Academic Advising Strategies to Support Undergraduate Student Success

  • Jennifer Bundy (Iowa State University)
  • Jodi A. Sterle (Iowa State University)


Undergraduate academic advising is an integral part of the student experience at Iowa State University (ISU). The Animal Science department at ISU relies almost solely on faculty members to advise and mentor undergraduate students as part of their teaching responsibilities. Incoming freshmen are matched with advisers based on their interests, career paths, and backgrounds before starting their first semester at ISU. Transfer students are initially placed with a transfer coordinator who is well versed in transfer credit evaluations and policies. Ideally, students will stay with the same adviser throughout their academic career, but they are given the option to request an advising change if their goals evolve over time or if they develop a close working relationship with another faculty adviser. The objective of our undergraduate advising program is to match students to an adviser that can provide both academic and career mentoring in the area that best suits the individual. Advising capacities, adviser specialties, and future enrollment must be taken into account when assigning new advisees to a faculty adviser.

How to Cite:

Bundy, J. & Sterle, J. A., (2018) “Academic Advising Strategies to Support Undergraduate Student Success”, Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 15(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/ans_air-180814-361

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Published on
01 Jan 2018
Peer Reviewed