Primary Research Group has published:  Survey of Best Practices in Academic
Advising, ISBN 978-157440-3473

This study presents data from 45 colleges and universities about their
academic advising efforts.  The report helps its readers to answer questions
such as:  how large are academic advising staffs and how fast are they
growing, if at all?  How many students seek academic advising? What kind of
workshops are being offered by academic advising units and how effective are
they?  How do academic advising departments assess their own performance, or
train their employees? How much do they spend on employee training? How do
colleges relate academic advising to student retention? How many colleges
have been able to significantly increase their student retention through new
approaches to academic advising? How important a priority does the college
administration view academic advising? 

Just a few of the study’s many findings are that:  

Colleges with between 3,000 and 6,000 FTE enrolled students had a mean
academic advising staff size of 4.4 professionals.

Workshops for students in time management were among the most popular and

The higher tuition charged by the college, the greater the number of peer
mentors used, irrespective of college size or other characteristics.

About 37% of academic advising sessions are completed in less than 20 minutes.

Mean annual spending for training the academic advising staff was
approximately $3,500.  

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