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Advising Top 10 - Just The Facts

There are several non-profit organizations, as well as State and the United States Departments of Education, that track and provide data on higher education. This data was gathered from a variety of sources to provide an opportunity for individual institutions to determine how they compare to national trends.  

What is your student to advisor ratio?

What unique things are you currently doing to accommodate these numbers and serve your students?

Given the changing landscape, how is your institution preparing to meet student advising needs?

What do you think?  Share this blog to keep the conversation going!


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Author: Geri Anderson
March 4, 2019

Comments 7
  • Erin Hoag
    Erin Hoag

    Here is a presentation on advisor caseloads that gives another perspective:

  • Erin Hoag
    Erin Hoag

    Another great resource regarding recommended advisor loads is the following report, specifically see Appendix J.

  • Erin Hoag
    Erin Hoag

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas. We have linked all the stats in case you want to read further.

  • TJ

    Would you be willing to post citations for where you got each of these figures? That would be great! Facts and figures that should drive where we are headed in the years ahead.

  • Tom Grites
    Tom Grites

    I’m not sure how the 375:1 figure was calculated; it seems that could reasonably be a figure for primary-role advisors, but not where/when faculty advisors are used. This article by Rich Robbins provides some very useful information re: this issue:

  • Aaron W. Hughey
    Aaron W. Hughey

    This is typical of higher education; advisors are asked to do more with less. And when they lose an advisor, there is a tendency not to replace them but to distribute their advisees between the remaining advisors. This is EXACTLY the wrong approach. There is not substitute for the one-on-one relationship students need with their advisors. Technology can help, but it is not “the answer.” The answer is less senior administration and more front-line professionals. Flatten the hierarchy; the private sector discovered the benefits of doing this some time ago. Why are we always so behind the curve in the academy?

  • Cesar Jimenez
    Cesar Jimenez

    This is great information! Question, I see the advisees to advisor ratio but do you have recommended ratio information from NACADA?

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