Academic Recruitment And Academic Admissions

784 Words Sep 13th, 2014 4 Pages
With many institutions of higher education failing to retain or graduate first-year undergraduate students, colleges and universities are taking measure to increase the amount of academic support available to students. One area of support that many campuses have bolstered is academic advising. A recent study by Felly Chiteng Kot focuses on the role of academic advising in retaining, and increasing academic performance in first-year undergraduates at a large metropolitan public research university. The university uses centralized – split-model – advising where students are assigned to a professional advisor in a unit separate from their academic department. This unit of professional advisors is the only official advising service available to students who have less than 42 credit hours. After meeting the credit requirement, the students are then assigned to advisors within their respective academic departments. For the purpose of providing a clear and concise summary, the above model of centralized academic advising will be referred to as “CAA”. Chiteng Kot tracked data on a cohort of 2,745 full-time freshman beginning in fall 2010 to the conclusion of the spring term in 2011. All students were eligible to use CAA, and were considered to have used the service if they completed one face-to-face advising session a term. Data was tracked by recording the amount of advising sessions through electronic swipes of the student 's ID. This data was then compared to academic and…
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