Advising Teams in Effort
to Improve System
UNC’s academic advising program
has taken the first steps toward
improving an advising system that
has brought complaints from students and
raised concerns from members of the
Board of Trustees.
Carolyn Cannon, associate dean for academic advising, said that the advising program underwent a self-evaluation in 2006
after a candidate for student body president
campaigned to overhaul the advising system.
The system is being restructured by
eliminating the advising team system and
creating a model for academic advising that
involves academic departments.
The changes, at this point, mostly affect
first-year and transfer students. Starting this
fall, all new students were assigned to one
adviser within the academic advising program based on their major. Instead of assigning students to one of eight advising teams,
students are being assigned to a specific
adviser in one of three divisions modeled
after the three divisions in the College of
Arts and Sciences — fine arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, and natural sciences and mathematics.
To address the role of academic departments in student advising, the advising program has received funding for five full-time
lecturer positions in the five largest academic departments to serve as lecturers and
full-time advisers in an attempt to address
concerns about departmental involvement
in the advising process. If this new model
for advising works in these departments, it’s
possible that staff could be added to other
departments to better meet the advising
needs of other majors, Cannon said.
Changes will not have as much of an
effect on current undergraduate juniors
and seniors, who often seek answers for
questions about advising from sources
within their departments. Current students
may work with any adviser within their
division of the program or faculty advisers
within their departments.
Among other recommendations were
plans to introduce an online degree audit
system by fall 2010 and to create a full-time technology position to improve the
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