Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

MA Higher Education


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Sisco, Burton R.

Committee Member 1

Walpole, MaryBeth


Academic Advising, Developing Purpose, Exploratory Studies, Selecting Major


College majors; Counseling in higher education


Higher Education


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.