From: Jeremy Jones, Devon Dupas, Alexis Jackson , Yasin Pierce Date: February 24, 2014
Subject: Proposal for Improving Relationships between Student and Adviser
Statement of Objective
Graduation rates and retention rates have gradually been declining at Southern University. According to Sudar Kumar Trivedi, in 2012-13, enrollment decreased to 5,934 from 6,993 in 2010-11. Students can partially be the blame for this and the university as well. Many students have blatantly shown their frustrations to other students about taking classes that were not needed. One of the main reason for this is the lack of advisory students have received. Student's and adviser’s relationship have the tendencies to diminish after their freshman year. Many students neglect their advisers when going through the trials and tribulations of being college student. The student's relationship between his/her advisor needs improvement. Many students are taking classes that are not needed and are not graduating on time. Students are also graduating with no internship experience because of the lack of mentorship the students have received throughout their tenure at Southern University. Students are more likely to transfer and attend an alternative university which may offer the courses which is needed and more opportunities upon graduation. Our main objectives are to increase graduation rates, student retention, and a plan that will successfully improve the student/ advisor relationship.
Plan of Work
The solution to this problem is to implement a policy where all students are required to meet with their counselors three to five times a semester for an evaluation. Advisors can discuss internships opportunities, curriculum, jobs, building resume and many other things. Even if it’s just a brief conversation, the short conversation can have a great impact on a student’s direction. Secondly, advisers could input a small evaluation at the end of semester or year about each student they advise. This evaluation will also give the students a chance to reflect on what they need to improve and opportunities they choose to pursue before and upon graduation. It will consist of five to seven questions on the each student they advise. Advising periods will take place on Fridays when there are no classes scheduled.
Division of Task
Each group member has been assigned to conduct 25 surveys and an interview with an advisor in the four major departments of Southern University campus. We will interview various advisers and get their opinion on this subject. We will round out our research with a review of internet articles that relate to our topic.
Jeremy Jones – 25 survey questions in the College of Business Schedule interview with advisor in perspective department Secondary Research
Alexis Jackson -25 survey questions in the College of Education Schedule interview with advisor in perspective department
Yasin Pierce - 25 survey questions in the College of Engineering Schedule interview with advisor in perspective department Secondary Research
Devon Dupas-25 survey questions in the College of Nursing Schedule interview with advisor in perspective department
Meeting log Sheet
Plan of work
Division task/final touches
Schedule of Work
Group members will meet on the 12th and 19th of February to discuss and write proposal.
Group members will have students in four different departments fill out surveys to collect data from 2/24-3/1.
Group members take information gathered from interviews, surveys, and secondary research and develop a summary from 3/5- 3/23.
Group members will begin writing drafts and prepare for our oral presentation from 3/26 – 3/31
Clearly, this problem needs addressing and we think this plan will improve both graduation and retention rates in the near future. It will also lure more recruiting companies to Southern University. Fixing this problem is very cheap and cost-efficient because Southern University has the resources that are needed in its own backyard.