ERIC Number: ED355982
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Continuing Students' Responses to Academic Advising Following Implementation of an Advisor Caseload Assignment System at the Community College of Allegheny County, Homewood-Brushton Branch.
Poole, Rachel J.
In January 1990, an Advisor Caseload Assignment System (ACAS) was implemented at the Homewood-Brushton Branch (HBB) of the Community College of Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) to ensure that admitted students were assigned an academic advisor with responsibility for assessing their academic needs, advising them, and monitoring their progress. Previously, advisors had performed the same functions, but their caseloads evolved informally and unsystematically, and as a result, some students received intensive advising while others received little or none. Between October 1990 and January 1991, a study was conducted to determine the effectiveness of ACAS. A confidential survey instrument was administered at registration to continuing students, who were predominantly African American and economically disadvantaged, soliciting information on students' use of and attitudes toward the advising system. Study findings, based on 93 responses out of HBB's 364 continuing students, included the following: (1) 54.8% of the respondents had first enrolled at HBB prior to ACAS's implementation; (2) 100% of the respondents who enrolled before or during January 1990 and 72% of those who enrolled in August 1990 reported having an assigned advisor; (3) overall, 86% of the students knew the name of their advisor; (4) those respondents with greater longevity at HBB met with advisors more often than those with less longevity; (5) only 10.8% of the respondents did not meet with their advisor at least once after January 1990; and (6) proper course selection was cited as students' most important advising need, followed by solving schedule problems, planning academic programs, setting academic goals, following college policies, and understanding college policies. A review of the literature, recommendations, information on the campus's academic advisors, and the survey instrument are included. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Allegheny County Community Coll., Pittsburgh, PA. Homewood-Brushton Campus.