ERIC Number: ED443338
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of Advising Programs. Research Report.
Belcheir, Marcia J.
This study examined the perceptions of college students at Boise State University (Idaho) regarding advising, especially at the junior and senior levels where advising is a departmental responsibility. Students in upper and lower division courses completed a survey examining their perceptions of adviser characteristics, problems with their advisers, and how often they met with their advisers. Data indicated that only 13 percent of upper division students lacked advisers; most student advisers were faculty. The main reasons offered for students not having advisers were: (1) students' feeling that they could advise themselves, and (2) never having one assigned. Most students saw their advisers regularly and were pleased with the relationship. About 80 percent felt the current advising system adequately met their needs. The main problems perceived were advisers' lack of knowledge, unwillingness to help, and lack of accessibility to advisers (generally due to time constraints). Students with faculty advisers were more pleased than students who had non-faculty advisers (who were fellow students). Three appendixes comprise the bulk of the report: the spring 1999 Student Advising Survey; 16 data tables; and a classified list, by class level, of student responses to the question "What is the biggest problem with the present advising system?" (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Boise State Univ., ID. Office of Institutional Assessment.