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ERIC Number: ED539665
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 179
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-2671-7115-3
A Survey on Advisor Perceptions of the Academic Advising Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska
Willis-Haslip, Shirlee
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, George Fox University
This survey research was the basis of the dissertation for the researcher's doctoral program at George Fox University, and was conducted at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). The purpose of this study was to measure the perception of faculty advisors and professional academic advisors in regard to the importance, responsibility for and satisfaction with twelve specific academic advising functions at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The questionnaire is similar to one developed by Allen and Smith at Portland State University, and was used with their permission. The 12 academic advising tasks, when properly delivered, are known to contribute to quality academic advising to promote student success. Advisors agreed that all 12 of the academic advising tasks were important, but did not agree that it was their responsibility to perform all of these tasks. In regard to satisfaction, many advisors answered Not Applicable, I do not perform this type of advising, and those who did respond, reported lower levels of satisfaction with their own performance in performing the academic advising tasks than their own measures of importance and assumed responsibility. While there were similarities, analysis of the advising tasks by advisor type revealed several differences between the advisor groups. Both faculty advisors (FAs) and professional academic advisors (PAAs) assumed responsibility for giving accurate information to undergraduates, but each of the two advisor groups ranked the tasks differently. This information can be used to generate discussion among advisors about the importance of advising and may assist in clarifying the roles of the faculty advisors and the full-time professional academic advisors at UAA. Further discussion and research is needed regarding the academic advising tasks, mandatory advising, and graduate student advising. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Alaska