ERIC Number: ED310812
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Advisement Systems for Part-Time Students in SUNY Community Colleges.
Halpin, Richard L.
In the spring of 1989, a study was conducted of the academic advising systems and practices in place for part-time students at 27 State University of New York (SUNY) community colleges. The purpose of the study was to gather information on the advising systems and to determine if adult, part-time, evening students had the same access to advisement as full-time day students. Personal interviews were conducted with 30 faculty/staff members at the colleges who were responsible for the academic advisement of part-time students. An analysis of responses revealed the following: (1) part-time students compose 51.5% of SUNY community college enrollment; (2) few outreach programs exist for part-time students attending in the evening, at which time the extent of academic advising seems to be limited to "having someone available"; (3) students who attend classes at extension sites appear to be better served as a result of the specific assignment of advising responsibilities to a site coordinator; (4) many colleges have instituted evening advisement centers to increase student-staff contact and thereby increase the retention rate of part-time students; (5) in about one-half of the colleges, the administrative structure for the advisement of full-time, matriculated students is the same as for part-time, matriculated students; and (6) the most common response to the question of what improvements the interviewees would make was "to have greater evening and weekend availability of advisement". Appendixes include the letter of introduction and the interview questionnaire. (VVC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Jefferson Community Coll., Louisville, KY.; New York State Education Dept., Albany. Bureau of Grants Administration.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Albany. Two Year Coll. Development Center.