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Ideas for Departments

Departments use a variety of methods and tools to give students a positive, effective advising experience. Each program has unique attributes that may influence how a department decides to advise - for example, students in some majors commonly study abroad, while in others many students may be preparing for professional licensure or graduate school. Below are a few ways departments at Bethel  have chosen to address the needs of their students.

Types of Advising Models

  • In a cohort model, a designated advisor or group of advisors takes all first-year students in the major and follows these students through graduation. This model allows advisors to focus on the particular concerns of first-year students one year, sophomores the next, etc.

  • In a group model, advisors meet with all advisees at once to communicate information that is common to all students. This allows individual meetings with students to be quicker and/or more personalized to the student’s individual questions, and allows the advisor to cover some material just once instead of repeating it in many student meetings.

  • In a peer advising model, junior and senior students help prepare first-year and sophomore students for advising appointments. This model allows students to share their experiences with each other and creates space for faculty/staff advisors to have more meaningful conversations with advisees. It can also reduce the amount of time faculty/staff advisors spend with each advisee.

  • All models include one-on-one appointments between students and faculty/staff advisors.  Some departments find that one-on-one advising best meets their students’ needs, without adding other advising-related programs or models.

Let us know if your department is interested in making changes to your advising model!