During times of declining enrollment, colleges of agriculture are looking for effective ways to recruit and retain students. Effective academic advising is recognized as an important factor in achieving this goal. In addition, good advising promotes several desired outcomes: adjustment to college life, selection of appropriate courses and majors, development of career possibilities, placement in appropriate jobs, and rapport with alumni (Noel, Levits and Saluri, 1985). Because of these goals as well as an ongoing concern for understanding and improving academic advising, the Washington State University (WSU), College of Agriculture and Home Economics Improvement of Instruction Committee conducted a comprehensive study of academic advising in their college. In consultation with the Director of Resident Instruction, students in the College were surveyed to determine their perception of academic advising at Washington State University.
academic advising, recruiting, retaining students