ERIC Number: EJ1022274
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
College Student Perceptions and Ideals of Advising: An Exploratory Analysis
Christian, Tiffany Y.; Sprinkle, Julie E.
College Student Journal, v47 n2 p271-291 Jun 2013
Student advising has been a staple of the college experience for decades. However, the importance of advising differs greatly through the lens of the observer. Students may feel that advising is a "waste of time" or that they already know what they need to take to meet degree requirements. Conversely, other students may want the added security meeting with an advisor provides in the final semesters of course work to ensure a timely exit from college. The current study examines student perceptions of and preferences for academic advising. The researchers developed a survey to ascertain student perceptions and ideals (N = 125) among graduate and undergraduate learners. Factor analysis was conducted to determine the conceptual fit of items within the survey. Demographic variable, correlation, and descriptive data analysis showed support for the researchers' hypothesis. Directions for future research and suggestions for improving the advising experience are presented.
Descriptors: College Students, Student Attitudes, Student Surveys, Academic Advising, Factor Analysis, Demography, Predictor Variables, Correlation, Measures (Individuals)
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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