Kent State implemented required advising in 2012. Results of two surveys (those with required advising and those without required advising) were compared. There were significant changes in the responses between the two groups. First of all, more topics were discussed with students in the “required advising” population, including responsibility, career aspirations, scheduling, grades, and progress toward degree. Secondly, more GPS plans were reviewed and updated keeping our students on track for graduation.
In an important change to academic advising, professors who advise were required to complete training which includes an overview of Pathfinder (1.2.e), and they must attend yearly advising update seminars to ensure they are up to date on the latest academic policies.