ERIC Number: ED345825
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
ADVISE: A Catalyst for Change in Student Advising and Student Tracking.
Bach, Susan; And Others
In January 1991, Portland Community College (PCC) received Title III funding to develop a computerized student tracking and advising system designed to provide maximum academic assistance to at-risk students. The goals of the project included the following: (1) develop a student information system to link student service units; (2) design and implement a computerized tracking system; (3) train professional and faculty advisors to use the computerized system; (4) train faculty to advise new students; and (5) create an advisor's handbook for faculty. In order to acquire broad-based institutional support and involvement, an advisory committee was formed to oversee project development. Once the bugs and glitches were smoothed out of ADVISE, the computerized system, a series of presentations were made to deans, faculty, advisors, counselors, and other interested staff. Next, a student tracking pilot study was undertaken using volunteer faculty and first-time, full-time students from PCC's Sylvania campus. In addition, group and individual training sessions on the use of ADVISE were offered to faculty. As part of an effort to custom design and deliver training in advisement, focus groups were conducted with faculty which revealed a need for training in the areas of placement test evaluations, transfer requirements, and general information about PCC. Utilizing information gleaned from the various stages of the program, the advisor's handbook was being prepared. A guide to using ADVISE, and data tables from the pilot study are attached. (MPH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Portland Community College OR; Student Information System
Note: Paper presented at the Summer Institute on Institutional Effectiveness (Vail, CO, June 21-24, 1992).