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"My advice to the college is that the advisors should have a required mid-semester meeting with students to discuss how we're doing and to discuss the next steps for the next semester."

"We definitely need some more counselors, 'cause I was waiting for a couple of hours, waiting to see a counselor. I didn't have time to wait. I didn't expect to be waiting just to see one person to be told I have to come back."

"We want the college to let us know the numbers. What degrees led to the best job? What degree should I take to have the best career? Do they actually get careers after they get that degree instead of just sitting on their degree 'til the next minimum wage job comes along?"

"I don't know where I'm going. I know that I'm going for the associate degree that takes two years, but as far as what classes to take for that degree, I don't know."

"The counselors made it very personal, it wasn't you were just another number, you were like a person to them... Not only did they tell you what classes...were good for you, they told you what classes would help you for your major. It was a big help for the first time in the college experience."

"My counselor basically just gave me a paper of all the core curriculum and was like, 'Okay, pick which ones you want to take.' To me that wasn't very helpful 'cause...if I knew what classes to take I would just get it done on my own."

"It was real one-on-one with my advisor, and she kind of got into what I was trying to do, and it really helped her pick out my classes and helped me get situated so that I can do what I need to do and get through college."

"They didn't tell me when I signed up for class that for every hour of class, I have to do two hours of studying. They didn't give me any expectations until I actually sat down in the classroom. I think that before you even enroll you should be able to know what you're getting into so you know if it's the right path for you."

"I didn't have the greatest experience with the counseling office. Someone had told me they had gone to one counselor and found out all the information they needed, but for me, it took me a couple of days, a couple of different counselors. During the registration period, there's a two and a half, three hour wait for a counselor and then they're trying to get through so many students at once. I guess that's why I didn't get the information I needed or the information I wanted."

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What is Clear Academic Plan and Pathway?

When a student, with knowledgeable assistance, creates a road map — one that shows where he or she is headed, what academic path to follow, and how long it will take to reach the end goal — that student has a critical tool for staying on track. Students are more likely to persist if they not only are advised about what courses to take, but also are helped to set academic goals and to create a plan for achieving them.

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