and transfer to a four-year institution.  There are several supporting areas students can choose from to meet the Associate of Arts elective requirements.

The Associate of Arts in Teaching is a statewide degree program.  Jefferson College's A.A.T. is comprised of 42 credit hours of general education, a14 credit hour Teacher Education Core, one institutional requirement (COL 101) and a minimum of five additional credit hours in electives. 

The Associate of Science is a degree program specifically designed to transfer to the University of Missouri at Rolla for Engineering students.

The Associate of Applied Science is for career and technical education programs.  Jefferson College offers over 20 programs, both degree and certificate level.  Some career and technical programs require state licensing for professional practice.  The completion of Jefferson College’s programs entitles the student to complete these examinations.

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What is a pre-requisite?
A pre-requisite is a requirement or condition that must be met prior to taking a specific course.  A pre-requisite may include test scores and/or other college or high-school coursework.  Pre-requisites are listed in the college catalog with the course descriptions.

What is a co-requisite?
A co-requisite is a requirement or condition that must be met at the same time that you are taking a specific course.

What is a credit hour?
A credit hour is the standard unit of measurement for university-level work applicable toward a degree.  One credit hour is equal to one 50-minute class period per week, per semester.  Thus the usual three-credit-hour course is based on meeting 50 minutes per day three days per week for one semester.  The term “credit hour” is often shortened to “hour” or “hours” as in “an associates degree requires at least 62 hours of work.”

How many hours should I take each semester to graduate in two years?
Most associate’s degrees require at least 62 hours of coursework to graduate.  For a student to graduate in two years, they should complete 15 – 17 hours each Fall and Spring semester.  If a student wishes to take courses during the Intersession or Summer semesters, they may reduce their course load during the Fall and Spring.

What is the difference between an advisor and a counselor?
An academic advisor can assist students making short- and long-term decisions about their academic future, including choosing majors, courses and career related options.  Counselors can assist students with personal and emotional issues.  Jefferson College has both advisors and counselors available for students.

What is the difference between an Associate of Arts and an Associate of Applied Science Degree?
An Associate of Arts degree is designed as a “transfer” degree for students wishing to continue their education by pursuing a Bachelor’s degree.  An Associate of Applied Science degree is designed to prepare a student to enter the workforce and/or complete state licensing for professional practice.

I plan to transfer to another college after I complete my degree at Jefferson. How do I know what will transfer?
The Associate of Arts degree is designed as a transfer degree.  Completing the general education requirements at Jefferson College will greatly facilitate your transfer.  For specific course transferability, you will need to check the requirements at the college to which you wish to transfer.  You can check with the Transfer Specialist in the ARC and/or check with the transfer institution’s admissions officer for transfer guides.  The final decision on transfer credit will be made at the transfer institution.

When do I need to make a decision about declaring my major?
You do not need to declare a major immediately upon enrollment at Jefferson College.  The sooner you can make your decision, the easier it will be to create an overall degree plan for your enrollment.  Many undeclared students will work on first completing their general education requirements to allow them to finalize a decision while still working toward their education goals.

What can I do to help me declare a major?
Working with an Academic Advisor can help you review your options at Jefferson College.  Taking courses that interest you may help you further refine your career and academic choices.  There are some assessments in the Career Development Center that may also help you review your choices.  Students also have the option of taking a course called Career Exploration (GUD 101) that may help them with their decision on academic major and career choices.


As parents, how should we be prepared for the transition from high school to college?
This is always a tough transition for the family.  Students will be exposed to new ideas, and they may begin to create a new set of values. Students will have opportunities to interact with others from different backgrounds and cultures and review their political and social ideas.  Keeping the lines of communication open is the best way to smooth the transition.  Talk often with your student about how they are feeling about the College experience and what they are learning.

How many hours per week are reasonable for a student to work and go to school fulltime?
Ideally a student should avoid working over 20 hours per week if attending classes full time. Students working part time, while attending school full time, may develop or enhance time management skills and learn to balance commute times, study time, social time and work.  A full-time student schedule is the equivalent to a full-time job.

My student did not study too much in high school and still made good grades. What can my student expect in college?
Students should plan to study about 2 hours per week per credit hour. For example, students registered for 15 credit hours should budget 30 hours per week for studying and 15 hours in the classroom which equals 45 hours committed to their education.

