In spite of the fact that faculty academic advising has the potential to become a central component in the delivery of quality services to students, its power is often unrealized by individuals in leadership positions on the college campus. National surveys find academic advising is second only to the quality of instruction among student priorities, while faculty surveyed at two- and four-year colleges overwhelmingly agree there is a relationship between advising and retention. Nevertheless, some individuals continue to view advising as a perfunctory and mundane process of helping students plan their class schedules. This session is intended to provide faculty members, decision makers, and resource allocators with a better understanding of the essential, multifaceted role faculty advisors play in student success and institutional effectiveness.
Part 1 of this 2-part workshop will focus on the critical nature of academic advising and affirm the importance of the role faculty play in its delivery. Part 2 will focus on best practices in support of faculty advisors.