This just in from the Weekly Updates from Dr. Ben Withers, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education:
The Senate’s Academic Advising Advisory Committee, led by Dr. Phil Kraemer, is in the early stages of planning a survey of academic advising campus-wide. While the exact nature and type of their survey has not been finalized, it is useful to note that UK’s Office of Institutional Research has produced two reports about undergraduate advising.
These reports, first conducted in 2009, utilize responses from the Spring Survey of First-Year Experiences, Graduating Senior Survey, and NSSE. The 2012 report found improvement in several areas over years covered by the surveys in both first-year and senior attitudes toward the quality of advising. Among other findings, the report indicates that the percentage of first year students who rated advising “good” or “excellent” increased from 73% (in 2007) to 85% (2012). An increase was also seen among seniors, rising from 60% (2007) to 69% (2012).
Compared to a sample of universities similar to UK (research universities with very high research activity), UK’s first-year students rated advising more highly than their peers at other institutions while seniors rated advising lower in 2007 and 2009. Overall, first-year students expressed greater satisfaction with advising at UK than their senior counterparts.