Student Organization Advising Models

Designated and Dedicated Advisors

Topics: Student Organizations and Activities, Student Experience, Student Affairs, Student Government

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Student organizations at three profiled institutions employ two advising models: long-term advisors dedicated to serving a particular student organization (e.g., student government, Greek organizations) and designated advisors individually selected by student groups. This report evaluates the advising model at three small, primarily undergraduate institutions.

  • Key observations from our research:

    1. Student organizations at profiled institutions often act independently and receive little oversight from student activities administrators.

    2. Student organizations with significant campus impact and financial responsibilities receive dedicated advising from student activities staff at profiled institutions.

    3. Institutions require all recognized student organizations to designate a faculty or staff advisor, but employ no requirements for faculty and staff advisor involvement.