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ERIC Number: ED265904
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Academic Advising in the Community College.
Houpt, Ann
After discussing the importance of good academic advising, this paper briefly describes the status of advising in 15 community colleges (all but one in New Jersey), highlights especially salient issues, and offers suggestions for the improvement of student advising. Introductory comments point out the benefits of academic advising to the student and the college when it is done well. Next, survey findings are presented regarding academic advising goals, needs, policies, training, personnel, and strengths and weaknesses at the 15 colleges. The paper then compares the local survey findings with the results of a national survey and an analysis of current literature, revealing that the four basic questions in advising were: (1) What are the goals of advising? (2) Who does the advising and what are its rewards? (3) What kind of training needs exist? and (4) How is the program evaluated? After discussing each of these issues, the paper identifies several factors of primary importance in the implementation of a successful advising system (i.e., students and advisors must be aware that a system is in place and must know what the system is designed to accomplish and how it can be accessed; advisors must be available when students need them; and the college must place high value on advising. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: Princeton Univ., NJ. Mid-Career Fellowship Program.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Current Issues for the Community College: Essays by Fellows in the Mid-Career Fellowship Program at Princeton University (JC 860 072).