Are Peer Advising Programs Worth It?
Some colleges and universities have implemented peer advising programs as an innovative way to relate to young advisees and to effectively assist greater numbers of students during peak advising times. Certainly successful programs require significant management and oversight to ensure that appropriate messages and guidance are given by the peer advisers, who often are undergraduate students themselves. Does your institution manage a peer advising program? Is it working well? What are the benefits and challenges? Are there liability concerns? What kinds of experience and knowledge can peer advisers gain by assisting professional advising staff?
What is your opinion?