Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University


Supporting the academic advising needs of adult learners is paramount for colleges and universities. Research suggests that the faculty advisor's role is pivotal in students' academic progress. At both the undergraduate and graduate levels, faculty advisors are tasked with supporting adult learners in achieving their professional goals and providing resources to ensure their academic success. Specifically, they help students navigate curriculum requirements and provide support both inside and outside the classroom. The tasks and responsibilities associated with faculty advising can vary based on the institution type and program needs. However, junior faculty who take on advising responsibilities at regional public universities may not understand the various elements that comprise student advising. This qualitative study addresses a gap in the literature by exploring student perceptions of academic advising and emphasizing the student/faculty advisor relationship. This study's findings can provide junior faculty with insight for creating purposeful advising practices that enhance student retention and satisfaction.