Show Me the Way: The Power of Advising in Community Colleges

Posted by Center for Community College Student Engagement on February 19, 2018

It’s a no-brainer that the more advising colleges offer, the more engaged students will be in their education.

But a new report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement shows that effective advising may have a larger impact on returning students and thus colleges’ persistence and graduation rates.

The report highlights that 78 percent of returning students reported meeting with an adviser, compared to 62 percent of entering students. According to CCCSE, that detail is significant because less than 50 percent of first-time-in-college students return to the same institution the following fall, indicating that early advising leads to increases in retention.

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