Date Approved

7-24-2017

Embargo Period

7-24-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MA Higher Education

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton R.

Second Advisor

Walpole, MaryBeth

Subject(s)

College majors; Counseling in higher education

Disciplines

Higher Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of academic advising on students in exploratory studies. This study focused on the impact of academic advising on developing a purpose through exploratory studies. It also focused on effectiveness of academic advisors in guiding students to select a major that fulfills students' interests and needs as well as students satisfaction regarding academic advising guidance in exploratory studies. This was a qualitative research and a total of six face-to-face interview sessions were conducted to gather data. The research questions presented in Chapter 1 of this study focused on demographic information, advising assistance and guidance, satisfaction, and student - academic advisor relationship within an exploratory studies program. Qualitative technique was used to categorize information. Data analysis was presented through tables and descriptive methods. Qualitative data analysis confirmed findings from previous studies for the most part regarding academic guidance through the exploratory studies program and student satisfaction from academic advising. There were mixed results regarding finding purpose through exploratory studies due to a variety of factors presented in the discussion section.

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