ERIC Number: ED136159
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Peer Academic Advisement: The Use of Students as Peer Paraprofessional Support Staff.
Levinson, Judith H.
The use of peer paraprofessionals in an academic advisement setting provides an attractive method of extending student services. Students selected to be advisors develop expertise in interpersonal communication skills and,through their increased understanding of college and their peers, are able to more fully experience their own educations. Furthermore, peer advisors are able to provide valuable feedback to the staff about campus facilities, academic offerings, the impact of policy upon students and the effectiveness of the staff itself. Professional training and supervision are critical to the success of peer advisement programs. Student development staff and academic teaching faculty may, depending upon the specific functions of the peer advisors, jointly teach, administer and monitor the program. Students from particular academic disciplines, special interest groups or ethnicities can be selected as peer advisors thereby expanding general student services. Administrative structure should be determined by individual institutions and supervision. Clearly, peer paraprofessional staff can provide a new and exciting dimension to student services but they do require the assistance and support of professional staff in order to be effective. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Association of Women Deans, Administrators, and Counselors (60th, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 18-21, 1976)