We strive to provide all of our students individualized attention, which is a big part of why we created the CIS Advising System.

The purposes of our advising system are:

  • To provide direct, personal attention to each of our students via a specific member of our faculty and staff.
  • To help guide students through all facets of college life at CIS.
  • To help the Dean of Student Affairs to have an additional, concerned pair of eyes and ears trained on student’s needs.
  • To keep formal, complete records on the yearly progress of each student.
  • To support students in all college matters.

The importance of having an advisory system:

  • To offer students a close academic relationship with at least one Faculty/Staff member.
  • The Faculty/Staff student advisor receives all important information pertinent to the student they advise.
  • The Faculty/Staff member personally knows the student’s parents or guardians.
  • Each student always has a member of the CIS Faculty/Staff in their corner.

A group of tutors coordinated by the academic director will be personally responsible for each student’s advisory.  The student can  discuss any academic concern, as well as any personal difficulties that could arise and affect his or her progress.  This sincere and open communication with a tutor has been shown to consistently improve the overall quality of students’ academic performances.

We refuse to allow any of our students simply to “slip through the cracks” should they be timid, an introvert, or even a historically average student in terms of grades — but especially due any lack of a strong, direct relationship with our staff and faculty.

Advisory group’s structure:

Students will be assigned advisors by the Dean of Student Affairs.  Advisors will have their advisees in at least one of the classes that they themselves teach.

Advisory Progress Report:

In order to gather documentation for the Quality Control System, advisors are asked to fill out a report sheet at the end of each semester for each advisee under their watch.  The Advisory Report Sheets will be sent via e-mail to the entire faculty several weeks prior to the end of every semester.  These reports must be returned to the Dean of Student Affairs before the last faculty meeting of each semester.

THE ROLE OF AN ACADEMIC ADVISOR IS:

  • To hold periodical meetings with advisees.  At least one before and one after the midterm.
  • To listen to what students have to say.
  • To be someone who advisees feel that they can go to with problems or concerns.
  • To keep record of all meetings.
  • To assist advisees in devising a study plan, develop better time management skills, to better and more efficiently use the library, and to communicate with all of their professors so everyone involved is in the loop.
  • To work out strategies for improvement and offer support and encouragement.
  • To review performance/ attendance.
  • To review mid-term grades.
  • To refer students who show interest or need to the Coaching Institute.