The Pre-Major Advising program touches the academic journey of every undergraduate student at Stanford, albeit with varying degrees of effectiveness.
Academic advising has been recognized as an important part of undergraduate education at Stanford for over a century and has been delivered poorly for just as long, according to the recent Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) report. But changes may be on the way.
The Faculty Senate heard reports on graduate education and undergraduate advising Thursday, as well as some surprising news from University President John Hennessy
What made the difference between my good advisor and the bad ones? It really boils down to four things: knowledge, commitment, availability and the intangible personal connection.
Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR) reinstated mandatory quarterly check-ins with pre-major advisors (PMAs) beginning with the Class of 2014. With a year under the program’s belt, UAR is facilitating feedback to try to further improve the pre-major advising experience at Stanford.
Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR), part of the VPUE, applauds your interest in strengthening academic advising at Stanford. Responsible for virtually all undergraduate advising except that which takes place within the major, UAR is in the midst of a concerted effort to improve undergraduate advising by educating students about the values and benefits of the advising resources available to them. We do this within a national context — our peer institutions around the nation find that advising is the thing that students are least satisfied with, as the Provost recently stated to the Faculty Senate. We look forward to doing so with support of faculty, staff and students as well as the upcoming SUES recommendations and report. We also do so with the knowledge that in this, the third year in which all freshmen and sophomores have had an Academic Director, it is clear the program has been a success and made quite a difference in advising at Stanford.
Before this year’s freshmen sign up for classes on Axess, they must first make sure they don’t have a hold on their account. Starting with the Class of 2014, undeclared students must meet at least once a quarter with their pre-major adviser. To ensure the plan’s adoption, students who neglect to meet with their advisers will face an enrollment hold that only their advisers can lift.