Ohio State will be one member of an 11-institution team gathering data to evaluate the effectiveness of advising. The University Innovation Alliance wants to determine if current advising techniques and programs are effective in retaining, progressing and graduating low-income and first-generation students.
The UIA is a year-old consortium of public research universities dedicated to to helping more students from all backgrounds graduate from college. This project will study some ten-thousand students. Using a variety of research methods to study whether or not systematic, proactive advising helps retain students at risk of not graduating.
The eleven universities will study advising methods such as: helping students develop individualized academic maps to plan out their college career, real-time alerts to track when they may be struggling and timely, targeted ad visor interventions to get students back on track.