Structures for Advising
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Preliminary data from 2011 national survey of academic advising.(Note: the monograph with results and analysis of this online survey will be published by NACADA will in early 2012 as a searchable CD. Follow up surveys on specific aspects of the survey will take place beginning in the 2012).
Question: “Which advising models best describe your advising situation?”(Check all that apply).
- Self Contained(all advising occurs in a center staffed primarily by professional advisors or counselors; faculty may also advise in the center.
- Faculty only(all advising is done by a faculty member, usually in the student’s academic discipline.
- Shared Supplementary [professional staff in a center support advisors (usually faculty) by providing resources/training]
- Share Split(faculty provide advising in academic discipline while staff are responsible for a subset of students, e.g., undecided, pre-majors)
- Total Intake(all incoming students advised in a center; students may be assigned elsewhere later)
- Don’t know
- Choose not to rely
- Other:(with space to comment)
Preliminary results:Respondents could check all models that apply to their situation and 25% of respondents did just that. Thus percentages add up to more than 100%.
Two-year colleges: 239 respondents.
- Self-contained (centralized unit staffed mostly by professional advisors/counselors): 32.6%
- Faculty only (mostly decentralized/advising in their offices): 8.8%
- Shared: 51.4% (split the most common type)
- Total Intake: 18.8%
- Other: 11.7%
Four-year (public and private specializing in awarding baccalaureate degrees): 104 respondents.
- Self-contained: 15.3%
- Faculty only: 39.4%
- Shared: 51% (split and supplementary are most common types)
- Total Intake: 7.6%
- Other: 12.5%
Four-year (public and private masters): 206 respondents.
- Self-contained: 18.9%
- Faculty only: 20.9%
- Shared: 58% (“split” the most common type)
- Total Intake: 15%
- Other 10.7%
Four-year (public and private awarding through Ph.D.): 197 respondents.
- Self-contained: 38%
- Faculty only: 08%
- Shared: 54.3% (“split” was the largest group)
- Total Intake: 16.8%
- Other: 16.8%
Note: The “shared models” differed greatly. The most common was the “split” model noted by 53% of respondents (e.g., a center for some populations - most often noted were undecided students -- with faculty advising students in specific majors. The “shared supplementary” model had its largest percent (23%) at baccalaureate institutions.
Additional note: 10% of respondents have peer advisors working within their model.
this resource using APA style as:
Miller, M.A. (in press). Structuring the conversation: Shifting to four dimensional advising models. In Carlstrom, A., 2012 national survey of academic advising. (Monograph No. 25). Manhattan, KS: National Academic Advising Association.Retrieved from the NACADA Clearinghouse of Academic Advising Resources Web
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