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- Assessing and Meeting Student Needs
- Assessing and Meeting Employee Needs
- Optimizing Your Use of Student Information Systems
- Academic Advising's Role in Change Implementation
By Sue Ohrablo, author of High-Impact Advising: A Guide for Academic Advisors
Ask academic advising professionals what they perceive to be the primary role of academic advising, and you’ll most likely hear responses such as "to help students," "to serve students," or "to facilitate student growth and development." All are appropriate responses which get to the most basic reason that advising departments exist; however, these objectives often remain ambiguous and ill-defined. What does "help" or "serve" look like? How is it achieved? Advising administrators need to assess the specific needs of the students whom they serve and implement a specific plan for meeting those needs.
Here are three strategies for assessing student needs and three strategies for meeting student needs.
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