Take a look at any successful person in any area and odds are high he or she owes some portion of the credit to good advisors. The same applies to education. As part of its efforts to further improve student success, the College of Continuing and Professional Education has added student advising to its list of services. Since October 2013 advisor Yancie Carter has been seeing students in the Student Services Center of CCPE. He comes to CSULB with a heart for students and having worked previously in the CSU system at CSULA. Read on to learn more about his passion for the field.
How did you get interested in advising?
While I was student teaching at a local high school, I had the opportunity to take a student aside to help him with a particularly difficult personal issue that he was having trouble understanding. When I was able to show him a different way to approach and view the problem, and he 'got it', I knew that I had chosen the right field! So I went to visit my advisor and changed my major from secondary education to psychology.
What is your education and experience in advising?
I have been working in higher education since 2002 starting out as a federal work study student working with AmeriCorps Jumpstart program. I graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and a M.A. in Forensic Psychology. Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to experience working with Private, For-Profit, and state universities within the areas of Student Service and Advising. While working for California State University, Los Angeles, I would typically advise students within a specific program area. California State University, Long Beach gives me the opportunity to work with students who primarily need to take courses via Open University, students seeking admissions to CSULB, disqualified students seeking reinstatement, or perspective students seeking advisement on one of our many certificate courses or degree completion programs with the College of Professional & Continuing Education.
What are the top concerns of the students you see?
1) Friendships—building relationships & fitting in
2) Stress—managing pressure from school, home, family &/or myself
3) Developing/improving study, test-taking, and organization skills
What personal message would you like to share with students?
From day one, working in Higher Education and providing superior student satisfaction have become my ultimate goal. Helping students and parents realize their goal of graduation day propels me to work diligently with each and every student that I encounter. Treating each person with respect and humility allows me to serve the student and the institution bringing a value proposition I can be proud of.
To schedule an advising appointment, you may contact Yancie directly at Yancie.Carter@csulb.edu or call his direct line (562) 985-7430. You may also schedule an appointment through our e-mailbox at CCPE-INFO@csulb.edu as well.