Nature of college advisor in the twenty-first century

James M. Gregory, Raymond Desrosiers, Lloyd Heinze, Don Bagert, John Rivera

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Abstract

Advising is an important task for success of college students, especially students with professional majors, such as engineering. In addition to meeting the breadth of a college education, students in a professional major must also complete depth of study in math and science and the application of this knowledge in professional development. The requirements are strict and the sequencing of courses is critical for both academic success and efficiency in graduating by the desired date. Advisors are more than schedulers of classes. The selection and scheduling of classes should be efficient so both the student and the advisor can focus on issues critical to the academic success of the student. In a global sense, advisors provide the service of career development ranging in process from selection of major to professional development and management of a system of life-long learning. This paper identifies the duties of a modern advisor and discusses the advising process with the aid of web-based tools to increase both the efficiency and quality of advisement. Applications of this technology in the College of Engineering at Texas Tech University have been very successful. Students appreciate the quickness of the process and the ability to consider and plan all activities - not just the courses. Advisors are also happy with the shift away from scheduling and toward professional and personal issues that promote long-term academic and professional success.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7427-7433
Number of pages7
JournalASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2001
Event2001 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Peppers, Papers, Pueblos and Professors - Albuquerque, NM, United States
Duration: Jun 24 2001Jun 27 2001

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