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About the ARC

Mission Statement

The College of Liberal & Creative Arts (LCA) views academic advising as a critical component of students’ educational experiences. The Advising Resource Center (ARC) partners with students pursuing a major, minor, or certificate in LCA to achieve their learning goals. We support students in attaining these goals by providing accurate and timely information, listening carefully to questions and concerns, fostering an environment conducive to personal and academic growth, and collaborating with students in identifying and achieving their goals.

At the Advising Resource Center, we work with students to:

  • Create a supportive environment
  • Meet diverse interests
  • Provide direct service and referrals
  • Select appropriate courses
  • Choose majors, minors, or certificates
  • Celebrate successes and address challenges
  • Discover campus resources
  • Connect with communities
  • Reduce potential costs through strategic choices
  • Enrich educational and cultural experiences
  • Explore study abroad options
  • Facilitate academic growth and successful graduation
  • Discuss post-graduation opportunities

We are committed to meeting the needs of all students, while acknowledging and accommodating their personal and academic backgrounds, identities, and circumstances. Whatever is of interest to our students is an important part of our advising.

We see students by appointment or through drop-in advising. We recommend that students with majors, minors, or certificates in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts schedule an appointment with an ARC advisor, and an advisor in their major, at least once a semester. We look forward to meeting with you.

Vision Statement

Students with a major or minor in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts (LCA) will view the Advising Resource Center (ARC) as a welcoming place, where they will receive assistance in achieving their educational goals and post-graduation plans. Students will know that the ARC works on behalf of their best interests by fostering student inquiry, nurturing emerging scholarship and creativity, empowering students’ voices, and encouraging contributions to the campus community and beyond. The ARC facilitates exploratory major and career conversations, and helps students engage with campus resources at all levels of study and for the purpose of employment.

Advising in the ARC is grounded in informed, holistic, integrated, and respectful interactions: students are recognized, heard, and supported. All questions and concerns can be explored in the ARC, where students get answers and valuable referrals. We connect students to ideas, people, and key resources that will contribute to their evolving goals across time. We strive to advance students’ academic, material, and personal resources.

To accomplish these goals, every LCA major or minor will participate in at least one ARC advising encounter each semester and advisors enthusiastically welcome these interactions. Students and advisors will consciously choose to cultivate sustained relationships, to make our students’ own visions possible.

 

Together We Make Graduation Happen!

Staff

Rubin_Karen

Karen Rubin

Director, Advising Resource Center

Phone: (415) 338-1486
Email: krubin@sfsu.edu

Cochrane_Steven

Steven H. Cochrane

Academic Standing

Phone: (415) 338-1486

Shimanoff_Susan

Susan B. Shimanoff

Associate Dean of Student & Curricular Services

Phone: (415) 338-1471
Email: shimanof@sfsu.edu

 

For appointments with an advisor, please email achieve@sfsu.edu or call (415) 338-1486.

 

Success Stories

We are very proud of our current Liberal & Creative Arts (LCA) students as well as our alumni! They are accomplished creators, innovators, and change agents. We invite you to share your achievements with us at achieve@sfsu.edu and to read about some your peers on the following web pages:

Read about Successful Undergraduate Students

Read about Successful Graduate Students

Read about Successful Faculty

Read about Successful Alumni