These are non-faculty positions that are responsible for all academic advising within a major or college. One nearby university in particular created eight new positions for this role last year. This trend is not "new" at community colleges that I'm familiar with. Faculty at those community colleges abdicated advising a number of years ago and I can trace that sector's movement to a particular event. My conundrum is this: At my current institution, there is a push for increased academic advising by faculty, which seems counter to my recent observations.
Q: Is my observed sample size (state/regional) too small to make the assumption that my school is moving "backward"? How is academic advising handled on your campus? Are professional advisers the "new norm?" Taking it to another level, what was your academic advising experience like? In a nutshell, mine was, "Here's a degree plan. Check off the courses. When you're done, apply for graduation." Apparently that's too complicated nowadays.
- Sawyer in Student Services