Academic Advising for Exploratory Students

Topics: Advising, Academic Affairs

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As students already enroll at institutions unclear on their career path, universities must implement support systems for students’ academic exploration.

This brief examines academic advising structures for exploratory students. Contacts also provide insight into how offering a recognized exploratory program is a retention tool that promotes academic success.

  • Key observations from our research:

    1. Develop and establish an office of academic advising for exploratory students to better serve students.

    2. Support the student exploration through courses, workshops, and partnerships with other student services.

    3. Set policies that require students to declare a major by a certain point to force structured exploration.

    4. Provide advisors for exploratory students with ongoing training and professional development opportunities to maintain quality academic advising.