Driving Toward a Degree is a research collaborative which help institutions evolve their student supports. This year’s research examines barriers to improving advising in higher education and we are honored to have over 2,800 respondents, representing over 1,300 unique institutions, participating in our survey. Each year, we ask advisors, student support professionals, and administrators about the barriers to improving advising on campus. Where we see cause for concern is that colleges and universities perennially identify the same challenges since 2017.
In a series of three research briefs, we characterize the challenges, outline practices, and describe technology deployed to address problems related to caseload capacity, coordination across student supports, and student engagement. We also provide some ideas for institutions to consider if they want to move the needle in these areas without additional financial investment. In a fourth and final research brief, we examine how equity intersects with these three challenges.
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In the first of four research briefs we focus caseloads as a perennial barrier to improving advising.
In the second of four research briefs, we focus on lack of coordination across departments as a perennial barrier to effective advising and student success.
In the third of four research briefs, we examine student engagement, and the ways in which institutions can improve upon services to meet the needs of an everchanging student demographic.
Equity and access are tantamount to defining student success higher education. To drive towards more equitable outcomes, we must measure the extent that institutions can all deploy equitable practices at scale.