Can my student attend classes at different campuses in the County or must they have all of their classes at the same campus?
Students may have classes at any location. Some students schedule classes at Northwest or Arnold and at the Main campus in Hillsboro, too. Students choose their schedule and location based on what is convenient for them at a certain time. 

What should we do if my student is sick and must miss a class?
Students should review the syllabus and follow the professor’s guidelines. Most professors will want either an email or a message on their voice mail letting them know about missing a class.

My student wants to transfer to a four year university, will all of the credits transfer?
We encourage students to contact the college or university that they plan to transfer to discuss course transferability and admission requirements. Generally speaking, most colleges and universities will accept the Associate of Arts degree as a completion of the general education requirements and students will start as a junior. Of course, this is always major dependent. 

How can I find out how my student is doing in their classes?
Students must sign a release of information form for parents and guardians to have access to this information.  Students may obtain the form from any campus registration site or online through the STARS account.  The student may grant permission for academic and/or financial records.  All requests for information should be directed to the Office of Student Records.

My student is an A+ recipient; can they go to school in the summer?
Yes, A+ recipients may attend summer classes. Students must take six credit hours to receive the tuition fund benefits.  A summer semester will count as a full semester of classes.  Contact Student Financial Services for additional information at 636-481-3212/3219/3239.

What services are available if my student is struggling in a class?
Jefferson College has free peer tutoring services for most courses. Tutors are available on each campus in the Learning Center. Students may visit the Writing Lab for assistance in planning, drafting, revising and editing papers.  The Math Lab is available for students in any math course for assistance in all levels of math. Both labs are  located in the Learning Center on all three campuses.


1. Which of my courses will transfer?
Generally, any course accepted as general education for the Associate of Arts degree will transfer. Most AA elective courses will also transfer, but it is best to check with your four-year institution for acceptable electives for a particular degree program.

2. Which of my courses will not transfer?
Developmental courses (numbered 000-099) do not transfer. Also, some four-year institutions do not accept MTH128 Intermediate Algebra. For information about transfer opportunities in Career and Technical Education (Vo-Tech), contact the Academic Advising office, 636-481-3209, or the Career-Tech office, ext. 3445 or 3467.

3. How many total hours will transfer to a four-year institution?
If a student earns an AA or AS degree, generally 62-64 credits transfer. Some four-year institutions will accept more than 64 credits. Check with an advisor at the receiving institution (the university you are transferring to) for an exact number.

4. Should I declare a major during my two years at the community college?
You do not have to declare a major while at Jefferson; however, the earlier you pick a major, the easier it will be to align general education curriculum to a four year degree plan and to choose appropriate electives. Your Jefferson advisor can help you choose math, science, social science, humanities, and electives to suit your major.

5. What course(s) should I take if I am undecided?
The Career Exploration course is helpful if you want to examine various career options. In addition, you should take a wide variety of general education courses, which will provide a solid foundation for any major and help you to determine your academic and career interests.

6. What can I do to ensure a successful transfer?
Order the four-year institution's College Catalog and request any information regarding your program of choice. Also, speak to an advisor at the four-year institution as early as possible, even during your first semester at Jefferson. Check with your Jefferson advisor before registering each semester.

7. What can Jefferson do to ensure a successful transfer?
Jefferson provides personalized academic advising. For transfer course equivalency charts on university web-sites, click on Transfer Resources in the menu above. Jefferson maintains open communication with four-year institutions regarding curriculum changes and transfer issues. We also adhere to state transfer guidelines.

8. What if a transfer institution questions a course(s) or refuses to accept a course(s)?
Follow the transfer institution's appeal process (see Catalog or Student Handbook). If the matter cannot be resolved, contact Jefferson's Transfer Articulation Officer (Kim Harvey, 636-481-3207 or 636-797-3000, ext 3207) to explain the particular situation.

9.  Should I take a foreign language if I plan to transfer?
Missouri state colleges and universities require at least 12 hours (3 semesters) 
of a foreign language for a Bachelor of Arts degree.  While this is not required for an Associate of Arts degree, you should consider fulfilling this requirement at Jefferson College where tuition is generally much lower than four-year institutions.

10. What if a transfer institution requests to see a course syllabus?
Course syllabi for general education classes are posted on the General Education section of Jefferson's web-site. For non general education course syllabi, contact 636-481-3207.

11 . Upon transfer, what is the significance of my Jefferson GPA?
Your Jefferson College GPA may be used to determine your eligibility for certain programs or scholarships at the four-year institution.

