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Academic Advising

According to the National Association of Academic Advising (NACADA), academic advising is one of the critical components to progression and graduation.  In an effort to provide more comprehensive services to first-year students, first-year students began being advised through FYEP in fall 2013.  Centralizing all advising activities for first-year students within the FYEP resulted in a fall 2013 to spring 2014 retention rate of 94% for first-year students.  This is the highest retention for a cohort of students in the last 5 years.


This outcome supports the premise that centralizing advising services for all students could have significant benefits.  For this reason, ACE will restructure the advising model to have all students advised by Professional Advisors in a central location.  These Professional Advisors would assist the students with monitoring their degree requirements, adhering to all academic policies and auditing all areas related to their degree programs.


Benefits of centralized academic advising

  • Increased cohesion of the learning process and decreased likelihood of course substitutions
  • One centralized location for any questions related to courses within the General Education curriculum, as well as individual majors
  • A more streamlined communication between students and administration related to registration, advising, and curricular questions
  • Fewer individuals advising students on General Education core requirements and a centralized auditing process for assessment of degree requirements, which will increase consistency in advising

Students with under 30 credit hours are advised through the Academic Center for Excellence. There are four full-time faculty members who maintain the advising caseload.  The individual caseloads range between 100-150 students each which is less than the national average.  Additionally, since first-year students are cohorted in learning communities, there are a number of advising contact points that are conducting in groups through the first-year experience course.  These group settings are a complement to the individual appointments students have throughout the semester.




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