ACADEMIC ADVISING AT PENN STATE: POLICY, PRACTICE, AND POTENTIAL

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Author:
Thoman, Jennifer
Graduate Program:
Educational Theory and Policy
Degree:
Master of Arts
Document Type:
Master Thesis
Date of Defense:
April 01, 2019
Committee Members:
  • Dana Mitra, Thesis Advisor
  • Maryellen Schaub, Committee Member
  • Kevin Kinser, Committee Member
Keywords:
  • advising
  • developmental theory
  • higher education
  • academic coaching
  • career counseling
Abstract:
As the field of academic advising grows, and best practices are researched, adopted, assessed, and adapted, it is increasingly important to evaluate the programs already in place in the field. This research project engages in that work through an analysis of current advising policy and practice at Smeal College of Business, Eberly College of Science, and the College of Education at Penn State University, University Park. The study utilizes methods of document and policy analysis to investigate and compare the advising theories and structures of the three colleges, as well as the guidelines and recommendations of the University Advising Council. Advising practices of the three colleges share some elements, but are largely quite varied. Based on these findings, as well as National Academic Advising Association and practitioner recommendations, suggestions for improvements are made to the university.