Intrusive Advising for At-Risk Students

Topics: Community College, Early Warning Systems, Student Retention and Success, Advising, Academic Affairs

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Research Questions

  • How do advisors conduct outreach to at-risk students?
  • What strategies do institutions implement to convince at-risk students to take steps to improve their academic performance?
  • What metrics do institutions track to assess intrusive advising?


In intrusive advising models, academic advisors proactively reach out to students, understand students’ backgrounds and challenges, and recommend appropriate resources. This brief profiles intrusive advising outreach protocols, advisors’ methods of identifying areas of concern and motivating students, action plans, and assessment metrics.