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ERIC Number: ED232509
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Last But Not Least: Academic Advising.
Raskin, Miriam S.; Looney, Sara
Perceptions of advising held by new faculty, department heads, and administrators were investigated in 1981, and the need for training faculty for advising was explored. Questionnaires were completed by 18 new faculty and 25 department heads at George Mason University, Virginia, and 8 administrators were interviewed. Although the majority of administrators, new faculty, and chairs believed that advising is important, seven of the eight administrators ranked publications, research, and teaching as more important than advising. In addition, three administrators also ranked university service and grants as more important than advising. A large percentage of the new faculty reported that their skills and aptitude for advising were not discussed with them when hired. This is somewhat contradictory with the perception of the department heads who felt they discussed this issue when hiring new faculty. Only six of the 25 department heads reported that formal training for advising exists and three faculty reported receiving formal training at the departmental level. One of the most important findings was that at the end of the academic year, new faculty said they did not feel prepared to advise. Sixty-six percent felt they needed training to be better advisors, while 83 percent would have attended advisor training if offered. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: George Mason University VA