The relationship between academic advising and student success has been thoroughly documented. According to Gardner and Kerr (1995), “There is a wealth of important empirically-based research which has found a significant correlation between quality advisement, student satisfaction, and enhanced persistence and graduation” (p. v).
In order to ensure that Angelo State University students receive the best advising possible, the advising structure has been expanded to include College Advising Centers. Each of the five undergraduate Colleges—Nursing and Allied Health, Sciences, Education, Liberal and Fine Arts, and Business—have established advising centers that will serve the core function of organizing and monitoring advising placement and student performance in each College. Additionally, the College Advisors will perform duties specific to the disciplinary needs within each College. All five Centers will be in place by mid-summer 2010.
In addition to the establishment of College Advising Centers, a restructuring of the existing Center for Academic Excellence into an Advising Center that focuses on the needs of pre-declared students will ensure that every student knows who his/her advisor will be.
To further enhance student success, the University has also enacted an administrative requirement (effective fall 2010) that requires students to declare a major before or upon earning thirty semester hours. Advising staff will be responsible for working with those students who reach this milestone to assist them in making a decision about a major.
The Academic Advising Conceptual Diagram provides a visual overview of the advising process and its interrelated components.
Gardner, J., and Kerr, T. (1995). Foreword. In M. Upcraft and G. Kramer (Eds.), First-year academic advising: Patterns in the present, pathways to the future (p. v). Columbia: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for the Freshman Year Experience and Students in Transition.