ERIC Number: ED348106
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Advising Connection: A Training Program for Faculty Advisors.
Clifton, Cherie; Long, Carolyne
At Amarillo College (AC) in Texas, academic advising is provided by certified counselors at the Advising and Counseling Center in conjunction with faculty and staff of the developmental studies department. In addition, all teaching faculty serve as student advisors. During the past 5 years, a number of factors have placed increased demands on the college's counseling and advising services, including increased enrollment; an insufficient number of counselors; a lack of knowledge of or interest in advising among teaching faculty; improved academic placement testing procedures; and the advent of the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP), a state-mandated reading, writing, and mathematics test which students must pass in order to move from remedial to college courses. In fall 1991, in an effort to improve the delivery of student advisement services, AC initiated the Advising Connection, a faculty advisor training program. Faculty volunteers attend a 4-hour (or 3-hour intensive) training session which includes lectures, question-and-answer periods, and computer workshops on using student data files. A brief training review is conducted prior to student registration. Participants in the program are trained to interpret students' scores on placement tests and the TASP test, to advise students into proper remediation or academic classes based on these scores, and to advise various special student populations. Program outcomes have included better student advisement, improved relations among faculty members, and increased understanding of the registration process among faculty. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Amarillo Coll., TX.