The Group Advising Model

The foundation of most academic advising programs includes individual meetings with students; however, models across higher education are increasingly incorporating group advising sessions to conserve limited resources and ensure that critical information and tools reach larger populations of students when they need it. Group advising can offer advantages in terms of time, advising resources, and interactive learning potential but might also introduce concerns about missed opportunities to connect with students. Has your unit addressed the option of group advising sessions? Can such a practice enhance an academic advising program?

What is your opinion?

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    Quinn Beeler

    The idea of group advising is something I haven’t heard of before, but is very interesting to me. I think it could potentially be very beneficial to students. Having open conversations about where students are in deciding on majors can really allow students to feel more comfortable in exploring. Knowing that not everyone is exactly sure what they are doing will provide some comfort to students. It could potentially lead to new ideas about majors and careers that students would not have come to if it were not for having open conversations. It may also help with course selections. Students can talk about courses they have taken and give recommendations on what they classes were like; the teaching style, how exams are administrated, the course topics, etc. Although there are circumstances where group advising would not be appropriate for some students, overall I think offering this opportunity would benefit students who wish to participate.

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    Liz Orbits

    We historically have served all students F2F but are talking about offering group advising. In the current climate of reduced funding/staffing, we need to begin looking at more innovative models that serve students. I would welcome any feedback from other CC’s who are using this model…..thanks!


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