ERIC Number: ED382919
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
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Academic Advising Ain't What It Used To Be: Strangers in the University.
Byrd, Marquita L.
This keynote address discusses ways undergraduate education is changing in terms of the diversity of students, financing education, and time required for graduation. How these changes affect academic advisers is the focus of the piece. The article is a response to a college administrator's charge to advisers to adapt to the new face of undergraduate education. Administrators are asking that advisers help students choose majors earlier and for advisers to discourage students from dropping classes as a method of grade point manipulation. It is suggested that faculty be equipped for their task of advising by providing them with systematic in-service training and by making advising an official and evaluated aspect of faculty responsibility. Faculty, it is argued, usually have no way of documenting time spent in advising, nor do they have methods for verifying effectiveness or for gathering data that would be useful in improving their advising skills. Without reliable methods of assessing advising for tenure purposes, faculty essentially provide a service to the university for which they are not compensated. (RJM)
Descriptors: Academic Advising, College Credits, Educational Counseling, Faculty Advisers, Faculty Evaluation, Faculty Workload, Higher Education, Student Needs, Teacher Role
Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Academic Advising Association (18th, Las Vegas, NV, October 9-12, 1994).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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