ERIC Number: ED210989
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Two Edges of Advisement: Report of a National Survey.
Barger, Robert N.; Barger, Josephine C.
The state of academic advisement in postsecondary education was studied through a survey of representatives of 58 colleges and universities and students who were pursuing undergraduate degrees in four-year institutions during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. About 59 percent of the institutions were public, 41 percent were private, and 22 percent had a central advisement program. Only 45 percent of the public students rated their advisement as excellent-to-good, compared to almost 59 percent of the private students. For the three time periods, there was a marked decrease in public student satisfaction with their advisement and a corresponding increase in private student satisfaction. Students in large public universities were considerably less happy with their advisement than were students in small schools. Students viewed themselves as the most helpful resource in making decisions about majors, teachers as the most helpful external resource, and advisors tied with friends as being least helpful. Some of the data indicate that 34 percent of the freshmen were not obliged to consult an advisor. In addition to the survey findings, 20 issues that have affected postsecondary education over the last two decades are briefly considered. These include an emphasis on science, civil rights, affirmative action, women's rights, a movement that emphasized ethnic identity, community colleges, student power, financial aid from governmental sources, adult and continuing education, and Public Law 94-142. A bibliography, sample questionnaires, and sample student descriptions of an ideal student advisement program are appended. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Academic Advising Association (5th, Indianapolis, IN, October 11-14, 1981).