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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
  Sep 21, 2021
2015-2016 Catalog [Aug. 2015-Aug. 2016] 
2015-2016 Catalog [Aug. 2015-Aug. 2016] [Archived Catalog]

Student Services: Academic and Career Advising

Academic Advising

To facilitate a collaborative relationship between students and advising staff in providing successful strategies to aid students in reaching their educational and career goals, Florida State College at Jacksonville provides an appreciative advisement model based on best practices in Student Affairs. Advising staff are available to provide pertinent information about:

  • Career options
  • Programs of Study
  • Co- and pre-requisites
  • Course selection and sequencing
  • Transfer requirements
  • Academic planning  
  • Balance between course load and work/ life responsibility
  • Strategies for identifying and examining possible barriers to educational success
  • Academic standing
  • Available college resources
  • Class scheduling
  • Graduation requirements


The advising staff can help students Make a Plan (MAP) to successfully complete an associate degree program in the most efficient manner by using a recommended Roadmap. Roadmaps are available for Associate of Science (A.S.) and Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) programs. A Roadmap is a sample term by term plan showing the recommended way to take the courses required for a degree. Each Roadmap includes a Course Sequence List that shows the same courses in the recommended order of completion, but without suggesting how many courses to take each term. Roadmaps provide a recommended pathway but do not address all options. Refer to the program of study page in the FSCJ catalog for more information and consult a Student Success Advisor before creating your Academic Degree Plan.

Programs with Roadmaps  

Academic Planning

An important step that students can take to increase their chances of success in college is to develop an effective Academic Degree Plan with an advisor. Students should choose a program of study early to ensure completion of their degrees. In preparing to meet with an advisor to create an Academic Degree Plan, students should review the following steps:

  • Clearly identify educational and career goals
  • Explore available educational options
  • Select the appropriate Program of Study
  • If seeking an A.S. or A.A.S. degree, review the Roadmap for your selected Program of Study to see the courses in the recommended sequence
  • Meet with an Advisor to collaboratively create an Academic Degree Plan that outlines course requirements for a Program of Study while taking into consideration educational requirements such as co- and pre-requisites, any possible transfer requirements, and work/life balance while attending college
  • Identify college resources that can assist in being academically successful
  • Identify co-curricular activities that can enhance educational experiences
  • Seek the mentorship of professors teaching in areas related to career objectives
  • Take advantage of internship opportunities in a career field
  • Periodically review the Academic Degree Plan with an advisor and make adjustments as needed

Career Planning

As a part of the College’s role of helping individuals reach their full potential, career-planning services are offered at each campus.

Services available include:

  • Assistance researching careers
  • Guidance matching majors to careers
  • Assistance on selecting and transferring to a university (accreditation, researching programs and professional goal considerations)
  • Internship exploration
  • Assistance developing a job search process
  • Résumé and cover letter review
  • Access to mock interviewing
  • Career-related workshops

Degree Audit

It is your responsibility to monitor your progress and enroll in appropriate classes with guidance from an advisor. In addition, you should check the accuracy of your degree audit each term with your advisor. Please be sure to review the specific items below:

  • Confirm that the correct name, phone number, address and program of study is listed
  • Be sure that all courses required for your program of study have been reviewed by an advisor for completion and that required grades for those courses have been earned
  • Review with an advisor any transfer credit that is being applied to your Program of Study
  • Identify specific elective(s), if applicable, as well as General Education requirements needed to complete your program
  • Review the minimal hours required to satisfy each subject area of your Program of Study (POS) (i.e. Communications, Mathematics, and Electives etc.)
  • Students who enter under the (2015/2016) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2015/2016 academic year. The student’s assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment.
  • Note: To maintain continuous enrollment status a student must have registration for, and successful completion of, at least one course for one full term in an academic year. If a student is not enrolled for three consecutive terms they will be readmitted under the catalog in effect during readmission. Students that have completed at least 50% of the degree or certificate under the previous catalog can appeal to be reinstated to the prior catalog requirements.
  • Accuracy of current course enrollment
  • Review any messages listed under: Graduation Status Messages

Your advisor will be glad to assist you in learning to use the degree audit. Schedule an appointment by calling or stopping by the Student Success Center at the campus of your choice.


Upon verification, FSCJ honors course substitutions that have been approved by other institutions. Florida state universities are required to admit community/state college students with an A.A. degree and some A.S. degrees; however, universities may require specific courses for acceptance to specific programs, including limited access programs. For the student’s benefit, the College will work with the appropriate institution to inform students of specific and limited access program requirements, and other requirements, which might affect transfer and graduation.

Excess Hours Advisory

In 2009, the Florida Legislature implemented Section 1009.286, Florida Statutes to encourage students to complete their baccalaureate degree as quickly and efficiently as possible. It established what is commonly referred to as an “Excess Credit Hour Surcharge.” The bill requires universities to add a surcharge to each credit hour taken in excess of the total number of credit hours required to complete the degree being pursued. The amount in excess of the total hours is calculated based on a percentage defined in law.

For the 2012-1013 academic year and thereafter, “excess hours” are defined as hours that go beyond the 110% of the hours required for a baccalaureate degree program. For example, if the length of a program is 120 credit hours, the student may be subject to an excess hour surcharge for any credits attempted beyond 132 credit hours (110% x 120).

Under Florida law, the following credit hours count towards Excess Credit Hours:

  • Failed courses
  • Hours dropped after the institution’s drop/add period
  • Courses from which a student withdraws
  • Repeated courses. Exception: repeated courses for which the student has paid the repeat course surcharge as provided in Section 1009.285, Florida Statutes
  • All credit earned at another institution and accepted for transfer and applied toward the baccalaureate degree program

Under Florida law, the following credit hours do not count towards Excess Credit Hours:

  • College credit earned through articulated accelerated mechanisms such as AP, IB, CLEP, AICE, or dual enrollment
  • Credit hours earned through internship
  • Credit hours required for certification, recertification, or certificate programs
  • Courses from which the student withdraws for reasons of medical or personal hardship
  • Credit taken by active-duty military personnel
  • Credit hours taken to achieve a dual major while pursuing a baccalaureate degree
  • Remedial and English-as-a-second-language credit hours
  • Credit hours earned while participating in a Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) program


Orientation is one of the most exciting and important events students will encounter as they begin their college experience. It is the first time that they will get to experience college as an official student. Orientation provides an opportunity for students to interact with fellow classmates and spend some time on campus or even in a virtual online environment getting acquainted with the college’s general rules and policies, resources and available services. The more students know about what to expect and what they need to do as they get started on their academic journey, the less likely they are to worry about the unknown. During orientation, students should take notes, ask questions, and be actively involved. After orientation, students should keep all of the brochures or other pieces of information that they are given in one place so that they can refer to them later.