Q. In an era of shrinking funding in support of Higher
Education and cut backs in services, what strategies do
you suggest to foster collaboration between advisors and
those who fund advising programs?
I believe that the most effective way to garner support
from the decision-makers who fund advising programs is to
tie advising directly to the impact that successful advising
has on retention. Certainly most administrators understand
clearly that it is far better to retain students than to
recruit new students in a 'revolving door' scenario. I have
also found it helpful to share the results of evaluations
of an advising program with those responsible for funding.
Of special interest can be the comments that students make
regarding the connection between advising and student success.
Nancy S. King