Academic Advising Challenges Before And After COVID-19

Academic advising has always played a very large role in the success of undergraduate and graduate students who attend universities around the world. However, due to the global pandemic, in-person classes and advising had to take a pause, and move to a virtual setting. Zoom became the main source of contact for students and their professors/advisors. Before online advising, advisors would see hundreds of students each semester, helping guide them to a successful semester and down a prosperous road to graduation. During the pandemic, advisors were forced to set up virtual advising sessions but were more limited on time slots, which limited the number of students who received advising during the pandemic. Now, with in-person classes reinstated, advising has followed suit, and many advisors have opened up to the in-person sessions, while still keeping those virtual sessions open for students who are not in person.

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