ERIC Number: ED190176
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Educational Advising for Retention: Applying the Student Development Model.
Dassance, Charles R.; Batdorf, Richard L.
Factors are examined which should be considered in the development of academic advising systems that contribute to institutional holding power. The report first presents seven axioms, developed through an analysis of related literature, which are vital to the advisement process and then provides a bibliography of the materials surveyed. Then, four of these axioms are discussed: (1) recruitment efforts must not be given higher priority than retention; (2) the outcome of academic advising depends more on the interpersonal communication skills of the faculty advisor than on his/her subject expertise; (3) the advising process must actively promote the integration of the student into the college environment; and (4) advising must be developmental in nature, taking into consideration each student's skills and objectives. Indicators of effective and deficient advising systems are then presented in the areas of the selection and retention of faculty advisors; the organization, methods, and continuous nature of effective advising; and the use of student information. The report concludes by underscoring the importance of assessing basic skills, organizing the advising process around educational objectives rather than academic disciplines, using a multi-disciplinary team of advisors to assess the needs of new students, intensive orientation programs, and a continuous advisor training program. (JP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Forum presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (60th, San Francisco, CA, March 30-April 2, 1980)