Integrating academic and career advising is becoming more common. Many colleges offer career courses to help students through self-assessment, career exploration, and decision making as well as to provide students with the tools needed for the job search. Virginia Commonwealth University has implemented strategies to improve academic advising as a way to increase student progress and graduation rates.
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Research has shown students gain more from their college experience when they engage in high impact practices. The author’s institution has implemented several HIPs into its curriculum and daily practice.