Student Success Center
Student Services Building
The Student Success Center supports students in the development of meaningful educational plans that are supportive and compatible with educational and life goals. The center promotes and facilitates individual advisement and career exploration that aims to meet the unique goals of each student. The Student Success Center educates and empowers students to take responsibility in making informed decisions that help clarify career and personal goals.
The Student Success Center assists students in planning course schedules and ensuring that general education and major course requirements are met. To this end, students will be assessed for individual student goals as they relate to the college curriculum in order to give reliable information concerning the courses and degree programs available.
Academic advising is an important part of Walters State Community College's commitment to helping students attain educational goals. Academic advising serves an important role in creating an environment that is supportive of student learning and personal development. Advisors provide information regarding degree programs, courses, resources, college policies/procedures, and, as requested, career information. Responsibilities for advising are shared among student support personnel and faculty in academic departments.
Although academic advisors may assist students with decisions throughout their academic career, students are responsible for making decisions regarding personal and educational goals. Students are ultimately responsible for satisfying all graduation requirements, so it is vital that they take an active role in their academic planning. Faculty advisors are willing and able to facilitate that planning, but completing the necessary steps is up to students.
All first-time students will receive information and assistance re: selecting a major, differences between degree programs and transfer information. Any students changing their major will also receive additional pre-advising information before being referred out to the academic departments for advising.
All non-degree seeking students, transient students and undecided students will receive assistance with educational planning, selecting class schedules and the clearing of registration holds so that students can register. In this office advising assistance will also be given to at risk students as requested.
Walters State students who want to complete a bachelor's degree have a guarantee that their credits will transfer to a public university in Tennessee if they choose any one of 50 different majors offering transfer pathways. Learn more at Tennessee Transfer Pathway. All articulating students will receive information regarding transfer options, and will be provided with articulation materials. The articulation agreements will be signed and tracked in this center. This office will work closely with the Articulation Officer for Walters State in order to remain aware of changes and new program development in the area of articulation.
Transfer students will receive assistance by being able to access applications, catalogs and transfer equivalency tables available from this office. Transfer students will also be referred to contacts at 4 year schools as needed. The office will present student workshops regarding transfer as requested, and will do an annual transfer day where representatives from other schools will come to speak with transferring students.
If a faculty advisor is not available in the academic department where a student's major is housed, then the student can come to this center for advisement.
All first-time and returning students who desire assistance with registration will receive assistance with this process.
We will refer students as needed to other departments: Academic Departments, Counseling and Testing (for Career and Personal Counseling), Disability Services, Financial Aid, Retention Services and Tutoring.
These two sites will assist students with time management, test taking and study skills issues as well as a variety of other topics that can help all students
This office will do new faculty advising workshops one time per year and will provide faculty advisor updates on transfer and articulation information as needed.