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Professor, graduate student collaborate on advisement research

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Marilee Teasley

Marilee Teasley, a graduate student in the department of psychology, collaborated with Dr. Erin Buchanan, assistant professor of psychology, to develop a new instrument for measuring student satisfaction with academic advisement at Missouri State.

Buchanan and Teasley discovered through various analyses that by using two reliable scales, it is possible to evaluate the effectiveness of academic advisement programs and improve student satisfaction with their advisement experiences. Their findings will be published in the NACADA Journal this fall.

“When the journal was interested in more, we worked to collect even more data, edit the scale and interpret the findings,” said Buchanan. “The scale we designed could have a positive impact on advising assessment, which many people may find useful.”

The implications of their research could result in better student outcomes in academic advisement not only at Missouri State, but on other campuses, as well.

“Originally, this was a project to see how students here at Missouri State University felt about their advising experiences,” said Teasley. “However, with the help of Dr. Buchanan, we took what we had and created a statistically reliable questionnaire that any college can use for its assessment initiatives.”

Teasley and Buchanan predict that their research will help college students nationwide have better advisement experiences, resulting in improved college experiences overall.

“The time you spend with an academic adviser can set the tone for the rest of your college experience,” explained Teasley. “A bad experience may influence you to leave school, or you might just be completely miserable. On the other hand, a wonderful experience can set you up with all of the tools you need to succeed in college. Measuring the quality of academic advising is so important to make sure students and advisers are on the same page.”


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