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Academic Advising

According to the National Association of Academic Advising (NACADA), academic advising is one of the critical components to progression and graduation.  In an effort to provide more comprehensive services to first-year students, first-year students began being advised through FYEP in fall 2013.  Centralizing all advising activities for first-year students within the FYEP resulted in a fall 2013 to spring 2014 retention rate of 94% for first-year students.  This is the highest retention for a cohort of students in the last 5 years.


This outcome supports the premise that centralizing advising services for all students could have significant benefits.  For this reason, ACE's advising model requires all first year students be advised by Professional Advisors in a central location.  These Professional Advisors would assist the students with monitoring their degree requirements, adhering to all academic policies and auditing all areas related to their degree programs.


Centralized advising for the first year allows for a more streamlined communication between student and administration related to the registration process.  Students with under 30 credit hours are advised through the Academic Center for Excellence.  Each first-year student will be assigned to an advisor that represents their learning community.  Advisors will only have a caseload between 100-150 students.  




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