Date Approved

9-1-2020

Embargo Period

9-3-2020

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

EdD Doctor of Education

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Kerrigan, Monica Reid

Second Advisor

Grites, Thomas

Third Advisor

Hendricks, Sean

Keywords

Academic Advising, Career-Advising, Higher Education advising

Subject(s)

Counseling in higher education

Disciplines

Higher Education | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Abstract

The role of today's primary role academic advisor is robust and multifaceted. Advisors must continually provide supportive outreach and engagement to address student interests, develop academic plans, and identify career paths from the time students first enroll, throughout their college experience, and oftentimes, well past graduation. Although meeting with students is at the forefront of expected duties, advisors must also balance working with various data sets and systems, faculty and chairs, and stay abreast of changes in procedures and processes. The purpose of this inquiry was to document and further understand the current career-advising practices of primary role academic advisors as they work directly with students. Using a qualitative, single case study approach, I acquired data through semi-structured interviews, observations, and document analysis. Results of this study reflect deeper-level understanding of current career-advising practices used by primary role advisors along with recommendations to improve the connection from academic advising to career decision-making.

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