Advising Assessment

Best Practices for Assessment and Review of College Advising Centers

Each year, the Provost’s Office implements a student assessment of advising. The assessment is shared with advising staff and college administrators and is utilized for the improvement of advising programs across the university. In addition, College Advising Centers may also conduct an assessment specific to the unit. The university advising assessment project is implemented in partnership with the Student Government Association.

Best Practices for Assessment and Review of Faculty Advising/Mentoring

“This Resources Manual is intended to be a repository of best practices suggestions and helpful resources for faculty, staff and administrators. The documents contained herein reflect the careful consideration of Faculty Senate. In these documents, a “best practice” is a method or technique that, through experience, research or evaluation has shown to achieve reliable and superior results. A “best practice” is expected to evolve over time and is to be used as a guide rather than prescribed practice, procedure, policy, or contractual obligation. These resources are provided by the University of Tennessee Knoxville Faculty Senate and the Office of the Provost for internal use only and are not approved or endorsed by the UT Board of Trustees or Office of General Counsel.” (Faculty Resource Manual: Faculty Senate Preamble)

Where appropriate, academic advising/mentoring may be considered a part of the faculty evaluation process and when done so falls under the category of teaching.

Faculty may consider submitting the following when preparing his/her written summary of accomplishments in advising:

  • evidence of advising/mentoring
  • a statement by the candidate of his/her philosophy regarding advising and mentoring and its implementation
  • a list of advising responsibilities including student organization advising
  • honors or awards received for advising and mentoring
  • development as an adviser and mentor (e.g. attendance at adviser/mentor development seminars or conferences)
  • letters of appreciation or acknowledgment of contributions
  • undergraduate honor theses as well as independent research/scholarship.

In addition, the department head may conduct an assessment of the candidate’s advising undergraduate students with input from students and peers—as appropriate. Department heads may utilize the Student Assessment of Major/Departmental Advisor developed by the Academic Advising Leadership Group (AALG).