Golden Gate Express | SF State’s Student Advising Process Will Change Fall 2023
SF State’s advising model will change with the goal of making the process more efficient in fall 2023. Students will no longer automatically be required to meet with faculty advisers for course planning.
In mid-Feb. 2023, all advice centers will move to the administration building. SF State aims to assign students a general counselor for their first two years and then give them the freedom to branch out with other counselors.
General advisors will help students advise on their degrees, while faculty advisors will play more of a career mentoring role.
According to Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education Kimberley Altura, the decision to change the model was based on student feedback that the current model is confusing.
The advising department has seen more success with a new advising model that was introduced to freshmen in 2020, where students were assigned an adviser.
“This new model just means that they will have the academic advisors that they can talk to and they will also have the advisors in this one-stop center, and those teams of advisors will all receive training directly from university departments,” Altura said.
In the spring of 2023, “advice squares” – or advisor training – will begin. According to chemistry professor and director of the faculty council, Dr. Nancy Gerber, during the multiple training sessions, four faculty members from almost every department will come together to determine what the faculty council will look like in the fall of 2023. .
“I hope this will help improve communication between professional advisors and faculty advisors,” Gerber said. “So that it’s not about a student seeing one or the other.” But there will be a pleasant and warm transfer between the two.
SF State will move all counseling centers to the second floor of the Administration Building starting in mid-February to make students less confused about the location of the counseling. It will be a one-stop-shop for students to get help from general advisors on lesson planning and other general advice.
This would give faculty advisors more room to be mentors to students, removing the routine aspects of advising from their role so they can work with students on career counseling, internships, and scholarly pursuits.
Anastasia Chaudry, a biology major and student assistant, has worked for the Liberal and Creative Arts Counseling Resource Center for two years. Chaudry isn’t thrilled that the ARC will be moved to the administration building, as she thinks it will lose the comfortable, accessible charm it currently has.
“It looks like it’s going to become a very business-only area,” Chaudry said in a text message. “As if we wouldn’t have the chance to really interact with the students and have a relaxing atmosphere.”
The Department of Computer Science is excited about this change because it doesn’t have enough professors to keep up with the number of students seeking guidance. But Gerber said not all departments were excited.
Health Promotion and Wellness Public Health Intern and Public Health Major Miya Valdehuesa prefers getting advice from faculty advisors and Metro College’s Success Program because they know her better than general advisors. She would prefer to speak only to a pedagogical adviser, because it would be more difficult to schedule two separate appointments for the general council and the pedagogical council.
“Faculty advisers are more likely to be aware of their colleagues’ teaching styles,” Valdehuesa said in a text message. “They might be able to provide more information about which teacher best suits a student’s learning style.”
LCA Graduate Teaching Associate in Creative Writing London Pinkney has never interacted with a General Counsel while at SF State, both as an undergraduate and now as a graduate student. She thinks it’s a good thing that general councilors share some tasks with major councillors.
“Even though I’m not a real teacher, I can’t imagine juggling counseling and being an instructor,” Pinkney said. “So I think it would be really great to have people who are, you know, their dedicated position is to be an advisor who can actually learn the systems.”
Students will be informed of the changes in the coming months.