Survey: Students Forgoing Advisors Who Can Help Them Graduate

Career College Central summary:

  • At a time when research shows that academic advising is a key to helping college students graduate on time, most say they aren’t getting it.
  • Sixty percent of students say someone other than an academic advisor is a primary source of information about their schoolwork. About a third of freshmen and 18 percent of seniors rely on friends and family, and another 18 percent on faculty who are not assigned as their advisors.
  • The disclosure is part of the annual National Survey of Student Engagement, based at Indiana University Bloomington, which polled nearly 335,000 freshmen and seniors in the spring at 568 colleges and universities about their classroom experiences, how much they interact with faculty and classmates, whether their courses were challenging, and how much they think they’ve learned.
  • The survey also found that 45 percent of freshmen and nearly 40 percent of seniors said their courses did not challenge them to do their best work.

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