State of Students
STUDENT PERSPECTIVES ON GRADUATION BARRIERS & ADVISING SUPPORT

In a recent national survey, over 1,500 undergraduate college students were asked 25 questions about logistical barriers to graduation and how these impact student expectations surrounding advising support  (Conducted in collaboration with The Center for Generational Kinetics). Key findings include:

  • 1/4 of students state that it will be difficult or very difficult to graduate

  • 80% of students feel most confident turning to an advisor for help

  • 70% of students want to connect with an advisor at least once a month

  • But only 1 in 4 connected with an advisor in the last 6 months

To learn more, listen to a conversation with Mark Milliron, Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer and Amelia Parnell, NASPA Vice President for Research and Policy on what students said about their higher ed journey and advising support, and how these learnings can inform our work together.


Meet Our Speakers:

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Mark Milliron

Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer, Civitas Learning

An award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant, Mark has worked with universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, foundations, corporations, associations, and government agencies across the country and around the world. As Co-founder and Chief Learning Officer at Civitas Learning, he is involved in all areas of the company’s development, especially helping catalyze a thriving learning community around analytics and student success initiatives with partner institutions. He serves on numerous corporate, nonprofit, education boards, and advisory groups, including the Texas Student Success Council. Most recently, Mark was named to the 2016 Chronicle of Higher Education List of Top Tech Innovators.

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Amelia Parnell

Vice President for Research and Policy, NASPA 

Co-editor of the forthcoming book, The Analytics Revolution, and advisory board member for the DC Public Schools’ Urban Education Leaders Internship Program Alumni Board, Amelia Parnell directs the Research and Policy Institute (RPI), which links research, policy, and effective student affairs practice in support of student success. Her current research portfolio also includes studies on leadership attributes of college presidents and vice presidents, documenting and assessing co-curricular learning, and assessment and evaluation in student affairs.  

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