The Chronicle of Higher Education
March 19th, 2015
I have been an academic adviser for the
past 12 years at a variety of institutions, public and private, two-year
and four-year. Academic advising on those campuses varied greatly in
practice and protocol, but they all shared one primary challenge: time.
There was never enough of it, especially during peak advising times, to
meet the needs of all students seeking guidance.
In my first advising job, I was one of two full-time academic
advisers for approximately 5,000 students. In my second job, I was one
of six for roughly 18,000 students. And now, I am one of eight academic
advisers for about 14,000 students.