ERIC Number: ED225449
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Self-Study of a Centralized Advising Unit at the University of Vermont.
Trombley, Toni B.
The operating assumptions and the value of the University of Vermont's Advising Referral Center were evaluated during a university-wide program review process. The centralized office supplements a faculty advising system and is designed to promote consistency and improvements in advising practices within the university. It serves as a communication link between the students and the faculty and administrators. As the center has developed, its emphasis has shifted from reacting to students' academically related problems to focusing on advising as a total system. The advising unit's goals may be divided into three broad areas: to assist students in decision making, help faculty to be better informed and skilled advisors, and foster a climate whereby administrators officially reward advisors. The center's activities include: reaching and assisting students and referring them to other resources when appropriate; responding to requests from colleges/schools/departments or individual faculty for support and guidance in advising; conducting seminars and workshops for faculty; acting as a catalyst for faculty and academic units to develop and evaluate their advising missions; and making the university aware of the needs of special groups of students. The last area was addressed through programs for nontraditional and reentry students, development of course descriptions and handbooks for transfer students and minority students, and a survey of transfer students' needs. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Ancillary School Services, Counselor Training, Decision Making, Faculty Advisers, Higher Education, Information Needs, Linking Agents, Material Development, Professional Recognition, Program Evaluation, Self Evaluation (Groups), Student Educational Objectives, Student Needs, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Vermont Univ., Burlington.