Academic Services/Student Affairs Committee Recommendation on Advising
in Response to the Task Force on Undergraduate Education
March 2006


Recommendation:  The NBFC recommends that the University establish a centralized advising policy, which can be formulated as follows: standardized advising policies with decentralized advising locations, overseen by the Vice President for Undergraduate Education.

Explanation:  The category of student advising encompasses academic issues, which are best dealt with by faculty, and non-academic issues (financial aid, personal counseling, disabilities, etc.), which should be handled at the dean's level. General academic advising for new students is probably better served by using professional advising staff. Student advising works best when students are part of a small group and have an opportunity to make personal contact with their advisor. A commitment for a centralized advising office with branch offices on each campus will be required to achieve this goal. Departmental advisors should be available to students who are contemplating entering the major.