Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Academic Advising Structures that Support First-year Student Success and Retention
by McFarlane, Brett Leland, Ed.D., Portland State University, 2013, 210; 3594951
Abstract (Summary)

Academic advising has been touted as a key to student success and retention. Today's academic advising delivery models vary considerably and little is known about the efficiency and effectiveness of these models. The purpose of this study was to determine if there is a relationship between how academic advising is delivered to first-year students at a four-year public, high research activity university located on the west coast and the students' satisfaction with advising, advising learning outcomes, and retention. In the study, responses of 628 first-year students to a survey which asked them about their attitudes toward and experiences with academic advising were examined. Results indicated statistically significant relationships between student satisfaction ratings and advising learning outcomes and how advising is delivered, specifically, who advises students, where students are advised, how frequently students are required to see an advisor, how frequently students choose to see an advisor, and how "mandatory" advising is implemented. Furthermore results showed that student retention was related to who advises students and how "mandatory" advising is implemented with peer-led advising processes showing higher student attrition rates than other processes. The overall advising delivery variable effect size was small. Implications for practice and suggestions for future research are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Allen, Janine
Commitee: Brubaker Cole, Susie, Haley, Karen, Works, Martha
School: Portland State University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Oregon
Source: DAI-A 75/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Educational leadership, Adult education, School counseling
Keywords: Academic advising, Advising assessment, Assessment, First-year students, Learning outcomes, Retention, Student success
Publication Number: 3594951
ISBN: 9781303398391
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