12. How are high school dual credit courses transferred to the four-year institution?
Missouri state guidelines assure the transfer of five dual credit courses. Beyond that, each institution may set its own policy.

13. What if I have taken courses at another college before attending Jefferson?
Have a copy of your transcript(s) available when meeting with an advisor to assist in registering for classes. Also, have the official transcript(s) sent to Jefferson from each previous college attended. An official review will be completed by the Registrar/Student Records Office, and all applicable credit will be posted after you have enrolled at Jefferson.

14. What happens if I transfer to the four-year institution before completing the Associate of Arts degree?
If you are transferring to a Missouri public institution and you have completed 42 hours or more at Jefferson, contact the Registrar's Office to determine if you have met the State Lower-Level General Education Requirements. If so, your transcript will be marked appropriately and should be accepted as a block at the four-year institution. If you have less than 42 hours or are transferring to a private or out-of state institution, your courses will most likely be evaluated on a course-by-course basis.

15. Is there financial aid available for students when they transfer?
Yes. Click here to find financial aid and scholarship information for common transfer institutions.

16. Are there scholarships available for students when they transfer?
Refer to question 15. Additionally, there are a few transfer scholarships listed on the Jefferson College web site. Click here for more information.

17. What transfer advice do you have for undecided students?
1) Contact the Career Services Office at both Jefferson College and the receiving institution.
2) Consider taking a Career Planning and Exploration test.
3) Take a variety of electives/general education courses to help determine an area of interest.
4) Pick a major(s) with career options that really interest you.

18. What transfer advice do you have for students who have already selected a major?
1) Determine the schools that offer your major.
2) Review evaluation books (i.e., "Rugg's Recommendations," "Gourman Report," etc.) which rate schools by majors.
3) Tour prospective schools and apply early.
4) Ask the receiving institution's Career Services staff about employer demand for your major,names of recruiting employers, employer attendees at Career Fairs and/or on-campus interviewing, and salaries.

19. What if I still have questions?
Contact the Transfer Specialist by calling 636-481-3285 or visit the Advising & Retention Center on the top floor of the Student Center on the Hillsboro campus.

Transfer Resources 

Included here is information specific to a number colleges and universities to assist you with transfer questions.  Please understand that information is always changing so it's recommended you check with the receiving institution or the Jefferson College Transfer Specialist if you are unsure about anything or have unanswered questions.

 

Central Methodist University - St. Louis Area

Culver Stockton College

Fontbonne Transfer Admissions

Fontbonne Transfer Guides

Lindenwood Admissions

Lindenwood Transfer Guides
Lindenwood Transfer Scholarships

Missouri Baptist Transfer Admissions

Jefferson College TO Missouri Baptist Transfer Guides

Missouri State Transfer Admissions

Missouri State Transfer Equivalencies with Jefferson College
Missouri State Transfer Guides

Missouri University of Science & Technology Admissions

Missouri University of Science & Technology Transfer Credit Info

Southeast Missouri State University Transfer Admissions

Southeast Missouri State University General Education Transfer

Southern Illinois University - Carbondale Transfer Admissions

Southern Illinois University - Carbondale  Course Equivalencies

Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville Transfer Admissions

Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville Course Equivalencies
St. Louis Community College - Health Occupations
St. Louis University - General Transfer
St. Louis University - Course Equivalencies
 
University of Missouri - Columbia  Transfer Admissions

University of Missouri - Columbia  Course Equivalency Guide

University of Missouri – Kansas City  Transfer Admissions
University of Missouri – Kansas City Transfer Equivalency Guide 

University of Missouri – St. Louis  Transfer Admissions

University of Missouri – St. Louis  Course Equivalency Guide (Jeffco)

Webster University Transfer Admissions

Webster University-Jeffco Transfer Equivalency Guide
Webster University Transfer Equivalency Database

Missouri Department of Higher Education  Course Equivalencies

 

 

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If the direct phone lines listed below result in long distance charges, please call 636-797-3000, ext 3XXX (the last four digits of the numbers below).

Advising and Retention Center (ARC)
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636-481-3209
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636-481-3285
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636-481-3207 or 636-481-3205
Located in the Student Center

Office of the Dean of Arts and Science Education
Shirley Davenport, Dean
636-481-3333
Located in Technology Center


Career Services can provide assistance in employment search and career development. 

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 March 2014 )