Academic Advising and Student Retention: A Winning Combination (Pandemic or No Pandemic)
Aaron W. Hughey | Western Kentucky University
Dr. Aaron W. Hughey is a University Distinguished Professor and Program Coordinator in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University, where he oversees the master’s degree program in Student Affairs in Higher Education, as well as graduate certificate programs in International Student Services and Career Services.
Before joining the faculty in 1991, he spent 10 years in progressive administrative positions, including five years as the Associate Director of University Housing at WKU. He was also Head of the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs for five years before returning to the faculty full-time in 2008. Dr. Hughey has degrees from the University of Tennessee at Martin (Secondary Education – Biological Science), the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (Educational Psychology), Western Kentucky University (Counselor Education – Student Personnel Services), and Northern Illinois University (Educational Administration with an Emphasis in Higher Education).
He has authored (or co-authored) over 60 refereed publications on a wide range of issues including student learning and development, recruitment and retention, leadership, standardized testing, diversity and educational administration. He regularly presents at national and international conferences and consults extensively with companies and schools. He also provides training programs and conducts webinars for multiple organizations on a variety of topics centered on evidence-based best practices. The increasingly important and still-evolving role of academic advising as an integral component of effective student retention initiatives is one of his specialties.