Academic advising services are offered through Guided Pathways Advising for QVCC. In a student-centered, personalized model, every degree and certificate seeking student is assigned a Guided Pathways Advisor to assist them in their career and academic exploration and decision-making. Guided Pathways Advisors collaborate with faculty advisors to provide holistic planning and support in alignment with the Holistic Case Management Advising policy. Through the Holistic Case Management Policy, Guided Pathways Advisors provide and coordinate sustained, strategic, integrated, proactive, and personalized support to their assigned students to help keep them on plan, which includes resources and services related to their academic, career, financial, and other individual needs. Students following programs of study also work directly with faculty and program coordinators within their chosen major. Guided Pathways Advisors encourages all students to utilize the services, which include career exploration, course planning from initial registration to graduation, transfer advising, adding/dropping classes, changing programs of study, course registration assistance and referrals to college and community resources. While advisors guide and support the student, it is the student who assumes responsibility for their individual academic program completion. Guided Pathways Advising is located in the Student Success Center (C129). For more information, visit www.qvcc.edu/advising.
Guided Pathways Advisors are available to assist students in exploring careers and identifying career goals as part of developing their academic and career plan. Advisors also assist students with their choice of academic program of study correlated to an academic guided pathway. QVCC also provides students and alumni free interactive web-based resources for career exploration. Focus 2 is a personalized career and education planning system that combines self-assessment, career exploration and decision making into one comprehensive program. For more information, visit www.qvcc.edu/advising.
Students with Disabilities
Quinebaug Valley Community College is committed to creating an inclusive and accessible community. QVCC students with documented disabilities may be eligible to receive reasonable accommodations upon request. Students with disabilities are encouraged to self-identify by completing an intake form online through the Accommodate portal at https://qvcc-accommodate.symplicity.com/public_accommodation/. Upon completing this form, the next steps are to submit supporting documentation of their condition(s) and meet with the Office of Disability and Accessibility Services. Students are then notified of their approved accommodations at QVCC. Students are welcome to begin the intake process at any time following admittance to the College and during their time here. Please contact Morgan Sutton in the Office of Disability and Accessibility Services with further questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dual Admissions Agreements
Quinebaug Valley Community College has developed transfer partnership programs with the Connecticut State Universities (CSUs) and the University of Connecticut (UCONN), utilizing the concept of joint or dual admissions. The program with the CSUs is called COMPACT. Students wishing to apply for this program must do so before earning 15 transferrable credits. With UCONN, this program is called Guaranteed Admissions Program (GAP). Students wishing to apply for this program must do so before earning 30 transferrable credits. Both programs are designed for students who have come to QVCC with the intent of attending one of these universities upon completion of the corresponding QVCC degree program. Certain eligibility requirements apply to each program and interested students should meet with their Guided Pathways Advisor during their first semester at QVCC. For more information, visit www.qvcc.edu/advising.
Additional Transfer Agreements
Quinebaug Valley Community College offers students transfer agreements, called articulation agreements, with many local colleges and universities, including Rhode Island College, Bryant University, Nichols College, St. Joseph College, and Charter Oak State College. These agreements facilitate transferring to another institution, usually into a baccalaureate degree program. Guided Pathways Advisors assist a student in transfer planning and exploring the opportunities through our transfer agreements. Certain eligibility requirements apply to each program and interested students should meet with their Guided Pathways Advisor during their first semester at QVCC. For more information, visit www.qvcc.edu/advising.
A student who wishes to change their program of study should discuss the planned change with their Guided Pathways Advisor and complete a Change of Status form at https://qvcc.edu/forms/.
A student remains in good academic standing with QVCC by maintaining a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average. Beyond that:
- Any student with less than a 2.0 GPA will be placed on warning. If the cumulative GPA remains less than 2.0 in the next semester immediately following, the student will be placed on probation. If the cumulative GPA remains less than 2.0 in the third semester immediately following, the student will be placed on suspension.
- Any student who does not complete 50 percent or more of his/her courses in a semester will be placed on “Progress Probation.”
- Financial aid academic progress standards require completion of 67 percent of courses attempted.
Guided Pathways Advisors provide on-going support students placed on academic probation or academic warning to collaborate on success strategies and an academic plan to return to good standing. Students placed on academic probation will be limited to 10 credits in the subsequent semester and students should meet with a Guided Pathways Advisor to create an academic plan and enroll in courses.
Please note: Ordinarily, if a student is suspended, the student must wait at least one year before applying for re-instatement, subject to the approval of the designated dean or administrator. Standards of academic progress will be monitored at the end of the fall and spring semesters, and communications regarding probation and academic dismissal will be sent before the beginning of the next semester. Guided Pathways Advisors provide holistic support for students to ensure a successful return to QVCC from suspension.