Graduation Year

2010

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree

Ed.D.

Degree Granting Department

Adult, Career, and Higher Education

Major Professor

Donald Dellow, Ed.D.

Keywords

Student success, Persistence, Retention, Student services, Advisor

Abstract

The primary propose of this study was to identify community college faculty's perceptions regarding the effectiveness of the self-contained campus academic advising center, the importance of the eight established NACADA advising goals, and the role of faculty in the advising process. In addition, the current advising behaviors of faculty at a community college with a self-contained advising system were examined. The study also investigated if perceptions and behaviors regarding advising vary among full-time and part-time faculty. The results of this study provide an overview of community college faculty perceptions and behaviors with regard to academic advising and the established NACADA advising goals. Specifically, over 75% faculty participants indicated that all eight of the NACADA advising goals were "important" or "very important". In addition, over 70% of faculty participants indicated that all eight of the NACADA goals for effective advising should be part of the faculty role. Even though the institution examined in this study employs a self-contained advising structure, over 96% of faculty participants indicated that they had personally advised one or more students in the past year. While full-time and part-time faculty were generally in agreement, data did reveal several significant differences in perceptions. The findings also show a significant positive relationship between faculty perception of their role in the advising process and the number of students they personally advise on all eight of the NACADA goals for effective advising.

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