“When it comes to helping students be engaged, to give them advice about what they need to do outside the classroom, faculty are not always the best,” said Charlie L. Nutt, executive director of the National Academic Advising Association, which represents professional advisers.
“It’s not because they don’t care, but because they are hired to teach a specific set of courses. So they end up advising like they were advised in college: They give students a schedule and send them on their way.”
“Our hope is that students see us as more than just clerical workers,” said Irina Veramidis, a professional adviser at Temple. “We’re always here and we’re less intimidating than faculty, who are inaccessible to a certain extent.”
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