ERIC Number: ED454889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
Faculty Academic Advising: An Examination of Students' and Faculty Members' Perception of a First-Year Experience.
Spring 1998 surveys of faculty and students at University of Akron, Community and Technical (C&T) College (Ohio) queried respondents regarding their first-year experience with a faculty academic advising project. Forty of the 72 (55%) full-time C&T faculty responded, and 279 of 400 (70%) student surveys were returned. Faculty findings included: (1) Public Service faculty had the highest response rate (64%) of any division; (2) 45% of surveyed faculty felt neutral or felt they did not have sufficient skills to effectively advise students; (3) 75% of faculty members responding felt they needed more knowledge training; and (4) while the vast majority of faculty believed that students felt positively about having a faculty advisor, 53% were neutral or felt that faculty advising did not have a positive effect on retention. Student findings included: (1) the largest percentage of respondents (28%) were from Public Service, followed by Allied Health (23%); (2) 49% indicated they did not meet with their new faculty advisor, while 45% of respondents said they did; (3) 60% of respondents were positive or neutral when asked whether the faculty advising experience had a positive effect on them. Survey instrument, tabulations of results by question, and 22 figures are included. (PGS)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at National Conference on Student Retention (New Orleans, LA, July 8-11, 1998).