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ERIC Number: ED573322
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 38
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 58
Academic Advising in British Columbia
Pardy, Linda
British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
The term "advising" has been used by various areas within post-secondary education institutions in British Columbia (BC) and across Canada to describe a variety of activities and tasks that result in providing information to students. The postsecondary education environment in BC has evolved over the past number of years and student advising has changed along with it. Post-secondary institutions are currently challenged to increase student engagement, improve workplace readiness of their graduates, internationalize, increase retention rates of Aboriginal and non-traditional students, and prepare students for sustained participation in a learning economy. Academic advising plays a pivotal role in supporting student retention and success at postsecondary institutions and continues to adapt to meet these new realities, whether the need is to serve new student client groups or to communicate new academic frameworks and programs. This paper examines the current state of academic advising in BC, references it to the literature on the topic, offers examples of successful practices, and identifies areas for future research. The research consisted of a literature search, an online survey of advisors currently working in BC Transfer System institutions, a website review, and student focus groups. The following are appended: (1) Surveyed Institutions; (2) Advisor Survey Instrument; and (3) Focus Group Protocol & Guide Questions. [For the executive summary to this report, "Academic Advising in British Columbia. Executive Summary," see ED573323.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT) (Canada)
Identifiers - Location: Canada