Academic Advising Structures

At Small to Mid-Sized Private Science and Technology-Oriented Universities

Topics: Advising, Academic Affairs, Student Retention and Success

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As institutions increasingly focus on student success, higher education administrators evaluate their academic advising structures to determine how to best serve students. For example, is it best to centralize advising services in a main office, or to decentralize across academic departments?

This research brief profiles institutional structures, policies, and evaluation processes used for undergraduate academic advising at small to mid-sized private science and technology-oriented universities.

  • Key observations from our research

    1. Advising models vary by college, school, or program at three of five profiled institutions.
    2. Central academic advising offices typically coordinate first-year advising programs to guide student transition to college life and help undeclared students explore majors.
    3. Profiled institutions decentralize major advising according to one of three models: faculty advisor, staff advisor, and professional faculty core advisor.